Thursday, February 21, 2013
Twitter and Me
I was not in class on Tuesday, the 19th, so I did not get to use twitter in class. But in my own personal use as far as exploring it and seeing other people tweet, I find it to be not too hard to use. In the beginning I thought it was hard to figure out because I had never used twitter before, but I'm finding it is not that difficult and actually very useful. I like how I am following teachers from around the states and seeing what is current in education these days. Nothing has been problematic and I am finding it a bit easier to use now than it was when I first started using it. I can honestly say that finding the time to get on twitter is very difficult as my homework load is very heavy right now and I work all day three days a week and am always busy on the weekends. When I do have the time to get on I am always intrigued by what I find from the teachers that I follow. As I come closer to graduating and becoming a teacher I realize how important it is that I stay current with the times and use technology to my advantage and to my students advantage. I found a website on how teachers can actually teach using twitter. I think it is geared more towards middle and high school students, but it seems to be more on their level as far as getting them interested in what they are learning. It always gives the students an opportunity to get to know their classmates, which I think is a wonderful opportunity especially for the older students who tend to judge each other without even knowing each other. I found another website for teachers who might be a little skepitcal about using twitter with their students that explains the benefits of using twitter for teaching. The more I learn and read about how twitter can help in the classroom the less I am against using twitter or any social media in the classroom. In conclusion, I have learned myself that twitter is not such an awful tool like I thought it was and I am growing to like it and appreciate it. I'm not saying it is good for all students, but for the older students in middle school and high school I can see how using twitter can be beneficial to the students and teachers.