When I first heard about Twitter, I thought the concept was quite dumb actually. I didn’t really understand why anyone would care about anything someone pot on there especially if it had to be under 120 characters. I didn’t really understand the point of socail media at this point especially since I was relatively young and there wasn’t too many big social media sites that I was a part of. But I got an account later on in my life, and like most things I was interested for a while and then something else came up and Twitter was pushed to the side.
Before taking EDTC 300 I had stopped using Twitter for the most part. The only thing I really used it for was to check on current events becuase its instantaneous information so if there was something going on in the world I would hear about it quickly. I actually didn’t realize a lot of people still used Twitter. With other social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat came along I thought Twitter would be left behid but I recently realized it wasn’t and its still very popular.I made a new Twitter account for this class so I could have a fresh start.
I think Twitter can be used in a lot of ways but I am not really sure of how it may be used in a classroom setting. I like the idea of having a classroom hashtag for sharing articles or resources but that would mainly be for older grades. You also might want to have a class twitter account to show off what your students are learning and see what other teachers/students/classes think.
The Sasked chat that our class participated in was really interesting! I had heard about it before but never participated in it. It really was just like having a class disscussion only online. It was cool to hear from other people who also weren’t a part of our class. One reason I think I really enjoyed it was the topic. Going paperless is something I’ve wondered about. I try to be cancience of my personal effects on our environment and its also something I’m passionate teaching about. I got some really good feedback and tips from people and I thought that was a really cool benefit of it. It was a really supporrtive environment and I felt a lot more comfortable adding to the disscussion here than I would be in a regular class. I think I would like to try it out again sometime too!
Twitter is never something I thought I would use a lot and I may stop using it after this class but its still nice to have the knowledge that its a really cool communication tool to use.