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by Edward O'Neill
Where does instructional technology fit in the teaching-learning process? This is our enduring question. This presentation offers three complementary ways we can answer this question.
Who is reading, and who is writing? In what networks do these messages circulate?
What does the technology do and enable? Is it supporting close textual analysis, the presentation of examples or simply capturing elements of the classroom experience?
Which moments in the teaching-learning process do the technology support? E.g. does the technology arouse interest, give learners feedback, etc.?
Rather than expound abstractly on this framework, this presentation consists of 26 ways of using Twitter for teaching and learning. Inspired by Wallance Stevens' poem "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird", I will shift from a bird to a tweet, and I will double down on Stevens' poem by going from 13 to 26. For Twitter-haters, Twitter merely serves as a stand-in for any technology that can support learning.