Learning to Fly

When I told my class we were starting a classroom Twitter account, they were VERY excited!! I showed them their current school account, as well as my own, and gave them a few pointers about what “followers”, “retweets” and “likes” meant(they seemed to be well versed on what “hashtags” mean). We decided to use a name that identifies us that you are welcome to check us out YQRClassroom @MYVI2018 but SPOILER ALERT we haven’t “tweeted” anything yet. In the following weeks I plan on encouraging their ownership by giving them opportunities to write the tweets. This may be a question they have or comment about what we are learning with the intention of linking to the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship focusing on communication, literacy and etiquette. I will be leading the tweeting so to speak. If you are new to Twitter this website can give you the basics Twitter 101.

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Next up on my exploration of Social Media apps, I decided to ask my students what apps they currently use. A few mentioned Snapchat but the most common app was YouTube. At first I even questioned if YouTube was even a “Social Media” app but after further investigation, I discovered that it sure is!!

How do I use YouTube as a platform to engage the learners in my classroom? I already use videos in Math and Science but I have never created anything myself. Well, the first thing I did was search for videos that could help me out. This video that I found from Edutopia explains the basics of how to use YouTube but I am left with questions about how I can create videos that will have an impact on learning. Well I now have a direction……find the tools that will help me CREATE my own videos on YouTube. How do I do that?!?! Further investigation and probably some bumps in the road are anticipated. I guess I am “learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings”(Ode to Tom Petty RIP).

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3 thoughts on “Learning to Fly

  1. This looks great! I love the idea of having your students tweet and using a class account as a way to learn means that it won’t be connected to their names. YouTube is so big right now I’ve only used it a few times for university I just can’t jump on that train yet but good luck I hope you learn lots.

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  2. I’m looking forward to seeing how you will use Twitter and Youtube. I followed your Twitter account so hope to see it become active. Make sure that you add a bio/description of the account as well as an image before you start tweeting as it’s more likely that people will follow you.

    I look forward to watching these pieces progress as we get deeper into the course!

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  3. I think it’s great that you will be engaging your students in using Twitter, and I like how you plan to connect your tweets back to the elements of digital citizenship. I only started using Twitter this semester and have already learned so much from it – I can only imagine what kind of learning will take place in your classroom for your kiddos! Looking forward to following along!

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