Trading cards are a fantastic tech tech tool that you can use both as a professional and a student. I decided to make mine for my professional learning statement but you could easily bring this tool into the classroom and have students make their own for a variety of purposes. As a teacher, you could even make a class game where you could trade cards with others, or be able to use these cards for different purposes such as a bathroom pass. The website that I created my trading card on even has lessons that incorporate trading cards into them.
Trading Card Creator: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/trading-card-creator-30056.html
There has been varying opinions on the use of Twitter in the classroom. Even within our own Media and Digital Literacy 4000 classroom space there have been both hesitations and approvals towards the 140-character idea-spreading social media website. The top uncertainty seemed to be associated with privacy and ensuring the student's safety, especially for the younger grades. How do we keep the privacy of students, while still allowing them to globally connect to lifelong learners around the world? Through this blog post I will be exploring that concept as well as the potential that Twitter has within the classroom walls.
"Instead of walls, imagine your classroom filled with millions of experts in a variety of fields in any subject your students want to learn"
#3 - Daily Discovery
Teachers can assign each student a day where they can create a tweet on the class Twitter at the end of the day about what they learned. This is good for younger grades as the teacher controls the Twitter account but the students still feel a sense of ownership over it. It also works on summarizing skills and allows for reflection on their own learning.
#4 - Write Mini Reviews
After reading a book, watching a movie, or reading an article, teachers could have students write short reviews. This allows them creativity, consolidation, and consideration about what they have seen, heard, or read. Students can link their tweet, add pictures, or video. What a fun and interactive way to allow students for example, to keep a portfolio of books they have read, and provides a reference to remind them what it was about.
#5 - Communicate with Experts
Each month as a class, brainstorm something you want to learn more about. Find an expert in that subject or career on Twitter and reach out to them. This is a great resource for the classroom and allows students a different viewpoint rather than just the teacher's. It also takes pressure off of the teacher as they can't know EVERYTHING. Flattening the walls of your classroom can be as simple as connecting with experts in different fields and adding to their personal learning networks.
This week our discussion was based on the power of photography. I find great joy in photography because of two reasons. The first is it has a way of freezing memories in time. The people in these photographs may change, but the memory lasts forever. I find great joy in going through old photos and reminiscing on travel experiences, enjoyable times with family and friends, birthday celebrations, periods of growth, and so much more. The second reason is that it captures the beauty in various aspects of life. I love pointing my camera at the same thing, yet it ends up being so different. This is where my love of the sky originated from.
From an education perspective, there are many ways that students could use photography in the classroom. It is a way in which students can creatively capture their learning, provide a source of inspiration for reflection, and allow them to share their thinking visually. For teachers, allowing students to use photography can help them to learn about their students, to better understand their ideas, and is an opportunity to ask them critical questions. We Are Teachers, Scholastic, and Teach Thought have all provided excellent ideas on how to incorporate digital photography into the classroom. Additionally, our graduate assistant, Daniela, conducted a fun and creative activity that teachers could use with a classroom. We were able to use our devices or cameras provided by the school to capture photos in and around the campus that told a story and/or used visually appealing techniques (e.g. shadows, light, colour, emotion). Below are the photos I was able to document.
"You don't take a photo. You make it."