The first tweet I came across was one that talks about how to leave room for innovation and creativity in the classroom. I think this is incredibly important to other educators because more and more schools are cutting out the classes that promote students’ creativity such as art, band, etc., and I firmly believe that’s not the right thing to do. But since I have no control over the classes that my future school will provide, I can at least promote as much creativity in my own class as possible, and other educators can do the same. The article mentions certain tips that us as educators can do in order to make our classes and projects more innovative and problem-based. It also has a neat video of a google hangout between educators discussing how creativity is exemplified in their respective classrooms.
Should teachers be using social media in the classroom? This topic seems to be creating a lot of conversation recently. I think most educators have come to agreement that technology should be used in classrooms because it is vital for today’s generation to use technology in the classroom, but there’s still that grey zone of whether or not that includes social media in the classroom. This article is great for teachers who are on the fence about using social media in the classroom. It provides a list of 12 ways to use it safely and successfully in the classroom, along with information about social media myths and relevance. A lot of teachers nowadays are concerned that if they bring social media into their classroom, their students will spend the whole class period facebooking and tweeting. One of my favorite things the article says is, “don’t mistake social media for socializing–they’re different.” I feel that is something that every educator should be aware of, that just because you’re using social media means you’re going to lose your students attention and focus. If done correctly, social media can be incredibly effective and useful in the classroom.
I’m really excited about this last tweet I found. It features a presentation with 70 different apps that will help educators teach to the Common Core Standards. I received an iPad as a gift to use in my future classroom, but every time I try to look for educational apps, I get sooo overwhelmed. This article makes the process a lot simpler and explains the apps much better. It’s obviously important for teachers to be teaching according to the Common Core Standards, and we’ve established that technology is required to adequately teach today’s students, so what better way to teach the standards than with technology! The article provides a selection of apps that are best for fluency, division, fractions, graphing, etc. And to make it even better, all the apps are free!