With modern day technology we have numerous ways of teaching our students. We don’t realize how we can make things more exciting in the classroom by using these tools. When looking through the textbook, The Global Educator, I came across different tools of community and social media. One that struck me was Twitter: a tool almost every student is familiar with. Students use this tool every day for personal uses. But what if we could use this tool to create discussion boards beyond the classroom. What if student could use their Twitter accounts to blog and interact with other classmates. The lesson plan, Twitter and Academic Research, starts off teaching students how to use Twitter; for those who are unfamiliar. This is followed by a presentation after the lecture. This presentation is done by tweeting. Students must use hashtags to search things related to the topic of discussion. Finally, once they all have tweeted the class will discuss what they have found.
This lesson plan isn’t the only thing I found where students are able to engage with Twitter in the classroom. In the video, CNN: Twitter has place in classroom, a high school teacher notices how much students are on their devices and uses this as a tool in the classroom. He decides to allow students to engage using Twitter as part of the group discussion. He asks his students questions in the classroom and then asks them to tweet about it using their own technology or technology in the classroom. These tweets would then project on the board where they would be able to discuss them as a class. This helps every student participate in the discussion. A lot of students do not participate in out loud discussion because they are too shy, so this is a way to include everyone. He says in the video, “Twitter did become this Paperless way of sharing what’s on their mind.” This is the future of journal writing. As technology advances, so will our tools in the classroom.
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In today’s society, almost everyone engages in the use of social media. According to N.J. School Boards Association Issues Model Social Networking Policy, school boards are required to have policies governing the use of social media communication between teachers and students. These policies must be written to standardize appropriate ways of virtual contact between students and faculty. In our present world, this is important. We are living in a time where technology is a big part of society. I always hear things about being careful of what I post online because future jobs might look at it. Now that they have specifics in what we should or should not be posting, it will be easier for employees to be more careful about these things. Also, this will make it easier for employers to have specific documentation to reference when accusing someone. The bill allows different communities to have different policies when it comes to the guidelines of internet use. This is very important because different communities have different types of people living there with different opinions. So policies should consider the needs and culture of the community.
Although different districts may have different rules as to what you should or should not be posted on the internet, these are my tips concerning ways to avoid losing your job while using technology!
- Keep your accounts on private. Although you shouldn’t post anything you do not want students or employers to see, you also don’t know who’s going to tag you in an inappropriate picture. To make your life easier put your accounts on private!
- Keep your accounts unsearchable. Kids these days can easily search you on the internet. To make sure they will be unable to, use a fake name. Maybe a nickname or middle name that only close family and friends would know. This way students and employers are unable to find you! Only share these accounts with close family and friends.
- Keep your work life and personal life separate. Students should not know about your personal life. Avoid posting things on the internet that would affect your students comfort towards you if they ended up seeing it.
If you came to this page wondering how you can get fired, do not follow those tips! Follow these tips as to how to lose your job:
- Keep your personal accounts open to the public. Adding students on personal social media accounts will allow them to see everything you post. Most schools do not allow you to friend your students on your personal accounts. This a great way for you to lose your job!
- Share racist, prejudice, or sexual content for everyone to see. Whether if it is your own post, or someone else who tagged you; either will get you fired.
- Post inappropriate pictures that may make your students uncomfortable. Anything that can affect your students learning outcome will definitely do the trick!
- Communicate with your students nonprofessionally via text, phone call, private accounts, etc. Talking to students through personal accounts is not professional and will make you look suspicious!
And there you have it. Follow these tips and you will lose your job in no time!
In response to the Twitter article, “When Should We Unplug a Student in a Plugged-In World?”, I agree that our generation may be addicted to technology. This article agrees that technology is a useful supplement in today’s world, and even in our educational system. I believe too much of anything is not good for you; in the article it talks about how too much use of technology appears to delay frontal brain development in growing students. It talks about ways to control students in the classroom from using their mobile devices and being disruptive in the classroom. It also talks about how parents should limit and monitor their children’s use of technology. I totally agree with this because as a student in college, I do distract myself with my phone in and outside of the classroom. For this reason, I sometimes lose track of what I am learning in class and have to look back into my notes. This also causes me to take longer to finish my work. Sometimes when I have a deadline and really need to finish up some homework I will turn my phone off and hide it in my bag. This really helps me keep track of what I’m doing and finish my work quicker. In the article, it talks about how as a teacher I should collect cell phones before class so students will not be distracted. As a student myself, I can see how this method will be helpful.
As a future math teacher it would be great to be able to take advantage of the future technological advances in math. I am sure there will be great resources for homework and test taking. But I would also want my students to do a lot of their work on pen and paper. As technology grows, it becomes easier for students to look up answers and cheat. In math, it is important to see my students steps and where they messed up while doing their work. If everything is online, I will not be able to see my students scratch work. I will also not be able to check if the student actually took the time to do their homework or just asked a friend to copy their answers. This article was very useful and had great tips that I believe will be very valuable while teaching and even parenting.