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  1. 1. Katie Napier CI 350 Harold Blanco 4 December 2013 Twitter Assignment Throughout the course of a month, I have had the opportunity to follow a variety of educators that have shared thoughts, advice, and teaching strategies that should function to increase my skills as a future teacher. These influential individuals would include: PernelleRipp, George Couros, Gwynneth Jones (aka “The Daring Librarian”), and Chris Weijr. In addition, I have also had the opportunity to follow my CI 350 instructor, Dr. Harold Blanco, who has posted a variety of materials regarding the utilization of technology within the classroom. Overall, I intend to implement much of the teaching strategies/advice that I have received throughout this month in order to become a more effective teacher. PernelleRipp: PernelleRippis a fifth grade teacher and a mother of three children that currently resides in Washington. Overall, she is best known as the founder of the Global Read Aloud, a project that was initiated in 2011 for the sole purpose of connecting children around the world through the mutual appreciation of books. Throughout this month, PernelleRipp has posted a variety of tweets that include articles, pictures, video clips, inspirational thoughts, and information regarding:student assessment, effective reading strategies, techniques to increase student motivation/interest, the utilization of technology within the classroom, and the need for student collaboration. However, the overall theme behind the majority of Mrs. Ripp’s tweets has been focused on increasing student motivation within the classroom through the utilization of technologyand collaborative projects. Since Mrs. Ripp feels so strongly about the power of reading, she attempts to increase student interest towards this subject as frequently as possible. Therefore, in order to determine prior knowledge and student preference toward reading, Mrs.Ripp periodically, instructs her students to write brief reflections regarding their experiences with books and whether or not they enjoy reading. These reflections offer feedback regarding student growth and motivation; thus enabling the instructor to modify her curriculum when
  2. 2. necessary (in order to increase student achievement).In addition, Mrs. Ripp also utilizes her blog: “Reading through the Fourth Dimension,” to share thoughts and advice on motivating students to read. Such tips include: acknowledging their different reading levels, allowing them to choose their own books (to an extent), permitting students to sit anywhere in the classroom when reading, offering them a variety of ways to share their thoughts through various forms of technology, and utilizing engaging activities (rather than traditional book reports) to assess student comprehension. Such tips will ultimately increase studentinterest in reading among both girls and boys alike.Not only does Mrs. Ripp steadfastly believe that student creativity, innovation, and collaboration should be encouraged, but she also believes that grades and report cards fail to accurately reflect student progress or stimulate student motivation towards learning; thus she asserts that tests should not be utilized as the sole indicator of student academic achievement. Therefore, Mrs. Ripp suggests that observational feedback and handson projects should be utilized to increase student motivation and assess student achievement.Ultimately, I must concur with Mrs. Ripp; tests rarely reflect true student progress and thus should be utilized in moderation. In addition, I believe that class projects/assignments that are applicable to the children’s lives should be implemented in order to truly stimulate student motivation and achievement. Ultimately, I have found the majority of Mrs. Ripp’s tweets to be highly enjoyable as well as applicable to my future career. Through her tweets, I have learned much regarding: student motivation, the utilization of technology within the classroom, and the power of effective reading instruction. Therefore, I believe that Mrs. Ripphas shared a variety of information that will help me to become a better teacher.
  3. 3. George Couros: Another influential individual that I have had the opportunity to follow on Twitter would include George Couros. Overall, Couros is a Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning that desires to promote student collaboration and innovation through the implementation of technology. Throughout the course of a month, Couros has tweeted about a variety of subjects, including: his love of dogs and his favorite baseball team. However, Couros also tweets about various educational topics,such as: the importance of effective leadership, the role of technology within the classroom, and the need for student collaboration.Ultimately, the theme behind many of Couros’s tweets has been focused upon utilizing technology to: increase collaboration among educators and prepare students for life in the 21st Century. Overall, Couros believes that the primary way to bring about effective learning in today’s society is by fully embracing technology. Therefore, in an attempt to increase teacher effectiveness and student success in the 21st Century, Couros strives to connect classrooms, educators, parents, and administrators through the implementation of such Web 2.0 tools as: Google Drive, Google Handouts, and Remind 101.Furthermore, Couros also advocates a policy known as “individual learning and mass sharing,” in which he counsels educators one-on-one in the area of Professional Development. In these individual sessions, he encourages educators to ask questions regarding a particular form of media that they are interested in incorporating within their curriculum (such as blogging, social media, or Google Drive). He then works with that particular individual to set up the web-based applications that they desire, and he posts their accomplishments on Twitter to inspire other educators to do the same.Overall, I love the idea of educators connecting with one another in an effort to increase effectiveness! I completely agree that faculty and administrators should collaborate in order to complete the common goal of preparing students for life in the Twenty-first Century.Ultimately, I have learned much regarding: leadership, motivation, collaboration, and the importance of technology within today’s classroom. Thus, I intend to implement many of the technological applications and Web 2.0
  4. 4. tools that Couros recommends (such as Google Drive, Twitter, and Google Calendar) in order to better prepare my students for success in the 21st Century. ChrisWejr: In addition, I have also had the privilege to follow Chris Wejir, principal of Kent Elementary, on Twitter. He frequently posts tweets regarding: leadership, motivation, assessment, and parental involvement. Thus, I have found his tweets to be extremely relevant to my future teaching career.Overall, Weijr has primarily focused upon increasing student motivation. Regarding this topic,Weijr has posted many tweets suggesting that, rather than offering children “bribes” to complete their work, educators need to make the work meaningful and relevant to the children so that they will desire to complete assigned tasks independently. Thus, in order to intrinsically motivate students, he suggests utilizing technology in the classroom. Due to relatively recent technological advancements, children today are exposed to a variety of media, mobile devices, and social networks that could ultimately be utilized to inspire students. With today’s technology, the sky is the limit! Thus, we, as future teachers need to utilize this fact to our advantage. In addition, Weijr has also tweeted that that in order to motivate low-achieving students, we need to begin recognizing the talents/strengths of these individuals (rather than merely uplifting high-achievers). Thus, he asserts that if traditional award ceremonies were adapted to recognize the accomplishments of the underprivileged/ low performing students, such children would be more likely to apply themselves. Overall, I am very appreciative that Weijr has brought the issue of awards to my attention. Prior to reading his blog entries and twitter posts, I was unaware that offering children “bribes” to complete their work could ultimately function to decrease student autonomy and self-motivation. Therefore, I now intend to utilize methods that foster intrinsic motivation within students by: implementing technology within my classroom,making each assigned task meaningful to my students, and recognizing the efforts of each child.
  5. 5. Gwyneth Jones (The Daring Librarian): Throughout the course of a month, I have also been able to follow Gwyneth Jones, a member of the ISTE Board of Directors from Washington, D.C. (who is also known as the Daring Librarian). Undoubtedly, Jones is one of the most unconventional educators that I have had the opportunity to follow. Thus,I have been exposed to a variety of peculiar materials. She posts anything from video clips of Lady Gaga to comic tutorials (and a few educational sites in between)!Ultimately, the theme behind most of the “Daring Librarian’s” Twitter posts has been focused upon the utilization of technology within the classroom to spur student creativity and innovation. Thus, through her numerous tweets, I have learned much regarding various forms of technology that can be implemented within the classroom. For instance, Jones highly recommends the incorporation of QR codes within today’s classroom. This ultimately enables students to easily access homework assignments or links to educational websites/tutorials (which could function to increase student achievement). In addition, Jones believes that technology can be utilized to promote intrinsic motivation within students. Thus, she asserts that various forms of media should be implemented to spur excitement about learning. For instance, Jones asserts that certain digital comic strip templates could be utilized so that boys and girls alike can express their emotions/interests through graphic displays and precise word choice. Ultimately, I believe that digital comic strips should be viewed as an innovative tool that can showcase student expression while encouraging creativity and innovation. In essence, I intend to utilize this form of media to encourage my future students to “think outside the box.”Finally, Jones also advocates hands-on learning that focuses upon skills that are applicable within the 21st Century. Ultimately, in order to increase student motivation in the areas of math and science, she strongly endorses aspects of the Maker Movement. This STEM movement advocates the utilization of effective strategies that promote critical thinking and autonomy through the incorporation of hands-on activities. Therefore, I intend to implement such methods within my future classroom, in order to make content relevant to my students. Overall, despite some of the more eccentric posts that the Daring Librarian has tweeted, I feel that I have been exposed to a variety of educational tips and ideas that will ultimately function to increase student achievement and motivation within my future classroom.
  6. 6. Harold Blanco: Finally, I have also had the opportunity to follow Harold Blanco on Twitter. Throughout this month, Blanco has posted a variety of materials, including news clippings, pictures of Interfest, information regarding the utilization of technology, and articles concerning internet safety. However, the overall theme of his tweets has been focused upon the role of technology and social media within a 21st Century classroom. For instance, one of the articles that Blanco posted explains how technology (in the form of podcasts, digital stories, or videos)can be utilized to create a “flipped classroom” which enables students to listen to lectures on their own time so that teachers can spend the class period scaffolding students in the skills/concepts that the children find difficult to grasp. While I believe that a flipped classroom would have its benefits, I also believe that there are some potential disadvantages that must not be overlooked. For instance, not all students will have access to computers, and those who can access the internet may choose not to fullyparticipate. However, I am very glad that Blanco posted this article because I now realize the advantages and disadvantages of a flipped classroom. Thus, I am now better able to determine if I can integrate methods of a flipped classroom into my future curriculum.In addition, Harold has also posted information concerning the utilization of virtual environments in education. Due to the fact that virtual environments tend to promote intrinsic motivation while stimulating student interest and involvement, I believe that virtual worlds should be incorporated into one’s curriculum. However, I also believe that students need to be involved in real-life
  7. 7. experiences and face-to-face interaction; therefore, I would also recommend that instructors assign hands-on projects that involve peer collaboration.Not only has Blanco posted information regarding the importance of technology within a 21st Century classroom, but he has also posted tweets and articles that reveal the lack of technology in many “old school” classrooms(an aspect that is extremely unfortunate). In order to optimize student success in a competitive 21st Century economy, the application of digital tools within the classroom is absolutely essential. Thus (although I would not consider myself to be fully “tech-savvy”), I intend to learn more regarding technologyso that I can properly prepare my students for life in the 21st Century. Throughout the course of this month, I have learned much regarding effective teaching strategies, student motivation,and the utilization of technology within the classroom. Thus, I am extremely appreciative to have had the opportunity to follow such influential educators. Their comments and opinions have ultimately helped me to realize that content must be made applicable to my future students and that instruction should primarily focus upon the development of skills in order to increase student success within the 21st Century. Therefore, I intend to utilize much of the advice shared by these individuals so that I can become a truly effective teacher.

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