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Reciprocal Teaching

Half of the class read a chapter about using social media to impress colleges, the other half read a chapter about using it to impress future employers.  Students worked in small groups to create presentations that highlighted the key points of their chapter.

Then the students were paired and taught one another about their chapter. This was a great way to have students collaborate digitally, and still interact in person.  It can’t be all or nothing.  They still need to move and talk with one another.

Brom Bones vs Icabod Crane: An Epic Tweet Battle

What happens when two reading classes mix students and take part in an Epic Tweet Battle?  An engaging lesson in which the purpose-for-reading writes itself.

Our classes met in the common-space under a veil of mystery and anticipation. Students were randomly grouped, and team captains were given sealed envelopes with the rules.

Each group  found out which character they were, the purpose for the tweet battle, and were instructed to highlight text that would help them in the tweet battle. We read, we highlighted, and then we battled!

The rules were simple:

  • Tweets must be grounded in the text.
  • Tweets must be school appropriate.
  • Tweet may not use modern slang.

Both Lindsey and I were projecting our classroom Twitter accounts and following the hashtag we created for the event.

The students loved it so much , they wanted to continue another day.  Luckily, we have an awesome administrator who wanted to jump in as Katrina Van Tassel.  Adding her to the mix re-energized the students and helped to keep them on track.

Check out some of the tweets!

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Tell me…

Interesting…I allowed my students to choose any site to create their infographics.  At first they were excited about having a choice, then many were angry because I was not an expert using every technology tool ever created.

When I learn to use a new tech tool, I click around and figure it out.  I use the help button, YouTube, and site tutorials to learn how to use it.  My students wanted me to show them exactly what they needed to know. They wanted a lesson on how to use the tech.

The problem? Technology is advancing way too quickly for that kind of learning. They need to learn how to fish, not eat for the day.  How do I foster this?

Going 1:1- Combining High and Low Tech

It didn’t take very long to answer my earlier question about student engagement and laptops.  It was evident early on that students still need to move, talk, and create both on paper and on their HP Streams. The trick is figuring out when they can be pushed through frustration, and knowing when it is time to go old-school.

Lindsay and I decided to jump right in with the technology. We had the students create Excel Surveys to poll the students on their team about personal interests.  It was a frustrating couple of days, but well worth it.  The students enjoyed taking each other’s surveys.  Sorting the data was a challenge; I obviously did not do a great job of teaching them how to use Excel. (More on that later.)

When it came time to share their analysis and look for team wide patterns, the kids were ready to use big paper and markers. They needed a break from huddling around their Streams, and welcomed the chance to stretch out on the floor to share data. Hanging the ‘data gallery’ allowed for much needed movement and a chance to see the big picture.

Next,  it was back to the Streams to create infographics to share the data. Lindsay and I are excited to share some of them soon!

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The Tweet Heard Around the World – Follow Up

Thanks to the help of some wonderful fellow educators from around the world, our students learned valuable lessons about how far (and how quickly) social media can spread. One team’s tweets showed up on more than 70,000 Twitter feeds, in at least four different countries.

Students reflected on the stats, and then shared the most valuable lesson they learned.  Here are a few:

  • Even silly things can travel at the speed of light.
  • I need to be careful what I put on social media!
  • I need to think before I post on social media.
  • Some people will retweet anything!
  • I would be embarrassed if that was a picture that I was ashamed of.
  • We don’t know how many people actually saw our picture. It my have been copied on Facebook or Instagram.

This proved to be a powerful experience for our students.  I wish that I had thought of it.  Thank you, Andrea Kornowski @andreakornowski for the great idea!