3 Influential Tweets

I made a professional twitter account for my ED554 class. Twitter has now connected me to so many inspiring educators and amazing resources. I will definitely continue to use this twitter to stay connected when I become a teacher. I have learned a lot through twitter and have read many great posts and articles through others’ tweets.

My three favorite/most influential tweets are…

#3     This article breaks my heart and warms it at the same time. Elephants have been my favorite animal since I was a little girl. I checked riding an elephant off my bucket list last August when I took an elephant safari ride in Zambia. Checking out the elephants in the wild was one of my favorite parts of being in Africa. Overall though, I want to instill a sense of love and appreciation for our world and its animals in my students. I hope that by sharing articles like this with my students, I will inspire them to take care of our earth and animals and make a positive difference in the world.

 

#2     I love this because I love to laugh. Life is so much better and so much more fun with laughter. I definitely want my future classroom to be full of life, excitement, and laughter.Life and learning does not need to be so serious. This article is a great reminder of why we need laughter in our classrooms and what a positive affect it has on learning.

 

 

And my #1 most influential tweet:

Oh, this letter makes my heart so happy! This letter means so much to me after working in a primary school and orphanage in Zambia. Students’ futures lie heavily on their grade 12 exam results (if they can even make it to grade 12). I wish I had encourage my students and the high school orphans in this way while I was there. But, it’s never too late! The grade 12 orphans take their exams in October. I think I’m going to mail a similar letter over to them. This is by far my favorite and most influential tweet! 🙂

 

Getting Connected

About 3 years ago, I made a personal Twitter account. I enjoy using it to keep up with my friends and stay in the know with some pop culture. A couple of weeks ago, I made my first professional Twitter. I’m using this Twitter to network and make connections with other educators. My professional Twitter has exposed me to so many useful resources that otherwise, I would have not found. One educational Twitter account called “Graphite” shares information about awesome digital learning products. Graphite’s tweets kept catching my eye so I finally went to their website, graphite.org. Graphite is a free resource from Common Sense Media. The website rates and reviews many apps, websites, consol and PC games. For each rating, they provide a description of what the game or program is like, if it’s good for learning, and how teachers can use it. They rate in three categories: engagement, pedagogy, and support. Then, teachers can also put their own rating in. Pros, cons, and a “bottom line” about the app/game are also provided. In addition, the rating also provides the exact common core standards that the app or game supports. The information they provide is so helpful in determining which apps, games, or websites to use with your students!  The video above is from the homepage of the Graphite website.

I’m so glad I was connected to Graphite through Twitter because their recommendations and reviews will be so helpful for me when I actually begin teaching! I saved the website on my Diigo so that I’ll remember to look at in the fall when I’m student teaching.

I’m so glad that my professional Twitter has already been useful.  I can’t wait to see what else I get connected with!