Before I began taking this class, I didn't have much of an online presence. However, I thought I was doing just fine. I would tweet now and then. I emailed, maintained a Google site. Used GAFE in my classroom. But that was nothing compared to what I have accomplished thus far in our class.
Why have I not been taking advantage of Social Media?
In the past two months I have more than doubled the number of tweets I have sent. I have created and maintained a website dedicated to my learning. I've used tools like Instagram and Google+ that I've never used before. My online presence has increased logarithmically since May.
Before entering this program I never completely understood why people liked to share everything online. One of my great friends posts a picture of his dinner every day. It makes sense why, as he is a chef. Before I began to post articles, and other educationally slanted material on a regular basis, I thought he was crazy. I've had a change of heart.
George Couros wrote an article entitled, "Snapchat and Education." In this article he mused the possibility of utilizing snapchat in an academic environment. He believes that snapchat could be used to tell stories. Students could create a daily story that would disappear after 24 hours, leaving room for a new story to occupy the space. What schools should keep in mind is that once teachers and adults begin to use Snapchat, it looses its cool with the students. I believe that if we begin to use snapchat in schools, it will become like Facebook. Many students have told me that they don't use Facebook anymore because their parents are on it.
Caitlin Tucker, in her article, Instagram Scavenger Hunt, she details a class trip to San Francisco with her students. During the trip she created a scavenger hunt to more fully engage her students with what they were seeing and experiencing. This is a photographic cousin to a project that I came up with using audio QR codes to engage students.
We are in the middle of a huge transformation, not only for my cohort-mates and myself, but for the educational community as a whole. The more we share, the more we feel validated by the response we recieve from the public. I have made many new connections within the education world by sharing my thoughts in a public forum. As Alice Keeler tweeted, "I share my stuff because I did not get into teaching to hoard information."
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