My session at EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA in Atlanta, PBL PD: Integrating Formative Assessment, Twitter, & Brain-based Research #ettipad #ettlearns, went just the way I wanted. Yay!
This tweet sums it up for me:
With a quick show of hands, I estimated that 2/3 of participants used Twitter. Approximately 1/2 labeled themselves as lurkers. Around 1/5 had never tweeted. There was a note in the program description.
Note: This session will be interactive, so please have a Twitter client on your iPad and an established Twitter account prior to attending this session. “
I believe about 10 did not have an established account. All really interesting formative assessment. I described my conversation with Bo where he challenged me to inspire faculty to use the technology in place – the faculty wanted iPads. We wanted faculty to use and understand more about non-graded formative assessment. I mashed up or blended brain research, Twitter, and formative assessment. I offered a purpose to tweet.
After giving my Ignite talk about this PBL PD for teachers, I challenged the participants to partner up, leave our session to visit another session and tweet using the conference hash tag (#ettipad) and my hash tag (#ettlearns). Maybe a little fear waved over the 1/3 non-tweeters and lurkers. Go with a friend; come back in 15 minutes. We’ll understand hash tags using learning by doing. I explained the risk I was taking. I’d never sent my participants away, but I am committed to experiential learning. Everyone got up and left to go observe and tweet. It was so great until I turned to see an empty room. Wow! What was I thinking? What had I just done?
They did tweet, and they did come back. Whew!
Here is a compilation of the tweets:
We talked about hash tags and how they can be used. I answered lots of great questions. We answered lots of questions. It was awesome! And, the hash tag #ettlearns lives. Wow!
Learning is reciprocal.
Don’t just absorb; give back.
Learn and share!