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Knock Down Classroom Walls

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.

 

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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