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Using Twitter to engage students in the
science classroom
Brad Graba
@mr_graba
www.mrgraba.net
William Fremd High School
P...
We’ve all seen this in class…
Can we turn it into this?
With the use of Twitter
and social media, we
can
The evolution of social media
The evolution of social media
The evolution of social media
• http://twynmawrmom.blogspot.com/2012/11
/how-to-explain-twitter-to-old-people.html
Twitter conventions
• @yourname
• 140 characters
• Hashtags (#)
Twitter conventions
• @yourname
• 140 characters
• Hashtags (#)
• RT/MT/HT
People/Organizations Whom I Follow
People/Organizations Who Follow Me
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
• Scientists
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
• Scientists
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
• Scientists
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
• Scientists
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
• Scientists
• Educa...
Who Uses Twitter?
• News Organizations
• Journalists
• Authors
• Celebrities
• Athletes
• Politicians
• Scientists
• Educa...
Why use Twitter?
• Breaking news
Why use Twitter?
• Breaking news
• Great place for
scientific resources
Why use Twitter?
• Breaking news
• Great place for
scientific resources
• Professional Learning
Networks
Why use Twitter?
• Breaking news
• Great place for
scientific resources
• Professional Learning
Networks
• STUDENT
ENGAGEM...
The project
• Run a presidential
campaign
The project
• Run a presidential
campaign
• Goal: get your organelle
elected president
• Create posters, flyers,
goodies, ...
In the beginning …
• Students were
encouraged to create
Twitter accounts for
organelles
In the beginning …
• Students were
encouraged to create
Twitter accounts for
organelles
In the beginning …
• Students were
encouraged to create
Twitter accounts for
organelles
• Used for promotion
In the beginning …
• Students were
encouraged to create
Twitter accounts for
organelles
• Used for promotion
• And smearing
Organelles got busy creating & tweeting
Organelles got busy creating & tweeting
Some scientists took notice …
Some scientists took notice …
Some scientists took notice …
Some scientists took notice …
and began interacting with students!
and began interacting with students!
and began interacting with students!
and began interacting with students!
and began interacting with students!
People around the Internet began
to notice
The level of discussion went
beyond my expectations
We made it to BBC Radio!
• And were blogged about here …
• And here …
• And here …
We received some great resources!
• “Hidden Life of the Cell” video from BBC
television before it was available in the US
...
We received some great resources!
And provided at least one resource!
Scientists learned from each other!
Voting took place online
Voting took place online
Storify helped us wrap up the
project
• Storify: a curation tool
for social media
• Students narrated the
highlights of th...
My students were inspired
I developed a Professional Learning
Network (PLN)
I developed a Professional Learning
Network (PLN)
#Organellewars on Twitter
• Changed
– Student experience
• Scientists became real people
• Engaged in content
• Public aud...
My role
• Encourage student tweets/questions &
compliment good ones
• Monitor students & their
interactions/followers
• En...
A few examples of me in my roles
A few examples of me in my roles
A few examples of me in my roles
A few examples of me in my roles
Any questions?
• Ways to contact me
– @mr_graba on Twitter
– bgraba@d211.org via e-mail
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  1. 1. Using Twitter to engage students in the science classroom Brad Graba @mr_graba www.mrgraba.net William Fremd High School Palatine, IL #NSTA14
  2. 2. We’ve all seen this in class…
  3. 3. Can we turn it into this? With the use of Twitter and social media, we can
  4. 4. The evolution of social media
  5. 5. The evolution of social media
  6. 6. The evolution of social media • http://twynmawrmom.blogspot.com/2012/11 /how-to-explain-twitter-to-old-people.html
  7. 7. Twitter conventions • @yourname • 140 characters • Hashtags (#)
  8. 8. Twitter conventions • @yourname • 140 characters • Hashtags (#) • RT/MT/HT
  9. 9. People/Organizations Whom I Follow
  10. 10. People/Organizations Who Follow Me
  11. 11. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations
  12. 12. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists
  13. 13. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors
  14. 14. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities
  15. 15. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes
  16. 16. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians
  17. 17. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians
  18. 18. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians • Scientists
  19. 19. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians • Scientists
  20. 20. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians • Scientists
  21. 21. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians • Scientists
  22. 22. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians • Scientists • Educators
  23. 23. Who Uses Twitter? • News Organizations • Journalists • Authors • Celebrities • Athletes • Politicians • Scientists • Educators • STUDENTS!
  24. 24. Why use Twitter? • Breaking news
  25. 25. Why use Twitter? • Breaking news • Great place for scientific resources
  26. 26. Why use Twitter? • Breaking news • Great place for scientific resources • Professional Learning Networks
  27. 27. Why use Twitter? • Breaking news • Great place for scientific resources • Professional Learning Networks • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
  28. 28. The project • Run a presidential campaign
  29. 29. The project • Run a presidential campaign • Goal: get your organelle elected president • Create posters, flyers, goodies, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. • Smear at least 5 other organelles • HT Marna Chamberlain, Piedmont HS, CA
  30. 30. In the beginning … • Students were encouraged to create Twitter accounts for organelles
  31. 31. In the beginning … • Students were encouraged to create Twitter accounts for organelles
  32. 32. In the beginning … • Students were encouraged to create Twitter accounts for organelles • Used for promotion
  33. 33. In the beginning … • Students were encouraged to create Twitter accounts for organelles • Used for promotion • And smearing
  34. 34. Organelles got busy creating & tweeting
  35. 35. Organelles got busy creating & tweeting
  36. 36. Some scientists took notice …
  37. 37. Some scientists took notice …
  38. 38. Some scientists took notice …
  39. 39. Some scientists took notice …
  40. 40. and began interacting with students!
  41. 41. and began interacting with students!
  42. 42. and began interacting with students!
  43. 43. and began interacting with students!
  44. 44. and began interacting with students!
  45. 45. People around the Internet began to notice
  46. 46. The level of discussion went beyond my expectations
  47. 47. We made it to BBC Radio! • And were blogged about here … • And here … • And here …
  48. 48. We received some great resources! • “Hidden Life of the Cell” video from BBC television before it was available in the US • Narrated by David Tennant (of Dr. Who fame)
  49. 49. We received some great resources!
  50. 50. And provided at least one resource!
  51. 51. Scientists learned from each other!
  52. 52. Voting took place online
  53. 53. Voting took place online
  54. 54. Storify helped us wrap up the project • Storify: a curation tool for social media • Students narrated the highlights of their #organellewars experience. • Peroxisome Storify • Cytoskeleton Storify • Ribosome Storify • #OverlyHonestMethods Storify
  55. 55. My students were inspired
  56. 56. I developed a Professional Learning Network (PLN)
  57. 57. I developed a Professional Learning Network (PLN)
  58. 58. #Organellewars on Twitter • Changed – Student experience • Scientists became real people • Engaged in content • Public audience = accountability – Teacher experience • Able to engage with real scientists on variety of topics • Able to have students excited to learn about cells – Scientist experience • Able to engage in outreach with high school students to encourage them into scientific fields
  59. 59. My role • Encourage student tweets/questions & compliment good ones • Monitor students & their interactions/followers • Engage scientists w/my own questions (model for my students) • Admit what I know and don’t know • Allow my own excitement/enthusiasm to show
  60. 60. A few examples of me in my roles
  61. 61. A few examples of me in my roles
  62. 62. A few examples of me in my roles
  63. 63. A few examples of me in my roles
  64. 64. Any questions? • Ways to contact me – @mr_graba on Twitter – bgraba@d211.org via e-mail

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