On Wednesday, I spent about three hours reading all the class blogs and posting on those where I thought I had something knowledgable to add. I cannot get over how much I learned just from reading what other classmates were writing! I can honestly say that two classes into this course, I may have learned more applicable information than I have in most of the other courses combined!
I found myself very intrigue by twitter that night. Being new to this site, I hadn’t exactly discovered the “ins and outs” of how to use it, let alone where I might use this in my class. However, thanks to many of you, I found some amazing ideas. I started a list of things I thought I could do in my own classroom. Thus far the list is up around 30! That night, I sent out a tweet asking: What does water mean to you? and got some tweets back. This is great because our unit of study in Science right now is water and I plan on showing my students how we can tweet people for their thoughts and opinions.
I also sent out a tweet asking for ideas for lessons on Pythagorean theorem and immediately got a great site from a classmate. I used this site the next day in class and also sent it home in my daily emails for the parents to watch. I love that I did not have to spend countless hours searching the Internet.
After Wednesday, I have decided that my school goal this year is going to be using technology in my classroom in as many ways as possible. I am not going to limit myself by being extremely specific on what I plan to do because I think I will get ideas weekly and maybe even daily. I plan on keeping a journal or log book of all that I have done or used so that in future years, I can refer back and also at the end of the year I can look back and know that I accomplished my goal! I am also thinking of somehow making this my major project for this class, but I haven’t quite figured out how. If you have any thoughts on this, I would love to know.
I still have some reservations about twitter in the classroom. I do not want my students to know my twitter name so I am thinking of opening a school account. I am also concerned that parents might be worried about the fact that I am exposing their children to yet another social networking site. While I see the educational value of it, I am worried that students will then use this application without parent consent or knowledge. I still had students in my class whose parents did not allow an email account and so I doubt that twitter is something they want their children on. Thoughts or suggestions? I would also love any other suggestions for ways to use it in the classroom and thanks to all those who already posted the ones that got me started!