Learning from Twitter & Hashtags: Part 2
For this week's reflection, I decided to check out the hashtag, #edtech, on Twitter. I always enjoy checking out this hashtag because along with the world of Education being ever changing, adding the world of Technology is a guarantee for enlightenment.
The first post that caught my eye under this hashtag, was Alex Corbitt's post on the difference between creating and checking understanding. I found this to be especially interesting because in my English classroom it'll be important that I understand the difference between the two. I will most likely print off this handy chart to assist me in my methods.
Another post under this hashtag that caught my attention was a post on "Breakout Edu", which is a low-tech activity for students to gain problem solving skills in classrooms. I find it interesting because it shows students that all technology doesn't have to be lights and touch screens. The appeal of this activity is similar to the newly popular escape rooms. However, "Instead of a locked room, teams must figure out how to get inside a tightly locked box. Breakout EDU builds the wooden boxes by hand and sells them online, along with an assortment of hasps, locks, invisible-ink pens and guidelines." The boxes are cheaper than the average computer and the students work in groups, so at $119 a box, it's quite the deal.
Lastly, as a 21st century teacher in a constantly evolving world, the last tweet that I found beneficial is an infographic on "21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Try In 2016-17" The two items on the list that I found the most useful were creating a class twitter and a class hashtag. This is beneficial because it integrates technology into the classroom in a way that students find important as well as promoting students feeling confident enough to give their two cents.