So what does one do, when one is in the middle of a hurricane? Goes on twitter of course! And when you have hours to spend on twitter because the cable is going in and out, you can get lost in the world of resources that are shared by educators who have embraced web 2.0!
I was very reluctant to twitter at first, but slowly, I am getting into the idea, if for nothing else the volume of information out there and the endless ideas that are being shared. Some of which are, in my opinion awesome, cool, and just to good not to consider for your classrooms;
So I kinda thought this was one of those things that could be helpful as a pre-assessment activity. Soooo many of our students know Facebook better then basic multiplication and division that this template is such a easy way to get them engaged because they basically create a Facebook page and can do it without the internet.
What I like about this resource from @tcbird1 is the fact that it is self explanatory for most kids. It provides a lot of places for pre-assessment for students. What I caution is the idea of making this the main assignment. As a PBL minded educator this is not a project and it is definitely not a problem – but it could be used in conjunction with other activities very nicely.
I think that this resource is great. It is clearly geared towards lower grades but I could see my middle schoolers using this. What I like so much about it is the cross content aspect – as it specifically asks students to apply concepts they have learned in Literacy to complete a math problem. The resource, which comes from @plnauge is such a great place to start if you are looking to set up a math center quickly but with one that really creates a simple problem.
(#) Hash tags
When I finally dove into the Twittersphere, I noticed these (#) tags at the end of tweets. At first I ignored it but slowly I started to click on them and now I can’t live without them when I am on twitter. The hash tags collect all the tweets that have the tag and put them into a thread so you can read them all together. Makes it very easy to focus on one thing in the very big twitter world. Some must follows in education are #edchat, #edadmin (if you want to know what is on the mind of school administration), #sschat, #scichat, #mathchat, #engchat, #PBL, #midleved (for us middle level people) and #nwp (The National Writing Project.
One to of the other great things about Twitter is the fact that some many people who tweet also have blogs and some of the blogs are an amazing amount of resources at your finger tips. Once such must is Technology Tibits. David Kapuler @dkapuler is a great site for all things web and tech. Applications abound and quick reviews of what they do make it easy to pick and choose what works for you. The site also lets you subscribe for a quick and easy email of the latest and coolest programs out there.
Because of Irene, I have learned the power behind twitter and have built my PLN, ten fold to connect me with amazing educators worldwide who are ready and willing to help, support, and guide in the education world. If your not on twitter – you should be!!!