Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’
Great little video from @Nick_Chater , with a star appearance
A bit of a follow up from my Facebook profile template.
I’ve used Twitter live in the classroom before, I really like the need for students to think carefully, and prioritise, the text they use. But we don’t always have net access -so as with the Facebook profile, I’ve produced a template on PowerPoint, I’ve orientated the slides to portrait, looks better and there is more room for students to insert text.
I thought this could be used to summarise the main learning points of a lesson, the key points made in a video, or the most important facts to remember about a case study. You could also use it creatively for a character/place/process within a lesson.
I also liked the idea of using the Twitter template as a more formal starter or plenary, so produced this guess the Twitter user template, I’ve animated it, so people only need to change the text. Both can be downloaded from Slideshare.
Twitter and hot seating a fictional character.
There’s been much discussion about the use of Twitter within the classroom, so I thought why not have a go… We are currently studying Hurricane Katrina in Year 9 , so I wondered whether we could interview an individual who experienced the event.
I haven’t got a wide Twitter network, so I set up an account for a fictional elementary teacher called Maisy Jay, who lives in New Orleans. I then added Maisy as a follower, and then surprisingly Maisy followed me! Liz Smith was available to act as the character. We briefly arranged beforehand the timing and structure of the lesson.
I like to try new ideas with one of my most challenging classes, I introduced the concept of Twitter, none in the class had heard about it, so there’s food for thought!
There’s been much media hype about Twitter of late, I have to say that I’ve become a bit of an addict, the opportunity it offers for professional networking is particularly impressive, many notable online contributors are currently sharing ideas and practice via the tool,to me this is its strength, rather than as an opportunity to see what people are having for breakfast. Quick, easy to use and you can dip in and out as you wish.
There is a debate about how useful it will be in the classroom, particularly with the blocking policies of LEAs towards certain social networking tools; some individuals though have already made good use of the application, see Ollie Bray and his recent work with Google Maps and weather. Tom Barrett has also been collating a set of ideas for the use of Twitter within the classroom.
Of course, any curriculum innovations or sharing of practice depend on the network of individuals, so basically this is a call to join up and have a play, let’s develop a group of geographers that can provide mutual support. I’m surprisingly Tony Cassidy. One of the aspects I enjoy about the social networking revolution is the opportunity to hear about the work of a range of individuals, new and experienced.