What Did They Tweet? Oct. Wk 2

Have you ever come across a tweet that you really wanted to discuss and share with others? I experience this so often that I have created this weekly series to bookmark these tweets and start a discussion with you about them. I invite you to check out the rest of this weekly series, What Did They Tweet?, if this is your first time.

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The Fun Theory

Can we change students’ behaviors by making learning fun? Ed Webb shared this video and started a great discussion on his website about the pedagogy of fun. I would like to continue the discussion here, because I do think that the educational system is programmed to make learning tedious. Exploration, discovery, problem-solving, and collaboration should be fun, but often this part of learning is lacking in curricula. I believe it is the best part of learning, which is why I hope this video inspires you and maybe your staff! This tweet was recommended by Valentina Dodge, Karenne Sylvester, and Larry Ferlazzo.

Preaching to the Choir?

Often I hear we are preaching to the choir on Twitter, but I think people forget that the conversations we have on Twitter are extended to our schools. Bill Montana demonstrates how he enlightens other educators at his school in his post, Starting Conversation. He shares several resources, which any educator could use with their PLN to begin a conversation, therefore, challenging educators to reflect upon their teaching methodologies. Included in this post is this inspirational video by Alan November.

Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom by Alan November from Brian Mull on Vimeo.

Famous Failures

Nancy Blair introduced the following video, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.” This video of famous failures would be a great way to spark discussion with students.

Photoshop App for the IPhone

Kyle Pace shared important news about Adobe Photoshop’s app for the IPhone! To find out more about this incredible app visit this post!

95 Websites to Bookmark

Paula Naugle shared this website that describes 95 websites to bookmark! I found some really interesting websites I had not already bookmarked like FlashEarth.com which could be used with students to explore the earth virtually! This tweet was recommended by Amber Teamann.

Would You Please Block?

Paula White recommended a thought-provoking post in which an instructional technologist shares his response to those who request he block distracting websites. You really should visit this blog and read the letter! I loved it!

**Add the people in this post to your PLN by using Russel Tarr’s mass Twitter tool. Just copy and paste this list!**

edwebb, bmontana, blairteach, kylepace, plnaugle, 8Amber8, paulawhite, larryferlazzo, vale24, kalinagoenglish

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If you enjoyed this post, you may also want to check out these posts with a more extensive list of favorite tweets:

Challenge:

Share one of these videos with at least one teacher at your school or with your students!

Would you like to recommend a favorite tweet for next week? Please contact me to share your favorite Tweet! Please mark the tweet as a favorite so that I can find the tweet!


Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

7 comments

  1. Once more I’d like to thank you, Shelly, for this valuable information. Your expertise as an educator is revealed through this compilation of insightful material for teachers.
    Regards and happy teaching!
    Marisa

  2. I’m glad you found this provocative/inspiring/interesting, and I hope the conversation continues here as well as elsewhere. I look forward to seeing your readers’ reactions.

    • Ed Webb,

      In your post several interesting points were brought up like defining the meaning of play versus fun or if this was a type of novelty or manipulation! However, you brought up a good point in that this video can bring up the discussion on defining the pedagogy of fun and what it means for students to enjoy learning. Creating meaningful learning for students can be fun without being novelty and suggestions are welcomed on the best way to do this. Perhaps, the discussion will continue and include teaching examples.

  3. Your favorite tweets never fail to provide rich information, full of innovation. I appreciate the mindmaps, videos, and links that give easy access from your comments. I, too, frequently come across tweets that I want to discuss and share with others, but you miraculously always beat me to it. 🙂

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