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Elizabeth Alderton and I gave this presentation at the 2010 WiscNet Future Technology Conference. ...

Elizabeth Alderton and I gave this presentation at the 2010 WiscNet Future Technology Conference.

The presentation focused on three research projects. Two related to integrating online discussion into a traditional face to face class (High school & Undergraduate). The other research project focuses on how classroom teachers are using Twitter for professional development.

http://www.wiscnet.net/Future-Technologies-Conference-2010/

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  • Shiny Objects, Classroom Practice and Professional Growth Eric Brunsell [email_address] @brunsell Elizabeth Alderton [email_address] Future Technology Conference <> 5.10.10
  • Citation: Brunsell, E., Alderton, E., & Bariexca, D. (2010, May) Shiny Objects, Classroom Practice, and Professional Growth. Presented at the WiscNet Future Technologies Conference, Madison, WI. May 10, 2010 “ Twitter Bird” is from Matt Hamm's Flickr photostream
  • How many bloggers does it take to change a light bulb? JayRazz’s Flickr photostream
  • 1 …and 99 to comment on how they would have done it. Via: http://www.bloodhoundrealty.com/BloodhoundBlog/?p=2027 JayRazz’s Flickr photostream
  • Flickr: jepoirrier's photostream Brunsell, E. and Cimino, C. (2009) Investigating the impact of a weekly weblog assignment on the learning environment in a secondary biology course. In Education, 15(2) Flickr: jepoirrier's photostream
  • Flickr: jepoirrier's photostream Flickr: jepoirrier's photostream
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  • “ Mr_Stein's photostream 94% of students used resources NOT provided by the teacher as they participated in blog assignments
  • Week 1 17% Week 8 72% Face-to-Face Participation Whiskeygonebad’s Flickr photostream
  • “ After getting used to talking to everyone on the blog it didn’t seem like such a big deal to give an answer in class.” Week 1 17% Week 8 72% Face-to-Face Participation “ In the beginning of the class I was afraid to raise my hand and look stupid. The blog assignments made me feel more confident each week so I was no longer afraid to look stupid.” Whiskeygonebad’s Flickr photostream
  • More than a Shiny Object? JayRazz’s Flickr photostream
  • In the initial survey, only 33% of students had a positive outlook on classroom blogging. By the fifth week of completing blog assignments, all but one student ( 97% ) had positive perceptions of the project and that one was indifferent. More than a Shiny Object? JayRazz’s Flickr photostream
  • courosa's Flickr photostream
  • 46% Multiple perspectives “ I liked hearing from different people in my major, and hearing their points of view without them actually saying them aloud. I think a lot of people don’t speak up very often and this is a great way to see what those people think about different topics.” Flickr: eekim’s photostream
  • 22% Time to process / think deeply about content and ideas. Flickr: Loveinchero’s photostream “ I think that having to write something in front of my peers is good motivation to thoroughly understand a topic so that I don't end up looking like a total fool.” “ I like the opportunity to compile my thoughts and express them when I'm ready and at my own pace.”
  • What Works? (N=113) Flickr: Eleaf’s Photostream “ When we had to pose a question at the end of our discussion it made me think a bit deeper about what I was writing on the discussion board.” “ Many people had written questions in their reflections, so when responding I was really forced to think more deeper and critically.”
  • 20% Mandatory participation Flickr: Amboo Who?’s Photstream “ I liked that we had to post twice because without that I wouldn't have tried to understand other people's perspectives or read what they wrote.” “ for on-line discussion it is mandatory for everyone to engage in discussion. In class its easy to not participate. So being engaged was the benefit.”
  • Flicrk: globevisions' photostream
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  • Hey, this is Nancy. Twitter is down right now…when you get this message, give me a call. I’m dying to hear what you had for breakfast. Via danhollings.posterous.com Raptortheangel’ Flickr photostream
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  • Who are they? George Eastman House’s Flickr photostream
  • Who are they? George Eastman House’s Flickr photostream
  • Who do they follow? Brajeshwar’s Flickr photostream
  • Educators: 67% Content: 17% Other: 16% Brajeshwar’s Flickr photostream
  • What are they Tweeting? nicholasjon's Flickr photostream
  • What are they Tweeting? Educational Practice Asking Questions Sharing Resources Social Unknown nicholasjon's Flickr photostream 40% 4% 10% 43% 3%
  • What are they Tweeting? Educational Practice Asking Questions Sharing Resources Social Unknown nicholasjon's Flickr photostream 40% 4% 10% 43% 3% 54%
  • What are they Tweeting? nicholasjon's Flickr photostream My students are researching topics related to disability for &quot;Stop The R-Word&quot; day. http://www.r-word.org/ 9:59 AM Mar 31st via iTweet
  • What are they Tweeting? nicholasjon's Flickr photostream Wow! Thanks @[teacher]. What a cool history idea! http://twhistory.org/reenactments/ 3:56 AM Mar 11th via web
  • What are they Tweeting? nicholasjon's Flickr photostream What sites, similar to CoverItLive, do you use for creating a chat room for your students? 5:49 AM Feb 28th via web
  • What are they Tweeting? nicholasjon's Flickr photostream @[teacher] He shot at me (us?) from some bushes & then jumped out waving his gun. I think he was going to rob us till he saw his daughter 7:05 PM Apr 15th via… @[teacher] He didn't know me yet. That's how I met him. I was walking w/ his daughter, who he hadn't seen in 2 yrs, 7:04 PM Apr 15th via TweetDeck in reply to teacher
  • What are they Tweeting? nicholasjon's Flickr photostream @GovChristie U refuse 2 extend the tax 2 those who make $400K plus b/c they leave state, what do U think will happen w/ talented educators? 7:09 PM Apr 4th via TweetDeck… @GovChristie How do you justify paying a guy to tweet 25% more than you pay me, a 10yr veteran, gave up career in molecular biology research 7:07 PM Apr 4th via TweetDeck in… @GovChristie And I gladly pay it, now more than ever, to defend my rights as a n educator. Thank you for strengthening my local btw 7:05 PM Apr 4th via TweetDeck in reply to…
  • Collaboration Brunsell‘s Flickr photostream
  • Collaboration Brunsell‘s Flickr photostream “ I've shared several examples of classroom activities related to cell respiration with @[state science education consultant] and @[teacher] - we have emailed the projects back and forth and provided each other with constructive criticism.”
  • Collaboration Brunsell‘s Flickr photostream “ I've communicated with a lot of Twitter people in regards to things like finding appropriate research articles, using different classroom resources & activities, and conference attendance.”
  • Benefits Brunsell‘s Flickr photostream
  • Benefits Brunsell‘s Flickr photostream “ My practice benefits from my involvement on Twitter because I am more confident in my ability, have many more resources, have a PLN [personal learning network] I can turn to for instant response to a problem or encouragement when I’m in need of it.”
  • Benefits Brunsell‘s Flickr photostream “ I have people to offer advice and keep me motivated on days teaching is hard.”
  • Benefits Brunsell‘s Flickr photostream “ I’m exposed to so many new ideas and tools that I take into my classroom.  It shapes how I see my practice and how I see what is possible in my classroom.”
  • Impact Idiolector’s Flickr photostream
  • “ Thanks to my Twitter Network, I now routinely use Text-to-Speech software with students during the editing phase of the writing process.”   Idiolector’s Flickr photostream
  •   “ I will be participating in the National Writing Project because my Twitter Network has convinced me that I need to participate to improve my teaching practice.”   Idiolector’s Flickr photostream
  • “ [Teacher] and I have worked together on several projects between our classrooms. Specifically, we worked on a project designed to raise attention around the genocide occurring in Darfur. Our students developed blog entries, videos, Animoto presentations, and VoiceThreads around the issue.” Idiolector’s Flickr photostream
  • ` I Tweet, I learn So What? James Sarmient’s Flickr photostream
  • Now What? Eric Brunsell [email_address] @brunsell Elizabeth Alderton [email_address]