Sunday, May 25, 2014

Discoveries on Twitter or, why my colleagues would love this tool.


This past year, Twitter has been a great resource for learning and connecting with fellow educators. Through Twitter I have been able to:

  1. Learn about fabulous picture books from librarians passionate about good literature. This website: Watch. Connect. Read.  by K to 5 Librarian @Mr.SchuReads, introduced me to delightful wordless books: Chalk and Fossil by Bill Thompson. Great inspiration for writing!

  1. Discover and participate in global events that engage students with kids around the world. The Global Read Aloud, is an event I am considering for the next school year.  If your students have participated in the past, I’d be interested in hearing about your experience.

  1. Discover science projects that give students a chance to participate in meaningful research and the opportunity to contribute their data to a project with the Canadian Space Agency, through, Tomatoshere,.

  1. Learn about professional texts such as: Inquiry Circles in Action Comprehension and Collaboration by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels.  A teacher in Ontario, @avivaloca, mentioned  this worthwhile read.

  1. Learn how others are using apps for the ipad. A gem of a discovery was an easy to  use app called: Explain Everything.  With parental support my grade ones used this app to create videos for the 100th day of school. Students have also used this to demonstrate math problems, and science projects.

What's Next?

Now that I use Twitter, I am considering how I might use it with my students. Could Twitter be a tool to support learning, innovation and the creation of knowledge? Recently I met @MissAHoeksema who has a class Twitter account. Her grade three students tweet to share learning and to tell about their day. I am curious to hear from other teachers who have class Twitter accounts. The effective use of technology tools is part of our broader understanding literacy.

So consider using Twitter if you have not done so. Develop a PLN, Professional Learning Network, of fellow educators who learn and share by connecting with teachers around the world, across Canada, and right here in our district.

You Are Invited
Join Twitter to participate in twitter chats on topics of interest. You are invited to join a twitter chat on May 28th at 5 pm MST. Follow #leadepsb to explore, learn and share with EPSB colleagues.  See you there!

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