Participate in a Twitter chat on a topic relevant to what you teach, your Driving Question, or Capstone.
As did Karly, I used Participate.com to access my Tweet Chat (TC). The topic of my TC was startling identical to this week's homework assignments. The first question of the chat was: "Do you use social media in your classroom?"
The entire chat was about social media. It was great because I felt like the chat was an extension to everything I had been doing for this week's homework assignments.
What group norms did you observe?
One of the group norms was that the five mediators of the Tweet Chat would post questions and the rest of the people tweeted responses. The mediators would respond to what people had tweeted. As Karly noted in her blog, there was a lot of encouragement offered by the mediators such as "I really like the passion in all the tweets".
Mediators also encouraged everybody to share photos, ideas, links, and useful information. Many people tweeted links, photos, and texted about useful social media.
At first, I noticed some people would initiate their response by posting "A1:" if answering to the first question; "A2:" if responding to the second question and so on. This was to let everybody know which question corresponded with their response. However, so many tweets were posted that people eventually just tweeted and didn't bother worrying about starting their tweet with A1: if answering to question one.
Another norm was that everybody was friendly. Nobody tried to "play devil's advocate" or "stir the pot" with controversial responses. The chat was share knowledge and the platform was welcoming and supportive.
What did you learn from this chat?
I learned how to join and participate in a Tweet Chat (TC). I was a little confused about how to join a TC at first. My first time trying to join a TC, I was unsuccessful because it was late at night and all the TC's had finished for that day.
From the TC that I did join (the following day), I learned a new site to possibly practice social media with my students called Flipgrid. The person who texted about the site was a first grade teacher, which let me know that social media can be accomplished at the lower primary levels.
I also learned that educators all over the world are pushing for social media to be incorporated into classroom instruction. As one responder tweeted, "Students are using social media everyday and everywhere except for at school."
Was it helpful to your practice/Capstone or not?
It was helpful to participate in a TC for my practice because the more I get my feet wet into social media technology the more I enhance my digital skills/knowledge. Participating with Twitter and TC's catches me up a little bit to current social media technology. It took a master's course to get me using Twitter and participating in TC's, whereas for today's youth sending a Tweet and being a Tweet master is almost second nature. I have to expose myself to current technology/social media and embrace it's uses so I can catch up to what my students use on a daily basis to communicate and share knowledge, ideas, and opinions "outside of school". Embracing social media change and learning how to use it allows me to motivate students by tapping into their social media background experiences and prior knowledge.
I'm not sure how social media will effect my Capstone, but I have a feeling that I will be threading my Capstone to various social media outlets. Every time I learn a new digital tool or social media platform I think of how I can incorporate into my Capstone or my practice. I am now considering how to incorporate Twitter, Twitter Chat, and Social Media into my Capstone.