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Using Twitter effectively in education – with Alec Couros

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Using Twitter effectively in education – with Alec Couros


Using Twitter Effectively in Education- with
Alec Couros Alec Couros discusses Using Twitter Effectively
in Education So Twitter has actually been one of the really
interesting ah, tools in…. in the classroom, and I’ve seen ah, through a number of years
I’ve been on Twitter since about 2007, and since then I’ve seen this huge growth of teachers
ah, really adopting Twitter, and using it for amazing purposes. Ah, for the most part when you see good practice
on Twitter your seeing ah, first of all teachers develop a Personal Learning Network over a
long period of time, so they…… they find people who ah .. interesting, who are leaders,
whether they are Admin……. people, whether they are subject area specialists, whether,
ah ah …… you know teachers from a number ah, broad spectrum An……. and it’s not just teachers that
are , are …… are located close, it’s teachers from all aspects of the world. So if you look
at um, you know the work of Steven Johnston, ah, he wrote a book called “Where do good
ideas come from”? or “Where good ideas come from”, and the idea was, he looked at this
idea of knowledge that; we used to be we’d sort of, we hoard our knowledge, and basically
keep it close to ourselves, and we thought, if we just sit in isolation, and think deep
thoughts, and eventually, a good idea would come to us. But we’re seeing this idea that; the more
parts you put out on the table that…… you make available to other people um, you
see these new innovations, these things that were partial hunches, all of a sudden turn
into something much bigger than we could have ever dreamed of, and it’s because of this;
idea collision with, idea……. ideas of others. And that’s what’s happening on Twitter, you’re
actually seeing a lot of teachers put out their ideas, they might be in a Tweet, but
it almo…………. might also be in a blog post, a video, coz we have to think that Twitter
is not exactly always one hundred and forty characters, we think that’s the, yo…. yo….
… it’s …. It’s limited because it’s one hundred and forty characters, but that’s,
ther……. ther….. ther……. there’s a richness in that one hundred and forty characters,
it could lead us to all sorts different detours and paths. And so through, through the use of Twitter
teachers are able to connect, see better practice, see what other teachers are doing, share lesson
plans, um, an….. and teachers ar…… are doing it in a lot of different ways, for instance;
the idea of the hash tag, the hash tag is….. is a new literacy, there is a ah, paper by
Christine Greenhow from MSU, that talks about the idea of Twitteracy, and not understanding
how to use a hash tag, is actually becoming ah ah ah……. really an important, ah…..
a detriment if you don’t know what a hash tag is, or how to connect via hash tag. So you’re seeing teachers use hash tag, such
as; ed……. Edchat, which is more of a general education chat, or SS chat which is social
studies, or Sci chat which is Science. So, so if you’re interested in……. in…….
a subject area or say a grade area, if you’re a Kindergarten teacher, people are looking
for Kinder Chat, and so all of these hash tags are supported by a number of practitioners
around the world, who are interested in those particular areas or disciplines, and they’re
connecting in new ways. And so to be apart from this ah, really means
that you’re sort of receding back, you’re becoming again irrelevant in a sense, because
you’re not connecting to some of the most…… so…. some of th…… th……. the brightest
and most innovated educators on the planet, and so Twitter is just one…… on….. one
of the great ways of being able to do that.

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