Twitter has been a very interesting learning curve the past couple of weeks. In the past, I’ve only used it to stay up to date on video game knowledge and art and have always thought that people could just post what they want saying what they want, and not get any repercussions for it, which turned me away from the educational/political aspect of it, however, this past week, interacting with teachers from all over has taught me that they are there to help and provide any resources that might help other teachers get what they need. Building this community now is actually very influential because now I have some resources for my classroom that I could use in the future while just browsing social media? Easy win for my future self, if I do say so myself. SaskEdChat was a really overwhelmingly positive experience for me because everyone was sharing their opinion and being mindful of others while respectfully talking about certain topics, which should be more commonplace in our society rather than hiding behind the screen and typing what you want. Everyone was so supportive of one another and when people would comment on tweets it felt like I was having an actual conversation with a human being rather than a picture on the screen. I highly recommend these types of experiences because I came out more validated, while also bursting with new ideas and more resources to use in the future!
Here is a tweet by Trina Crawford, one of the moderators for the SaskEdChat, and the wonderful bulletin boards she has at her school. Having this idea permanently on Twitter allows me to come back to it whenever I want, whether it be a year from now or 10!
Twitter in the classroom is an interesting topic because I think it could be really useful in keeping students engaged and on track with their progress. It would be a really good way to show the timelapse version of a student’s learning because once they’re done your class or school, you can go through all of the tweets from when they first started and look at how far their understanding has come or how much their perception has changed on a certain topic! I’ll definitely be using it as a tool to track progress, even if it is small, just like we are doing with the learning project!