Social Media Experiment: #20minwms Day 2

A quick report on our progress.  Today 12 faculty members and 3 students participated in our social media, learning and the brain, formative assessment project.  Actually 13 faculty members tweeted; we think that the missing tweets are from a faculty member with protected tweets; more problem solving tomorrow.  The BEST thing is that this faculty member wants her learners’ tweets to be “on the record.” 

The research from Dr. Sousa is being discussed with our learners, their parents, and our colleagues.  While you can follow us on Twitter, here are some samples:

High school students engaged with tweets from across our campus to learn what is happening at school.  Most are intrigued that their Junior High principal @boadams1 knows how to and actually tweets.   We know that he is practicing walk-through observations to better understand our learners (of any age). 

Two of our virtual colleagues are dreaming and envisioning this work and learning at their schools.  I’m close enough and want to drive over and talk to faculty and learners about the experiment for one.  If you decide to try this with your colleagues and learners, will you let us know your hashtag?  We want to watch our learning grow.   

Today we have a snapshot of what is happening in the high school and the junior high.  Our conversation today took a turn from “how do I do this on Twitter” to “I saw your tweet; I have a question.” “Your learners are using spreadsheets to connect to formulas; what was your approach?” We are not wondering what is being learned in our building; we are reading about it, asking questions, and learning.

Think of the possibilities for learning if we can make connections, if our learners make connections. 

It’s about learning for all!


  1. This really is awesome—although I’m on leave, I still feel like I can see what’s happening at school and find all sorts of connections. The benefits of this experiment are awesome—you get the whole school thinking about learning, you open up classrooms to the larger world, you get everyone focusing on the big ideas they’re learning, and you teach people a totally new technology (twitter). Each of these things, in turn, will lead to exploration of all sorts of other possibilities as we continue to explore and ask questions. To quote Steven Johnson, you’re expanding the “adjacent possible.” And you’re doing it for zero cost. If only all educational reform were this simple, cheap, tranparent and effective.


  2. That middle school principal is more savvy than they think! How wonderful that a transition has already occurred – from dealing with mechanics of tweeting to seeing the connections among classrooms of learners. Fabulous progress.


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