Tonight I participated in a chat on twitter by following the “tag” #educhat. For those of you with twitter accounts, you could search for #educhat to get an idea of how the chat went. I am realizing more and more that Twitter is a powerful connecting tool. I was able to participate in discussions during this “forum” that I would likely not have with other colleagues very often. Yet, did I really learn anything new? Not really. I suppose there is always value in thinking more about a subject – the more time spent thinking about a particular topic, the more prepared you are for inspiration, right?
After tonight’s chat I have even had some ideas for incorporating twitter in my classroom next year. If students had the chance to learn twitter and become familiar with it, I could organize #krusescience chats that students could participate in from home. I imagine having students meet online at a certain time of night while making observations of the moon/stars. The nice thing is that students could use their cell phones (which they are on constantly) to update their tweets. So internet access is not a requirement. This all goes back to trying to encourage students to spend more mental time on the topics I’m trying to teach them which should lead to increased learning.
Of course, this does need to be better thought through, but I wanted to get some ideas down.