PART ONE. TWITTER OF THE DAY
Twitter (what is Twitter) isn’t just a place to post pictures of your lunch. Most professions can find a robust learning network with which to connect. In particular, education and speech-language pathology (#slpeeps, #slp2b)have a huge presence on all social media, but particularly on Twitter. Just look at the number of educational hashtags!
Ten weeks is not nearly enough time to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN) with Twitter – but it’s enough time to get your feet wet and see how it might be of value in your own profession. It’s also a great way to be a knowledgeable voter when it comes to educational issues (just make sure you have a balance with whom you follow!)
To get us started – we’ll look for relevant hashtags and people to follow. Class hashtag?
We’ll also look for volunteers to tweet class for us each day so we can have a scrapbook of sorts of what we’ve done this semester; sign up to be Tweeter of the Day.
PART TWO. WHAT IS BLOGGING? & 20% PROJECT
- What is blogging in plain English
- A number of teachers have started using an activity called Genius Hour or 20% Time to provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of personal interest. We’re using a similar model to explore ideas in learning, design, and technology. But we’re putting our own spin on things by looking closely at trends in education (K12 and higher ed) and some of the myths, misconceptions, and propaganda associated with them. Not surprisingly, technology can be found at the heart of many of these issues. We’re calling our project “MythBusters” because that’s my real goal – to give you time to learn about issues in education that matter to you.
Task One: Creating a blog
- Create a blog at http://www.wordpress.com Take a few minutes to think of an appropriate name for your blog – something related to your 20% project.
- If you need help creating your blog, log in to:http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda with your UGA MyID. Search for “Wordpress Essential Training” and choose relevant videos to show you what you need to know.
Task Two: Linking your blog to your about.me page
- Add a link to your blog on your about.me page (WordPress can be added as an app or as a link – it’s up to you).
Task Three. Brainstorming Topic Ideas
- Each week you’ll be asked to spend time exploring the question/topic that’s of interest to you. Think of something current in education/technology that you’ve wondered about or something that has impacted you personally.
- Some of the topics that can be explored will be shown during the class (click here to view common myths) To view possible key words for educational issues, click here
- Now, spend some time exploring your topic. Do a Google search and see where it takes you. Ask around if your topic is controversial or it’s simply something everyone has an opinion on. Make sure to contact me if you are unsure of where to start or you are struggling with an idea.
- Each week, one of your tasks will be to spend time working on your 20% project. You’ll record your time and progress on your blog.
Task Four. Share your plan in EDMODO
- Create your account in Edmodo
- Once you have an idea for your topic, Post your Blogging topic so, I and everyone will know what you’re working on.
- What is your topic? Why did you choose it? How it’s relevant to your own life/higher or K12 education, who else will be interested in your question, where you will start looking for answers?
1. Post your blogging idea in Edmodo and reply to at least two classmates’ blogging ideas.