So last night I participated in my first #SaskEdchat on Twitter! It was very interesting to say the least! How it works is for each SaskEd chat, there are assigned moderators asking education related questions and you as a participator are to answer those questions with your own views and opinions. I enjoyed taking part in this chat because it gave me the opportunity to express my views on the topic “paperless classrooms” and share my ideas on how we can work towards a paperless classroom that would be better for our environment. We also looked at cons to paperless classrooms. I think overall, everyone agreed or voiced their opinions that finding a balance between the two was a good route to go. Through this SaskEd chat I was also able to read other teachers/ future teachers views on the topic. I enjoyed this because it opened my thinking to other realms I would have never thought of on my own. Overall, I think SaskEd chat is a great tool for teachers to learn new knowledge and thinking that can be incorporated into their own classrooms, allowing us to work towards a common goal as educators.
I’ve been on twitter before but had no knowledge of these SaskEd chats or have not thought about looking into educational hashtags. Upon closing this class session, I thought it would be a great idea to check out hashtags such as #Mathchat #SSchat #ELAchat and #Scichat. Boy am I glad I did! There are a ton of resources and lesson ideas that are shared from teachers all over the world! I actually wish I had checked out these hashtags sooner, it really would have came in handy for my lesson planning. Recently I’ve been viewing twitter differently. In the past I had a personal Twitter account to follow celebrities that I wanted to keep with for the latest celebrity gossip. The EDTC300 class though has opened different doors within the Twitter world for me and I just cannot stop exploring all the amazing resources!
Throughout my three years of taking Education classes, I had not thought about using Twitter in the classroom. Now that I am exposed to all these new resources and education articles, I feel twitter would be a great resource in the classroom. However, I feel this would be successful in only a school or classroom that is readily available to technology like computers or tablets. How I would incorporate twitter into my classroom if the technology was available, would be to see my students learning through a SaskEd chat, on topics that were taught in the classroom! I think it would be fun and it would be something that the children would enjoy! However, there could be downsides to this as well. Many parents do not allow their children to have social media accounts until a certain age. This is something that would have to be discussed with parents. Perhaps if the parents disagree with their children getting social media accounts, student accounts can be made specifically for school use with only the teachers having access to log in usernames and passwords.
Overall, technology is ever growing and there will be no stop to it, because of this teaching and learning in the classroom will forever have to be moderated as well! However, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Technology opens our eyes to a bigger world that we never thought was out there! Until next time, Happy Blogging!