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Using # to keep a running record on Twitter

This was another NCTIES session with George Couros on March 3, 2017. I got so much out of the one the previous day, that I attended both sessions he had on March 3.

The title of this session is Creating a Blended Learning Environment. #nctiesgc #ncties17.

There was a lot of information in this presentation, but what I took away from it was how to use Twitter and #’s as a way to organize your posts, docs, and tweets.

Unique #’s for your tweets.

Using specific #’s in Twitter can help to keep your tweets organized and easy to find.   If you set a specific # for a class or a topic, then the students can just search that # to find information.  However, be sure to check if that # is already in use. Can also use # to tweet out to parents. An example of this for my school would be me using #nasifeBAC17. by doing this, parents or students can search this particular hashtag and see all the tweets I sent out, or they sent out with this tag.

One area of technology that I am always struggling with is the amount of emails I receive in a day.  With this idea of tags on tweets and docs it seems like a great way to eliminate some emails. Parents and students can just search the tag and see any information that might be posted.  By using 17, it is a way for me to distinguish the year this was used and make it an archive for that class. This way I can look back and see what was done in previous years and have a record.

Hashtags in Title for Google Apps

Hashtags in the title of docs, forms, sheets, etc. are important. This is a more cloud based way to organize instead of putting things in folders. Hashtags create a way to search easily in Google Drive.

Other Points from this Session

  1. Use bit.do as a better way to shorten links and customize them. It allows you to customize the title of the link.
  2. Instead of searching for videos for students, have them search for it.  Create a form for them to label it and place it and explain why they think it is important.  Teaches them to access information online. Can also do this as a way to check in with them and see how they are doing academically or socially.
  3. Don’t spoon feed others with the basics of technology.  They need to learn basics on their own, so we can collaborate on the big ideas and bigger themes of collaboration in the classroom. This was something that really impressed me.  This was a session about how to use Google Apps, Twitter, etc. effectively in your classroom. There was an assumption that the basics of these apps was already known.  It was not a session to learn how to create a doc or a form, how to title it, or how to share it.
    • There was also a discussion about how to pass this information along to other teachers and how to get them to buy into it. “Try to recreate the experience you want to see with your students when you try to get other teachers to do this.” – George Couros. This quote made a lot of sense to me and something I need to consider as I try to get others involved in this.
  4. Set the bar higher for students.  Don’t always tell them stuff they should NOT be doing on Twitter, instead tell them and show them the great things they can do with it.

 

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Blogging and Digital Portfolios

This was a session at #ncties17 with George Couros on creating blogs and portfolios for students and teachers.

The session was about how we can use blogs and portfolios as a way for teachers and students to keep track of their life and work over a long period of time.

Some of the steps to writing a blog post are below.

  1. Write – Put your information here, pics, videos, links, etc.
  2. Categorize – Ex. Teacher Observations – Categorize by standards. Think ahead and align standards to what you want – if you want administration categorize by leadership standards for admin. Plus 1 – Personal. Categories are big ideas or standards. This is something I am still working out and trying to figure out the best way to use. I’ve started really looking at the design of other people’s blogs to see how they use this.
  3. Tag – Along with tagging the content of your post, you might want to tag yourself, so it shows up on Google search.
  4. Publish

Blogging and Portfolios apply to all teachers and all subjects. Blogs should not be seen as an additional assignment, it should replace other assignments. “Not a plus, a replacement.” – George Couros.

As you can probably tell from this post and the others on my blog, this is new to me and I am trying to make it a consistent practice as a way to reflect on what I do as a teacher. I also hope to make it a resource that other teachers might be able to read and find something they can use.  At the conference, I was using this as a way to take notes on everything that was being discussed during the session. Going over it now I hope to edit it and make it sound more like a blog post and less of a note taking practice.

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NCTIES Conference – Thursday March 2

I am here in Raleigh at my first NCTIES conference and feeling a little overwhelmed by all the great ideas out there. The opening keynote was great.  I would highly recommend following Jennie Magiera – @MsMagiera onn Twitter. Also, went to a great session on Hyperdocs and Legos. Some great resources in the link. Getting ready for Coding in the Classroom session. Will post again with more resources and ideas I picked up.