Connected Learning

Jarrod Lamshed

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Connected Classroom – Twitter

One of my ‘back to basics’ this year is harnessing the power of Twitter in both my and my students learning. This is something that has taken a back seat to the ‘busy list’ over the last year or so. Re-establishing this as a part of my routine has added immediate value to both my professional learning and learning in my classroom.

When we talk about ‘new basics’ in education, facilitating a connected classroom has to be one of these. Keeping a class Twitter account open in a browser tab on the screen in our class adds a layer of depth to the learning opportunities we create. A simple thing like our shared class novel becomes a whole different experience when we can have access to the author to interact with as we read. This term we are reading ‘Refugee’ from the ‘My Australian Story’ series, written by Alan Sunderland. One tweet from our class account connected us with Mr Sunderland who has offered to answer questions from students as we make our way through the novel.

Another common experience in Australian classrooms is ‘Behind the News‘. With a class Twitter account, this moves from a ‘viewing’ experience to an interactive learning experience where our students develop questions to ask of expert reporters on a weekly basis. This transforms the learning and allows students to see connections to their world.

For me professionally, being back in the Twittersphere keeps me on my toes. Feeling accountable to someone keeps me blogging regularly which I know helps to solidify my thinking. It keeps me in regular touch with creative thinking about education and it gives me a much broader learning network to bounce ideas around with.

2 Responses to Connected Classroom – Twitter

  1. Paul Clapton-Caputo says:

    I would wait in anticipation for a weekly tweet from a member of your class that shows the change knowledge they have as a consequence of a piece of their learning.
    A tweet that shared what they were thinking, why they were thinking that and what they now think as a result of their individual and collective thinking.
    What do you think Mr L? #newbasics #engaged #self-efficacy #connectedlearning

    • I would also be excited to see this! At the moment, I think most of our students are stunned that learning can involve those outside of the classroom, let alone on the other side of the world. As we move past the ‘novelty’ aspect and these tools and networks become more normal, I look forward to reaching a point where they can explore the differences in their thinking.

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