I became a Tweeter!
It's hard to believe, as much as I love technology, Twitter has never been my thing. Over the last four weeks I have embraced Twitter (@diananeilson), much like a stalker instead of a real active participant. Why you might ask...time, but I am trying to find a few moments each day for the purpose of educational sharing and collaborating.
So I dabble in Twitter. Sometimes I like to re-post articles or respond to what others are tweeting. For example, this week I told another teacher I loved the ideas she shared (because I saw someone had written something negative to her and I thought it was uncalled for.) Us teachers need to stick together, no room for negativity on Twitter! :)
I participated in an #edchat. In first grade we have been discussing homework. How much is the right amount? We teach in a community where parents have homework expectations, even in first grade. During my #edchat a participant, @NancyWtech, share a great article with me called Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let's ban elementary homework. I read it and immediately shared it on Twitter. Also, I share the article with my first grade team an we had a great discussion about our feelings on homework. Also in the #edchat we discussed how demographics and socio-economics changes the expectation. Finally, we discussed technology use and homework on sight words and math facts.
I enjoyed my discussion with #edchat and #Educasic. My learning curve was definitely on using the hashtags. I forgot the #edtechchat hashtag on most of the conversation and forgot #edu776nz. Now I know.
I will continue to use Twitter, especially with the hashtag #D90Learns. It is good for our community to see what is happening in our schools. Also, I would like to open up discussions with other first grade teachers about some curriculum and share ideas. Tonight I asked for input from other teachers on our Holidays Around the World unit. I can't wait to see what ideas come from talking to others around the globe.
You can find me on Twitter : https://twitter.com/DianaNeilson @diananeilson