This has been an exciting week for me with one of my online professional learning courses. The maiden voyage was made for our Twitter in the Classroom course. There is a small group of educators taking the class who are all excited about learning how to use Twitter and are beginning to post great ideas for using Twitter educationally. One participant of the course stated, “Twitter can be used to give a ‘shout out’ to individual students who put forth extra effort in class.” Another person said she loved the thought of using Twitter because she had “a couple of students who never speak up in class.” They were seeing Twitter as a valuable communication tools for staying in touch with parents and reminding students of upcoming assignments. Two comments directly related to the course and its instructional material that did my heart well are “I’m really enjoying this class…” and “This is the most I have used Twitter since signing up…I am having fun!” When such positive input is being provided from course participants, it motivates me as an educator to continue providing material and learning myself.
The next big push of information that I will begin mining and developing is for measuring student success in the online classroom. There seems to be little information related to this topic currently. The traditional classroom has much information published on measuring student success. However, the blended classroom and the online classroom have little. This may be a wide-open area.
10 Simple Ways To Encourage Student Achievement
6 Traits of Successful Teachers
7 Ways to set up your Auto Tweets
5 Ways to Double Your Twitter Followers in 10 Minutes a Day
25 Good #Hashtags to Know
10+1 Ways To Be A Better Private English Teacher
For the Love of Reading
Enjoy the resources and have a great weekend!
- #Hashtags Coming to a Facebook Near You (melissapenate.com)
- Technology lets teachers meet students on own turf (sfgate.com)
- Facebook Looks to Use the Hashtag (newser.com)
- Guess What They Plan Now (foxnews.com)
- Facebook to Add Support for Hashtags to Take On Twitter (news.softpedia.com)
- Facebook working on incorporating the hashtag (denverpost.com)
- Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking? (guardian.co.uk)