This is a professional development blog for Nottingham Elementary. We'll be discussing books we have read as a group. Our discussions will be focused on gifted children.
My view on social media has only changed slightly. I already embrace Twitter professionally and see myself as a Crow/Owl (Kindle location 1599). I feel Twitter has strengthen my PLN as a teacher that was once unimaginable (Kindle location 1722).In the past, we have tried to use Facebook for a professional group for Language Arts but it did not work. While we had many followers, we just needed a strong leader to facilitate discussions.What has changed with me is the awe of how older students use social medias such as YouTube to get internships and scholarships (Kindle location 1514). I still believe though younger students (under 13 years old) should not use social media until they understand their own digital footprint.
I agree with Annie Mitchell's response on June 17th in that students under the age of 13 should not use social media because of their maturity or lack thereof. I love her response of " until they understand their own digital footprint." Wow! How powerful is that phrase both literally and visually.
Yes, we do have to be careful with younger students using Youtube and certain social media sites. However, we need to keep in mind that there are platforms for them. For example, TeacherTube, TodaysMeet (like twitter but for classroom use only), Google Cast, etc.
@Screen Saver, I haven't heard of TeacherTube, TodasMeet, or Google Cast, but I'm now intrigued in seeing what they are and how I can use them in my own classroom this year.
Annie Mitchell June 17, 2017Agreed! At such an impressionable age as 13 (or give or take a few years), the role of social media poses a special risk because not only are younger children more impressionable, but the maturity of many makes it difficult to fully understand the weight words have in shaping thoughts and beliefs. I also believe that those 13 or younger should not have their own accounts, but have considered whether setting up an account with the teacher as administrator who can also oversee the platform could be a way to introduce students to social media in a more controlled environment.
My view of social media has not changed, but has been supported by Pure Genius. I did learn about Twitter lists (page 93-94). I still view 2nd graders as needing a gate keeper on social media, so I will post for our class using my account. We do look at Twitter for the latest information, such as unusual weather. This year my class knew (due to Twitter) about needing to shelter in place before the district notified the school! I have to filter when applicable. I also share some videos or info that is posted on FB, but of course, using my account.The students have loved Google Classroom and Edmodo and it's Learning because of the discussion threads. They use them after hours and during school. We have Skype'd with authors and professionals before, but have done so whole group. (Some students really responded, and others were bored.)@Annie...I see you as a Crow because Owls are followed back by fewer than ten people. Perhaps we are in between types?
Thank you Melanie. I will work hard to maintain my Crow status. You gave me insight that social media is not just Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for making me realize that students are academically social on Edomodo and Google Classroom. Great insight.
My view on social media has changed slightly after reading this book on social media. I learned that I am an Owl. Page 103. I realize that I need to embrace this digital learning and share as an educator to " help propel innovation." Page 102-103.I love his motto " Think before you post." That's something I will outline as part of our digital citizenship unit. I like how he uses social media as a tool for self discovery as a PLN and gain more information from more sources. Page 101.
I have definitely changed my opinion about social media. I have always known it's importance, especially with the younger generation, but I think the unknown has always scared me. I don't use it or am not very educated on it so I just avoid it. I know with this generation there is no way around it and it is something I have to figure out and embrace. I like how on page 96 it talked about a profile and how to make it catch people's eye. It's definitely a learning process, but one I am finally willing to try and conquer!
I am glad to see it changed Breidenthal's opinion. Take small steps. Go to teachers.net and join your grade level's Chatboard. You can begin by using it like an Owl.
@Jeanne Breidenthal I appreciate your transparency about your views on social media. I appreciate that you are willing to try it.
My views on the use of social media tools have not changed much. However, I have decided that I need to make sure I am current. I am always searching for safe and creative tools and apps that allow elementary aged students to collaborate and share. I am an Owl p. 94. I use social media to find ideas and tools but do not follow anyone. I am very busy person. However, I am not a thief as I share ideas via a local PLN.
My views on social media tools have slightly changed. I have never used Twitter, and I'm excited to try it to as another resource tool. I can see how Twitter can be overwhelming, especially to newbies, so I like the idea of Twitter lists (Kindle loc 1595).
@Alice O'Meara It took me a while to get used to Twitter but now it is my professional go-to. This summer I had discovered FlipGrid and the Twitter community supports me beyond expectations.
I also liked the idea of twitter lists as mentioned in Alice O'Meara's comment on July 20th. I have had a twitter before for personal use and found it very overwhelming due to the number of followers I had. I am curious to learn more about twitter lists.
My views on social media have changed a bit. I'm interested in creating a twitter account for my upcoming Kindergarten class, to document success and share educational insights/opportunities with others. I really enjoyed reading about Hawks, Crows, and Owls. I view myself as an Owl because I "like to observe and gain wisdom from others but am usually quiet and don't mind being alone" (pg. 94). It's not as if I wouldn't like to share information, I just don't always feel comfortable sharing something I may or may not have as much knowledge and experience as others.
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Aside from the occasional inspiration found on Pinterest and the sharing of the day with students’ parents, I often viewed social media tools a reflection of people’s personal views and thoughts and social aspects of their lives, and did not consider the professional development opportunities from communicating with those in the educational community. After reading, I am able to see not only how one can establish and build a strong school and home connection thus better supporting our students, it also brings in fresh ideas and perspectives which otherwise may not have been shared. (pg. 91)