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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?

Social Media Experiment: Student Learning, Growth, and Practice

From RunningWitty, one of our learners, via email:

Dear Ms. G,

     I have loved the 20 minute tweeting experience. It is really cool to be able to record thoughts about what you are learning and comment on other people’s thoughts. I have learned that connections can be made very well after a specific 20 minute period. I get to learn really interesting stuff from classes I am not even in as well as ask questions about information I never would have learned otherwise. The experience has made me critically think about what I am learning; reflecting has helped “stuff” to stick in my brain better.Thank you for initiating this awesome experiment!

The tweeting experience has enhanced my learning in two ways

1) I get to learn really interesting stuff from classes I am not even in as well as ask questions about information I never would have learned otherwise.

2) The experience has made me critically think about what I am learning; reflecting has helped “stuff” to stick in my brain better.
Thank you for initiating this awesome experiment! 
 

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’d like to answer the questions “how am I going to use it?” by showing the development and growth of one young learner. 

I thought it might be interesting to chart the growth and learning to use Twitter from the beginning (September 14, 2010) to now (February 4, 2011) of one learner, RunningWitty.  As of right this minute, RunningWitty has 230 tweets under his belt.  He began his tweeting as a guest blogger at TEDxAtl on September 14, 2010.  Thanks to our friend and colleague, @Deacs84, he got off to a great, smart start. 

Below is a small representation of his growth and learning to use social media for learning.  I’ve taken slices of his tweets from each month.  You can decide how much you think he has learned and grown.  He and I agree that his learning has been enhanced.  Do you think he is a global learner optimizing his digital lifestyle to have limitless opportunities to collaborate, create, and connect?  I do. 

September 2010

October 2010 

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011

 

February 2011

Worth repeating:

The tweeting experience has enhanced my learning in two ways

1) I get to learn really interesting stuff from classes I am not even in as well as ask questions about information I never would have learned otherwise

2) the experience has made me critically think about what I am learning; reflecting has helped “stuff” to stick in my brain better.