Before taking this online class I can admit I was never on Twitter and it was something I disliked going on. I think the main reason was that I did not know how to properly use it! After getting some help on how to use Twitter I finally have got the feel of it and have started to enjoy it. I find it so convenient for many things, especially shaping my internet identity!
Twitter has become a lot more fascinating to me over these past few weeks. After joining edtc300 I have realized what a great tool twitter can be. After joining in on the Sask-Ed chat on Tweetdeck my mind was blown away. I had no idea that a chat with teachers from all over Canada was possible. It was such an unreal experience where I was able to hear from very knowledgeable people. I think these chats are amazing to be apart of because not only is it good to hear others’ opinions but I believe it will be a place where you could build a big community for teaching. In teaching having somewhere to go and people to contact when you need help with resources or anything in the teaching world is key. I have noticed that everyone teaches with different strategies and getting different perspectives on things can lead to us becoming stronger educators.
Twitter in the classroom I think could be considered a good thing if the parents in the classroom are willing to use it. I think with avoiding putting the names or faces it could be used as a reminder system letting the parents know what is happening in the classroom! One internship that I was in the teacher used it for main reminders and used seesaw to send the parents pictures of the students’ work! I feel getting the parents more engaged in their students work is a way to build a strong community and relationships with not only the students but parents as well. With the students knowing their parents or caregivers will be seeing their work I think will make them more motivated to do good and not slack off. I’m not saying it’s always going to work like that but it’s just my opinion!