Powerful Uses of Twitter

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By @mSchlemko & @sahlinvic

What It Means to be a Networked Educator

by Alec Couros via flickr

 Twitter in 60 Seconds

Twitter can…

  • Extend your personal learning network (PLN)
  • Keep you up to date on current research, trends and news
  • Give you access to new ideas about what you are passionate about
  • Help you get feedback from peers and experts
  • Connect you to global collaboration

Twitter is an excellent social media tool that allows you to do all of this in an instant.

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Our Professional Journey

  • Daily professional development—PLCs extended
  • Help and support from peers and experts

Todd Whitaker

Michael Fullan

Mike Mattos

  • Chat groups based on my needs and areas I would like to grow and contribute

#d5

  • Answers/feed back from peers that understand the challenges of the education field
  • Global connections for myself and my students

@Ms.J’s Class

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  • Social connections with others globally, locally and within your own building

#irecpd

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Traci Landry (@tlandrydtsd)
11-08-22 2:29 PM I think being on twitter is like attending the best conference in the world and you get to pick the speakers.

IREC Teacher Reflection

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Why Twitter for Schools?

Iron Ridge Elementary Campus

@IREC1

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  • Engages parents & community
  • Changes that stories about school
  • Educates parents & community about current pedagogy

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  • Starting to use for collecting & reflecting on data

#iele1

5 Reasons to Use Hashtags to Gather Data

Digital Citizenship

What do you need to think about in the area of digital citizenship for yourself, your staff and for your students?

Livebinder 7 Habits of Digital Citizenship

WCPS Digital Citizenship Resources

Connected Kids by Mark McWhinnie WCPS

How to Get Started with Twitter and Building Your PLN

Video: Twitter for Teachers – Part 1 – Setting up Your Twitter Account

Twitter for Teachers – Part 1 from shannon smith on Vimeo.

Video:Twitter for Teachers – Part 2 – Creating Your Twitter Profile, Sending a Tweet and Replying to a Tweet.

Twitter for Teachers – Part 2 from shannon smith on Vimeo.

Video: Twitter for Teachers – Part 3 – Retweeting, Favorites and adding to your PLN

Twitter for Teachers – Part 3 from shannon smith on Vimeo.

Useful Twitter Links

Twitter for Educators:  A Beginners Guide

28 Ways Teachers are Using Twitter in the Classroom

Welcome to The Twitter4Teachers Wiki!

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Reflections of Pedagogy, Technology & Change

“When you are engaged with others doing something meaningful, you can accomplish wonders.” (pp. 70). This quote is from a book by Michael Fullan called Stratosphere. From my perspective, this describes our journey at our school.

Our staff often celebrate and reflect what we have accomplished via collaboration. Our lead team (admin, special education facilitator/coach, & instructional/tech coach) also get together to reflect. The number one celebration theme for the past few years continues to be common language amongst staff, students and parents.  It started with the 7Habits language, then it gained momentum with the comprehension/thinking strategies and the gradual release pedagogy and now it’s carrying on with the DAILY 5 structure as well as purposeful technology integration including class blogs, student blogs and BYOD in  K-4 environment. Here is some of our baseline data for pedagogical change throughout the last few years:

  • All staff read The Leader in Me by Stephen R. Covey and were trained in the 7Habits

  • Some school council members read The Leader in Me

  • All staff collaborated on developing mission/vision

  • School council educated in 7Habits & digital citizenship

  • All staff read Reading for Meaning by Debbie Miller book and some read Strategies that Work by S. Harvey & A. Goudvis to extend their learning

  • All staff in-serviced and instructing comprehension strategies with common language

  • All staff teaching using gradual release of responsibility model to set up instruction for small groups and individuals

  • All staff assessing literacy using the Fountas & Pinnell system

  • All staff educated and implement our 7Habits of Digital Citizenship

  • All staff have class blogs and some also are exploring with student blogs

  • Grade 1-4 class implement BYOD

  • ¾ staff have been in-serviced in Daily 5 by “The Sisters”

  • All staff moving towards flexible classroom space/environment

  • School has been leveraging social media to:

    • develop professional growth

    • connect classrooms globally

    • engage parents and community

As I read Stratosphere by Michael Fullan, I realize even more what an incredible journey- pedagogically & technologically- we are traveling. Fullan states that “Pedagogy, technology, and change knowledge operating in concert will become a powerhouse of learning.” (pp.71).  I believe we are beginning to experience this:

1. Pedagogical change by implementing comprehension/thinking strategies within a gradual release of a responsibility model and flexible classroom environment model.

2. Technology integration by having the opportunity to facilitate our U21C project: Pedagogy First that provided time and support for teachers to collaborate.

3. Change knowledge by purposefully planning, innovating and building capacity: “…leadership and teaching is proactive in the sense of helping other people create a world they didn’t know they wanted.” (pp. 68).

It’s exciting work!

* Cross post from http://inspireconnections.wordpress.com