Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thing #5: Microblogging

I started Facebook when I was a freshman in college and had been on up until January of this past year. Even with my privacy levels at a maximum, certain "friends" kept posting links to something I had posted on my account. I grew frustrated and decided to set certain friends at a minimum viewing zone. Well, then that person found out from another person that I had posted a new picture and why couldn't they see it, I've ruined their life (really, you have a life when it revolves around what you can and can't view on Facebook?), etc. So, I went on hiatus for a few months. It was nice being away from there for a while, but then I was offered a job at a new school, and I would be sad to not see some of my good friends and co-workers on a regular basis, so I re-joined to keep in touch. (Plus it's summer- I openly admit that as a teacher, during the summer, I have zero life, and that's just the way I like it, thank you very much!) When it comes to school use- maybe students could set up groups for a class to have discussions about what's going on in class, find someone to tutor, set up a study group, etc. I'm sure there are tons of pages for organizations that I could join as an educator to get ideas or invites to special events that correlate with my subject area. Oh, there are! I just checked!

I set up a Twitter account last year and didn't stick with it. I don't think anyone really cares to know that I'm headed to the grocery store or am just back from buying shoes. Have you seen that commercial? I laugh every time! I don't have a smart phone. I've had the same phone since I first started dating my husband five years ago. If I did have a smart phone, then I'd maybe keep up with stuff like this. I was reading through some of the suggested readings for this thing, and I did come away with these two ideas: 1) You can learn to say what you need to say in short, succinct statements. 2) Need help with something? Someone out there is bound to have some sort of advice or opinion. For educational use, you can follow people in the edu world, but you can also create an account for your students to reply to. Keep them on their toes- ask meaningful questions and see what they have to say in response.

I LOVED reading about back-channeling, and I loved how it was described as passing notes during the presentation! I think this would be really useful in professional development courses. Sometimes you have a question you're dying to ask, but then you either forget or there ends up being zero time. I think back-channeling would be awesome in a classroom setting especially for those students who are too shy. As a teacher, you can gauge how the lesson is going- what do I need to re-teach? What do I need to go more in-depth on? Students can also start up conversations that you would never have even thought of.

1 comment:

  1. I love facebook but, found myself addicted to it. so I quit for awhile. I like being able to meet with my friends from high school and college, my daughters, and my family on line and in a quick fashion. Facebook does that for me. I liked how pretty twitter was but, it just didn't resonate with me like facebook. I do not know why. My daughter loves it and I try the stuff that she likes so I can stay "hip"
    I just don't see using those vehicles with the kids at school.

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