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  1. 1. Kayla Napier CI 350 Harold Blanco December 1, 2013 Twitter Assignment Throughout this experience, I have been able to follow some very influential individuals who have tremendous insight into technology-based education. Such educators would include: Harold Blanco, George Couros, Aviva Dunsiger, Gwyneth Jones, and Stephanie Madlinger.By following these educators on Twitter, I have been able to learn of several effective strategies that can be utilized in the 21st Century classroom. @CI350class: The first individual that I chose to follow on Twitter is Harold @CI350class. During the Thanksgiving break he posted several interesting links focused on one main theme--- to introduce a variety of digital tools and teaching strategies that can be utilized within today’s technology-based learning environment. Such tools/strategies would include: social networking sites, storytelling applications, and Web 3.0 tools(such as the use of Second Life in education). Harold also posted links that identify the need for project-based learning strategies as well as the incorporation of foreign languages into the 21st Century curriculum.Overall, there were two specific posts that I found to be very interesting. One such tweet addresses the need to flip the traditional classroom to one that is more student-centered and technology-based. Within a flipped classroom, the teachers can upload instructional video clips that are to be watched prior to class. This essentially provides more time to complete group projects and larger assignments within the actual classroom. Overall, I believe that this setup could potentially promote student autonomy and academic achievement,while providing more time for hands-on activities.In addition, Harold posted a link introducing a couple ofdigital storytelling applications that students can use in the classroom. My favorite storytelling tool is Google Earth Tour Builder, which allows students to create narratives using Google maps, video clips, images, and text. After selecting a location, tour builder zooms in to that area on the map, and this image can then be
  2. 2. used within the digital story. By enhancing student technology skills, our learners will become much more prepared to thrive within today’s globalized economy.As can be seen, I believe that Harold’s tweets were packed with interesting and relevant information that address various teaching strategies and technology-based tools that I hope to incorporate into my own classroom. George Couros: Another individual that I have been following on Twitter is George Couros, the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learningfor Parkland School Division. Although Couros occasionally tweeted about his favorite sports team or television episodes, the main theme of this tweets focused on the educator’s role within today’s technology-based world. For example, many of his posts address the importance of strong leadership in schools, implementation of technology into education, connectivity between teachers, and collaboration between students by utilizing social media and technology.Ultimately, Couros believes that it is important to “make learning viral,” asserting that educators, students, and individuals within the community should have an “empowering voice” in 21st
  3. 3. Centuryeducation. Thus, George Couros challenges schools around the world to share their knowledge and strategies with others by interconnecting through social media and other Web 2.0 tools (emphasizing the role of Twitter in education).As can be seen, George Couros emphasizes the need for educators to “stay connected.”Thus, he encourages teachers to ask each other questions or share material through Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, and email. Such digital media makes it possible for educators to find solutions to various issues or to simply share innovative ideas. In my opinion, such connectivity between schools and individuals of various backgrounds and communities will function to encourage collaboration and the expansion of knowledge for both teachers and learners. By following George Couros on Twitter, I have learned of the importance of global connectivity within the classroom. His tweets have provided numerous technology-based strategies thatpromote collaboration among teachersas well as students (such as Twitter and Facebook). Such strategies can be utilized in the classroom to encourage cooperative learning with other individuals. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed following George Couros and reading his tweets which contain helpful hints and words of advice in regard to 21st Century education. Aviva Dunsiger: I have also been following Aviva Dunsiger, a fifth grade elementary school teacher. Mrs. Dunsiger’s tweets emphasize the need to incorporate multiple teaching strategies thataddress the many different learning styles of students. Her posts provide information regarding inquiry education, feedback, hands-on teaching strategies, art integration, and the role of technology in the
  4. 4. classroom.Overall, Mrs.Dunsiger’s primary goal is to keep her students actively involved in the learning process. Thus she uses an instructional method based on student inquiry and exploration. This strategy encourages students to ask questions that they themselves must answer after conducting various experiments, observations, and research; thus placing students more in control of their own learning. Such a student-centered environment encourages hands-on participation and learning within cooperative groups. Furthermore, Mrs. Dunsiger encourages the use of technology within the classroom. For instance, she incorporates student blogs and digital storytelling to promote selfexpression throughout the learning process. She also utilizes a website known as Radio for Learning (105 the Hive) which enables students to audio-record projects and speeches. Such technology motivates students and allows them to become more comfortable in expressing their ideas or opinions. I believe that these experiences help to make education more relevant to students by incorporating a variety of digital tools into the 21st Century curriculum.By following Mrs. Dunsiger on Twitter, I have learned several great teaching strategies that I hope to incorporate into my own curriculum, such as inquirybased education that encourages student exploration and involvement.
  5. 5. The Daring Librarian (Gwyneth Jones): I have also been following Gwyneth Jones (the Daring Librarian), who is one of the ISTE Board of Directors and an international speaker/blogger from Washington, D.C. By far, she has been the most unconventional educator that I have followed on Twitter, tweeting about such topics as:her favorite television episodes, types of makeup, various snap-chat apps, photo and animation tools, music clips, and a variety of educational articles regarding the implementation of technology into the classroom, which seemed to be her predominant theme. One digital tool that she suggests is a website called Flocabulary. Flocabulary produces educational rap/hip-hop music for practically any subject and can therefore be used as an instructional resource. This website allows students to listen to educational lyrics that can be used as study material. I believe that this is a great strategy that I can incorporate into my future classroom to provide differentiated instruction for my audio learners. Another useful educational tool that the Daring Librarian tweets about is the At-a-Glance Tech Tutorial. These creative comics give teachers needed technological advice, while encouraging the implementation of digital tools into the classroom. For example, one of her tech tutorials describes how to create animations and
  6. 6. characters for a particular lesson. A few of the tools she suggests for such a project would include: Glogster, Comic Creator, and GoAnimate. These websites allow students to create graphics, videos, and animated stories; thereby encouraging students to use their creativity and imagination to enhance their educational experience.Although I did not appreciate the numerous tweets of trivial information that the Daring Librarian constantly posted, I have found many of the technological applications that she has suggested to be very useful within the classroom. Thus I plan to use many of these ideas for future projects in my own curriculum. Such assignments could include: utilizing lyrics from Flocabulary or creating educational comics/animations to encourage student involvement throughout the learning process. (The following image is an example of her At a Glance Tech Tutorial.)
  7. 7. Stephany Madlinger: The last educator that I had the opportunity to follow on Twitter is Stephany Madlinger. She is a mother of four, a former elementary school teacher, and currently the Director of Teaching and Learning in St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Madlinger posts many meaningful quotes as well as interesting articles regarding character education, leadership, technology implementation, and various teacher resources. Overall, her primary goal is to promote the utilization of digital media throughout the 21st Century classroom in an attempt to make learning more relevant to students. Thus she believes that individuals should be taught media literacy, which comprises essential skills for learning and collaborating as “citizens of a digital world.” According to Mrs. Madlinger, media literacy involves engaging the students with a variety of media tools and technologies, so that they will be able to communicate and succeed within today’s digital community. Due to our ever-increasing digital culture/environment, I agree with Mrs. Madlinger; in that, children should be taught the essentials of media literacy within the classroom so that they will be “educated for success” and be able to participate and collaborate with others in today’s globalized world. Not only does Mrs. Madlinger encourage students to utilize technology in the classroom, but she also encourages educators to do so as well. One of her suggested toolsis an application known as “Doctopus,” a Google spreadsheet that can help teachers stay organized by allowing educators to manage and share their materials on Google Drive. This digital tool allows teachers to share the class roster or other documents with students to provide them with immediate feedback. Overall, I have found such advice to be very useful and
  8. 8. applicable to my future teaching career, and I hope to implement many of these digital tools in my own curriculum. Although I have gathered a lot of useful information throughout this assignment, I found this project to be very time-consuming. In fact, it was at first difficult to collect all of this information, because a few of the educators were not as faithful to their Twitter accounts as others. Despite these initial difficulties, I was able to learn of several digital tools that I can incorporate within my future classroom. Such technologies and strategies would include: the use of Flocabulary, social media, digital comics, animations, as well as the use of inquiry-based educational methods. This would ultimately help to create a learning environment that encourages student participation and involvement through the implementation of technology.

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