Social Media Experiment: My Learning, Growth, and Practice

From the ropes course one of our learners said they learned

This week JB and I conducted a couple of Lunch and Learn sessions on Twitter for our colleagues.  It was said, “Well, I’m set up.  Don’t know how I’ll use it, but at least I have an account now.” 

I heard Dr. JoAnn Deak speak about learning at the Atlanta Girls School.  Isn’t the challenge to learn by doing?  Will a teacher-learner ever know how they will use any teachnology until they do rather than talk or listen?

“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” – Eliphas Levi

I think BenSteele2704 knocked it out of the park with this tweet.  We must experiment to learn just like our students.  We must practice to finding understanding and relevance. 

I posted how one of our learners uses Twitter.  I want to share how I use Twitter to:

  1. learn from and think with others.
  2. capture thoughts and things to consider. 
  3. connect ideas and learning.
  4. practice learning new things.

Here are examples:

The Lovett School announced Dr. Michael Gurian’s talk on How Boys and Girls Learn Differently.  Our CFT Faculty Cohort attended as a team. 

Our professional development day on January 3 was a shared day with our colleagues at Drew Charter School.  Formative assessment and problem-based learning was the focus.  We have been using Rick Stiggins book in our Assessment Study Group, and I have been a fan of Frank Pajares for several years.  See how these ideas connected for me:

Carol Ann Tomlinson at the Learning Forward conference helped me connect formative assessment with differentiated instruction, the primacy-recency research from Dr. Sousa, and our faculty assessment plan.These are just a few ideas on how to use Twitter for learning.  Just read the #20minwms tweets to see how our team of learners is using tweets to

  1. learn from and think with others.
  2. capture thoughts and things to consider. 
  3. connect ideas and learning.
  4. practice learning new things.

Are we brave enough to take the first step?  Are we willing to reach out a hand to help?  Are we willing to water our learning garden for a month to see what grows?  Are we willing to learn by doing?

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