I always tell my students, “Everyone loves a mash-up.” It’s basic neuroscience at its best. Our brains pay attention to what is novel, look for patterns, and seek to make connections.
I wanted to help my students get a better understanding of theme. I gave them a choice of two tweets to work with. By mashing the ideas from a short story we read and film we watched with a current news article and video of a living sculpture, the students flexed their thinking about theme in a deeper and broader sense. The discussions were rich and gave me the opportunity to do some on-the-spot reteaching.
Expand the reach of your classroom. I like to use Twitter to model digital citizenship and show students that learning is not limited by the school day or classroom walls. These tweets are connected to the novel we are reading.
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.
What symbol best represents who you are personally? As a learner?