Category Archives: Twitter

Why are we not teaching students to be responsible digital citizens?

What I write in this post is not original; it is a reminder. Banning Facebook in school is not a solution to anything. If you think banning it will make it go away, you are mistaken. Students are using Facebook, blindly. They are building their online presence, now! Why are we not teaching them to be responsible digital citizens?


Is Twitter and blogging all about narcissism?

Is Twitter and blogging all about narcissism? I came across a couple of “regular” blogs today that were not Read the rest of this entry

Why won’t you tweet?

I can’t make you tweet, nor should I. I can’t make you share your thoughts, nor should I. I can’t make you share resources, nor should I. I can, however, share with you. I can show you how I learn from my amazing PLN that is Twitter. That’s all I can do. It’s your move now. What will you do? What are you waiting for?

A few favorite tweets, lately.

Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal: A merit study where teachers were given $15,000 over 3 yrs found no increase in scores via @DianeRavitch #nassp2011

Chris Wejr @mrwejr:@SheilaSpeaking @Nunavut_Teacher responsibility is key. But we don’t get responsible people by rewarding them to comply

Chris Wejr @mrwejr: @SheilaSpeaking @Nunavut_Teacher I want students to understand there are natural consequences for their choices. Feedback better than prizes

Chris Wejr @mrwejr: @Nunavut_Teacher @SheilaSpeaking punishments and rewards only create desired outcome when the reward/punishment is present

Brian Barry @nunavut_teacher: BOOM! The real lesson on finance by @d_martin05

Mike @mikekaechele:Just got around to watching @DianeRavitch on the Daily show

Alfonso Gonzalez @educatoral Twitter-It’s Not Just What’s For Breakfast… @web20classroom

Robert Dewinetz rwd01 RT @alfiekohn: 4 quick responses to “But I have to assign homework! Look at all I have to cover!”:

Pernille Ripp @4thGrdTeach:Slideshow from the massive protest in Madison, WI yesterday #wiunion

How Twitter changed everything for me.

Pre-twitter: I felt isolated because at times no peer could relate to specific teaching issues.
With Twitter I find people with similar teaching issues. I feel isolated no more.

Pre-Twitter: I might be the only one with a specific mind-set on an issue.
With Twitter I seek out those with a similar mind-set.

Pre-Twitter: My educational relationships were built within the building I worked.
With Twitter I build relationships not only within my building but with educators worldwide.

Pre-Twitter: At times I found it difficult to find answers to specific questions.
With Twitter I can ask and have several answers almost immediately.

Pre-Twitter: My PD was done on specific days of the year.
With Twitter PD happens daily.

Pre-Twitter: My education mind-set was slow to change.
With Twitter my thinking is challenged and pushed constantly. (Thanks to Jabiz Raisdana @intrepidteacher and Justin Stortz@newfirewithin for pointing this out.)

A few notable tweets from February 3-10, 2011

@tomwhitby: People need to understand that education and learning may be a common experience but that doesn’t make everyone an expert. #edchat

@stumpteacher: We need to stop looking for THE “fix” and fix our own classrooms and schools. Learn from each other and Just Do It.#edchat

@stumpteacher:”Students will be motivated by learning if the activities are relevant, active, and collaborative.” #edchat

@joe_bower: Most people’s default is 2 defer 2 authority; in other words, admin need to go out of their way 2 nourish sharing & collaboration.

@JoAnnJ68: Student success also involves student choice. Parents & teachers need to allow this to happen #edchat

@mrlucero82: There is a danger in the affability and ease of efficiency that stifles creativity. The word “worksheet” comes to mind.

@sahlinvic: #catca we need to recognize that all children are different and we need to cultivate their creativity and talent! #sirken

@dmeharris: Do students have the opportunity to discover what they are good at and what they love? #catca #sirken

@d_martin05: We need to start asking students where their passions lie and build our lessons around that #edchat #sirken

I don’t follow people that protect their tweets.

I don’t follow people who protect their tweets. If I do then it’s a mistake.  I just don’t see the point in protecting tweets. Why would you want to? The best way to utilize the power of twitter is to be open. That is how you meet people here. That is how you meet outstanding educators here. That is how you learn through Twitter. That is how you become a better educator.
 If you protect tweets then you are closing yourself off from the power of Twitter. You are closing yourself off from meeting outstanding educators. You are taking the safe road and refusing to grow. Worse, you are making it harder for people to discover who you are. Why are you afraid?  Am I missing something?

Your Use of Twitter: Are you just making a lot of noise?

I have been thinking a lot lately about my use of Twitter. I think about the things that I tweet, resources I share and receive, and discussions I have had. My question is this:  When I tweet about things like better ways to use technology in class, or better ways to engage students, am I just making noise? Or am I using those things in the class to become a better teacher for my students?

It becomes overwhelming at times the amount of information that can be found on Twitter. It is easy to tweet and forget. It is easy to share a link and not look at it again. It is easy to have a worthwhile conversation about education and not use what you learned it in your classroom. It is easy.

Is it easy for you? How do you use Twitter? Are you using Twitter to become a better teacher? Or are you just making a lot of  noise?

The Power of Twitter: My geographic location did not stop me from meeting these Tweeters!

As some of you may know, I live in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. If you do not know where that is, you can get a geographic idea here. As you can see, I am geographically isolated. I live in a fly in community and have lived in Nunavut for the past 12 years. However, despite my isolation, I was able to connect with great educators when I discovered Twitter.

I have used Twitter since the fall of 2008. Actually I joined in the fall of ’08 but did not really start tweeting until early in 2009. That is a common experience with Twitter users. People join and then go away for a few months, try it again and then, Bam!, a light goes on in their heads and they “get it.” They say,  “Ahh, this is how I can use this.”

I had my “get it” moment around February of ’09. I discovered that despite the fact that I live in Northern Canada, I could connect with educators all over the world. Indeed, no matter where you live Twitter gives you the opportunity to connect with people that you never would have met otherwise.

Through the power of Twitter I have been able to meet some intelligent, kind, and caring educators. I would like to introduce you to a few people that I met over the past 2 years on Twitter that are definitely worth the follow.

In no particular order:

Tom Whitby: @tomwhitby Tom is an Adjunct Professor of Education at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is also the creator of the Educator’s PLN site. Tom’s tweets are thought provoking and he taught me that it is not how much you tweet, but the value of your tweet.

Shelly S.Terrell @ShellTerrell Currently, Shelly is teaching English to children, teens, and adult students in Germany and works as an online technology and English instructor. She also writes the  influential blog Teacher Reboot Camp. Shelly’s tweets are always informative and she is generous with her response to you even though she has 9,300 followers.  Moreover, she is a very positive person.

 Larry Ferlazzo @Larryferlazzo Larry teaches Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English Language Learners (as well as native English speakers) at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. Larry is the most prolific tweeter in my PLN. His tweets are loaded with resources. I retweet Larry often and have learned a lot from him.

Joe Bower @joe_bower Joe is a teacher in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada who wishes to challenge ‘traditional’ schooling while exploring more progressive forms of education. Joe is a “no holds barred” blogger and tweeter. He tells you exactly what and why he thinks the way he does. I share a lot of the same philosophies (homework) as Joe. He also reads and writes about authors such as  Alfie Kohn, Daniel Pink, and Seth Godin.

George Couros @gcouros    George is a K-12 Principal in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, who wants to help and inspire others to find their passion. His blog, The Principle of Change, is a favorite of mine because he writes a lot about caring and  helping children in his school. His tweets are always thought provoking. 

Chris Wejr @mrwejr  Chris works as a school principal at Kent Elementary School in Agassiz, B.C., Canada. One of his passions is discussing the future of education. Chris tweets about educational philosophy and shares many resources. He is currently implementing something called FedEx days with three of his teachers. I am fascinated with this idea and look forward to hearing about its success . We share many philosophies on homework and awards ceremonies, amongst other things. 

So, there you have it. Please check out the above educators and don’t let your geographic location limit your connections.