Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tool #7: Reaching Outside Your Classroom: Online Digital Products

Online Digital Products Proposal

Content objective: The high school student will use technology and critical thinking skills to participate in a twitter chat on a topic related to a concept they are learning.

When you plan to implement: Hopefully this school year!

What tool(s) you plan to use: Twitter and Storify

A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences): Ideally two Fridays per month (realistically one Friday per month), students in 2-3 different classrooms in the same grade level studying the same subject will participate in a 40 minute twitter chat on a topic related to a concept of study. The participating teachers would work together to create a unique hashtag for the chats, develop topics for discussion, create discussion provoking questions, and take turns moderating the chats. Topics could be related to current events that parallel historical events or topics being studied in the classroom. I think focusing the chats on current events or events from recent history because students need to be able to draw on personal experience, environmental observations, and newly learned content when participating in the chat. After each chat, the chat feed can be archived in Storify and used as a springboard for an extension activity in each classroom.

If you need to find another classroom - We can begin networking with other classrooms right here: I will be co-teaching this year and am not sure who or what subject for just yet. Hopefully, we will be able to work together to get some kids thinking and learning via the twitter chat experience!

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