Sunday, November 4, 2012

There was a school in Chicago that had IPads

It's been my PLN for a few months now! This early morning reading of my Twitter "friends" never fails to strengthen my resolve that today's teachers are a dynamic and powerful group whose creative uses of technology are strengthening teaching and learning everywhere. 
This morning, I read about how a teacher in Chicago shared the Hurricane Sandy experience through the eyes of one of her own students who happened to be in NYC at the time of last week's storm.  It's amazing to think that Twitter really is a powerful social media, but it has the potential to be far more than a way to keep track of the Kardashians!

noted in her reflection, "For the first time, students saw Twitter as a place to ask questions, conduct research and gather new information. Previously we had only used it to tell others about our learning. Now, students see Twitter as a tool for learning. I spend a lot of time in first grade teaching my students where they can go to find answers to their questions; now they can add school-supervised Twitter to their list of resources."

A student in the class certainly used Twitter as a tool for personally meaningful and "real purposeful" writing!

I believe the CCS refer to all this as using primary resources for reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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