He’s an 8th grade science teacher at Woodstock Union Middle School, a UVM doctoral student and tweets under the handle @PhySci8. He and his students use twitter in their classroom, and they’re wondering how many other science teachers do the same.
“I’m very interested in how technology, and the web, can be leveraged to provide new opportunities for students to explore, experience and share science. Twitter has proven to be a tremendously versatile tool:
For more information on his project, you can reach Ryan at email@example.com
it enables students to follow real science, and real scientists, based on personal interests; it provides students with an expanded and authentic audience; it provides students with opportunities to practice embedded forms of literacy (both traditional and new literacies); it allows students to practice and discuss digital citizenship in an authentic manner; lastly, it can be used in surprisingly diverse ways as a formative assessment tool. Moreover, Twitter is dynamic, occurs in real-time, is multi-modal and, perhaps best of all, it’s free!
For my upcoming dissertation research at UVM, I am specifically interested in learning more about how social media is being used by others in science classrooms for teaching and learning. I am reaching out to folks who are currently using social media in their science classrooms. My hope is that feedback from these teachers will help me develop research questions, as well as consider potential study participants, methodologies and types of data, in a more informed way.
Over on Storify, a brief recap of how our first annual iPad play-day went this past weekend. With more than 70 educators from two states, 13 workshops and more live-tweeting than an aviary, we had a BLAST.
The chaotic, high-energy hacker-space challenges, featuring Skitch, Strip Designer and Haiku Deck, were one of the most popular sessions of the day.
A guest post by one of our partner educators, Jacki McCarty.
McCarty is an educator at Harwood Union Middle School, in Moretown VT.
“The resource I wish to share is THE STUDENTS and MY COLLEAGUES. Through encouragement by my colleagues I have taken risks with technology and found that the students can run with technology and use each other as resources. I, the teacher, can use them as resources. Here is what happened.
Jodie Curran and Jon Potts had told me about QR codes last year, but I never fully understood what they were until I did a treasure hunt with QR codes at a class last summer. I thought they were interesting, but never found a natural fit for integration into my curriculum.
While we were brainstorming about the Poetry Recitation project and iTraining, Sarah Ibson and I came up with the idea of having students record themselves reading poems (with images to compliment the poems also embedded in the iMovie) and make QR codes to put on their Recitation Poem Posters.
The poem posters consist of a handwritten version of the poem, and typed analysis of the poem, as well as an image that represents the poem. These posters will line the hallways at the final poetry recitation performance — the HUMS Celebration of Learning on May 2.
Here is a link to a student performance (they gave permission to share it and I used it as an example in my classes) which was made in Sarah Ibson’s iTraining class prior to my class project. The iTraining students acted as mentors during the recording and uploading experience — which was essential since I myself did not yet know exactly how to perform these actions.
As facilitator Lindsey Slan Halman explained, the students had been forbidden to use any images off the internet, and thus got extra creative with their staging, imagery, props and acting. We think the students did an amazing job, and would like to thank them for being so willing to share their work.
Students at one of our partner schools, Manchester Elementary/Middle School have recently embarked on building a 3-D printer. Yep, you read that right: a 3-dimensional printer. The parts are laser cut out of wood and teach the kids about programming and design. First item off the press? A sloth coin.
Working through the Dorothy Canfield Fisher books with Edmodo: Warp Speed by Lisa Yee, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai, incorporating students into Edmodo, badging, book clubs and new scarves. It’s all in here.