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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. 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 that discussed the need to incorporate various Web 3.0 tools, social networking sites, and storytelling applications into the 21st Century curriculum. All of the digital tools that Harold addresses can be utilized in today’s technology-based learning environment. One of Harold’s tweets that I found to be very interesting addresses the need to flip the traditional classroom to one that is more student-centered and technology-based. In this active learning environment, learners are encouraged to collaborate with others in order to promotestudent motivation and accomplishment. Within a flipped classroom, the teachers can upload instructional video clips that students are to watch 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
  2. 2. potentially promote student autonomy and academic achievement by providing more time for hands-on activities within the classroom. Another link that Harold has recently tweeted reveals a few different virtual world environments that can be used to enrich student learning. Within these virtual worlds, children can explore new subjects by experiencing the lesson within a virtual reality, which ultimately brings learning to life. The three virtual worlds mentioned in this website are Second Life, OpenSim, and Cloud Party. Such Web 3.0 applications allow children to learn about various historical events through role-play and other interactive activities. Overall, I believe that these technology-based educational strategies are very meaningful to children who have grown-up in a digital world. Thus, with the right guidance and supervision, the students can use these sites to enhance their overall learning experience. In addition, Harold posted a link introducing several digital storytelling applications that students can use in the classroom. My favorite storytelling tool is the 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 used within the
  3. 3. digital story; thus allowing students to expand their creativity. By enhancing student technology skills, learners will become much more prepared to thrive within today’s globalized economy. Finally, Harold also brings out the importance of using social media in the classroom to connect learners and foster collaboration between students. In fact, there are several other benefits for using such technology in the classroom. For instance, social media sites can be easily accessed from any browser, enabling the students quickly connect and retrieve information regarding important assignments and projects. Such 21st Century learning strategies help to increase student participation and communication within the classroom. Overall, Harold tweetedseveral links to relevant articles and websites that discuss ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. I found these posts to be very helpful, and I plan to utilize many of these tools throughout my future curriculum. 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. Overall, Couros tweets of the importance of strong leadership in schools, implementation of technology into education, connectivity
  4. 4. between teachers, and collaboration between students by utilizing social media and technology.Couros believes that it is important to “make learning viral,” in that students need to be able to access information in a variety of ways. He was even asked to speak at the TedX Burnsville Education Convention in Minnesota on this subject. During this opportunity, Couros asserted that educators, students, and individuals within the community should have an “empowering voice” in 21st Century education. 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).Additionally, Couros has helped to initiate an online meeting place using Buddypress. This is an online community where students, staff, and parents can collaborate to share ideas and innovative learning strategies. Eventually, this site will also be used to create online portfolios of student progress. In my opinion, such connectivity among schools and individuals of various backgrounds and communities will function to encourage collaboration and the expansion of knowledge between learners. This will then enable our students to more readily succeed in today’s digital world. Furthermore, George Couros stresses of keeping educators connected. In order to promote interaction and mass sharing among teachers, he began to have one-on-one sessions with educators
  5. 5. from various schools, encouraging them to ask questions or share material through Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, and email; thereby keeping the lines of communication and innovation open. Such media makes it possible for teachers to find solutions to various issues or to simply share novel ideas. As can be seen from the above tweet, Couros expresses the need to make education more relevant to the students.Children who grow up in a digital world must be taught with technology, if we are to make learning meaningful. Therefore, Couros refutes the saying that individuals can be great educators without technology. In fact, he challenges such old-fashioned opinions with the following words: “My question is, in our world today, can you be an effective learner without using technology? We constantly talk about preparing kids for their future but I am concerned that some of them are not even prepared for their world right now.” Students cannot effectively collaborate, create, or communicate unless given the opportunity to connect and share through the use of technology and social media. Thus, Couros emphasizes that we must make education meaningful by giving students the digital tools they need to succeed. By following George Couros on Twitter, I havelearned of the importance of global connectivity within the classroom. His tweets have provided numerous strategies to incorporate technology within the classroom, which not only promotes collaboration among teachers but also encourages collaboration between students. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed following George Couros and reading his tweets which contain vast amounts of knowledge and advice regarding 21st Century education.
  6. 6. Aviva Dunsiger: I have also been following Aviva Dunsiger, an elementary school teacher who is currently teaching fifth grade. Mrs. Dunsiger tweets many insightful pieces of information regarding various teaching strategies that can be used within the classroom to incorporate the many different learning styles of students. She also tweets about inquiry education, feedback, hands-on teaching strategies, art integration, and the role of technology in the classroom. One of Mrs. Dunsiger’s favorite quotes is that, “Good feedback causes thinking.” Thus, she is constantly trying to keep her students actively involved in the learning process. Therefore, Mrs. Dunsiger has just recently begun utilizing instructional methods that provide quick feedback to students so that they can reflect on their work. Such feedback always includes specific things the students have done correctly as well as one or two areas that could be improved. However, instead of traditionally telling the students what to do, she instead asks the students questions. This enables the children to reflect and critically think about what could be done to improve their work. Such strategies promote independent thinking, because students are then encouraged to learn by exploration.
  7. 7. Furthermore, Mrs. Dunsiger encourages the use of technology within the classroom. For instance, she incorporates student blogs and digital storytelling to promote self-expression 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 sharing their voices. I believe that these experiences help to make education more relevant to students by incorporating technology into education. One of my favorite teaching strategies that Dunsiger uses is called inquiry learning. This method 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 learning within cooperative groups. This prosperous learning environmentcan be seen in the picture below.
  8. 8. By following Mrs. Dunsiger on Twitter,I have learned several great teaching strategies that I hope to incorporate into my own curriculum. My main goal is to include inquiry-based education within my future classroom to promote student involvement and participation. 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 eccentric 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 few educational articles regarding the implementation of technology into the classroom. Despite some of her more eccentric posts, I have learned of a few new technologies that I can incorporate into my future curriculum. One useful educational resource created by the Daring Librarian is the At-a-Glance Tech Tutorial. These creative comics give teachers needed technological advice, while encouraging the implementation
  9. 9. of digital tools into the classroom. For example, the following tech tutorial describes how to create animations and characters for a particular lesson. This tool promotes student creativity and sparks excitement about learning by allowing the students to more actively participate in the lesson through digital applications.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. Another educational tool that the Daring Librarian tweets about 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 or even to create their own that can be used as study material. I hope to use this tool in my future classroom to provide differentiated instruction for my audio learners.
  10. 10. Additionally, the Daring Librarian suggests that Infographics be utilized in the classroom as a type of assessment. Infographics are a visual representation of data that enable students to combine information with visual images through technology-based applications. Thus Infographics can be used for either formative or summative assessments, allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge or mastery of a particular skill. For instance, children can create Infographics that represent statistical data using charts and graphs. Another creative assessment technique would be to encourage students to create a histogram on Instagram, describing a historical event using today’s social media tools and technology. I believe that such innovative assessments would spark intrinsic motivation among students; and thereby increase academic achievement. The Daring Librarian also encourages the use of social media among educators as form of collaboration. To see other what other educators thought, she sent a few requests asking her Twitter followers to share why they use Twitter in education. She received the following responses:
  11. 11. As I read these tweets, I began to see the potential ways to use Twitter as an educational resource. One such reason is that it allows for increased connectivity and sharing, creating a community of educators who are able to offer tips and advice. Previously, I had no idea of the educational advantages that Twitter could provide or of the network that it created allowing educators to collaborate and correspond. 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: creating educational comics/animations and Infographics or even histograms to encourage student involvement throughout the learning process. Stephany Madlinger: The last educator that I have been following 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. Thus, it has
  12. 12. been a privilege to follow her over the past month,because it has enabled me to collect information advice that I will utilize throughout my teaching career. As can be seen, Mrs. Madlinger encourages the implementation of character education within schools to promote future achievement and success among students. One such topic she believes should be taught throughout the 21at Century classroom is Digital Citizenship. Such meaningful applications will function to mold a generation of learners who are well aware of how to act when using digital technology and social media. In order to implement such a topic into one’s curriculum, Mrs. Madlinger encourages the use of Microsoft’s free lesson plans. This curriculum features digital citizenship and intellectual property rights while offering numerous activities and best practices that align with national academic standards and objectives. Overall, there are four units that teachers can choose to incorporate within their current curriculum. Each unit contains activities, questions, and assignments centered on creative rights and the importance of digital citizenship within today’s digital world.
  13. 13. Furthermore, Mrs. Madlinger encourages the implementation 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. Such a curriculum promotes critical thinking and communication skills among students. 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 and digital 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 tools that I found to be very useful is an application known as “Doctopus,” a Google spreadsheet that can help keep teachers 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 and provide them with immediate feedback. Overall, I have found such advice to be very useful and 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 are not as faithful to their Twitter accounts as others. Despite these initial difficulties, I was able to learn of several digital to that I can incorporate within my future classroom.