Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thing # 5 Facebook and Twitter

Facebook is such a great way to waste time and socialize with your friends. I go on Facebook so many times during the day which I don't think is a good thing. I always thought of Facebook as a way to communicate and share with friends. I never really thought about it as a way to help education. I did attend a workshop last summer where every teacher was encouraged to sign up for a Facebook account if they had not done so already. We started a group and were encouraged to use Facebook as a way to communicate with other teachers. Share ideas or videos. It seemed like a great idea at the time but as the year went on, I'm not sure anyone had the time. I did enjoy reading the blog 2 cents worth about the girl who started her own group in Facebook for the liberal arts college she wanted to attend to. What a great way to talk with others who will tell you the truth about what the college is really like.
I have never been a fan of Twitter. I think it's because I associate Twitter with celebrities. I just never understood why people tweet. How is it any different from posting your status on Facebook? I did enjoy reading how teachers can use Twitter for the classroom. I think it would be great place to share your thoughts or ideas. Even though Twitter has some good things to offer, I just don't see myself using it that much.

I do like back channeling especially Today's Meet. I know the kids would love using it. I think that was be a great tool to use in the classroom. In third grade in my district, the students have to learn how to type. By the end of the year, the kids get kinda tired of doing the lessons. I think Today's Meet would be a great way for the kids to practice their typing. The students can type their thoughts about a read aloud or lesson we have done. I know the kids would get excited.

1 comment:

  1. I've used Edmodo with 3rd and 4th graders to back channel learning and they loved the Facebook like experience. You are coming up with some great uses for the various tools you are "playing" with. Keep up the great work!