Richardson’s (2010) asserts, that collaborative construction of knowledge by those who contribute, is redefining the ways we think about teaching and learning. After reading the article 50 ways to use Twitter in the Classroom, I was convinced it was a resourceful tool that I would greatly appreciate. Before the use of social media, learning was done in isolation or in just one way. Now we have the ability to make connections not just in our classrooms, or school community, but worldwide as well. This can be very powerful, because learning becomes a continuous conversation with many participants. I like the fact that educators can use twitter as a powerful professional development tool, by networking and encouraging frequent communication. The Twitter Experiment was very meaningful to me, because it allowed me to see its use in real time. Moreover, I can use Twitter in my classroom for learning, parent communication, and for students to be assessed with frequent feedback. Lastly, my pupils will also appreciate, that Twitter is a great place to connect and learn with other users.
Traditionally, teachers would focused on keeping track of the information we find, now we can encourage students to put more energy into how to retrieve it. Delicious easy to use design is something I can appreciate. Even for a busy teacher with little time, it’s too easy to sign up and start using, so this tool is well worth the time. Lastly, having students to create their own custom library saves time, energy and extreme frustration. I have gained a myriad of reasons why I will use social media and bookmarking to support my students learning, collective contributions, and changing the way we Read/Write Web. It’s just too easy to let this opportunity past me by. I did not realize that Internet tools are extremely easy to use, so no more excuses! I am overjoyed at sharing this great Internet tool with my colleagues.
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms. (3rd ed.). Thousand Oak, California: Corwin.