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Twitter has turned out to be a GREAT resource for teaching! Who’d of thought? One tweet I came across linked me to Matt Gomez’ (a kindergarten teacher) blog post about using Google Doc in his classroom. But how could Google Doc be realistic for a kindergarten class? What if there aren’t many computers in the classroom? Mr. Gomez found a fun and interactive way to get his students involved with Google Docs.

Mr. Gomez, who teaches in Texas, used Google Docs as a way to connect with another kindergarten class in Montana. The two classes play 20 questions by typing back and forth to each other on a Google Word Doc. Playing 20 questions may not seem all that educational for these kindergarteners, but how Mr. Gomez used it to broaden his students’ minds about other places in the world.

Each kindergarten class pick an animal or plant that was native to their own state, but that they other may not know much about or have never seen before. In this way they were broadening their mind about other places in the country and becoming familiar with their habitats. Students also had to work together and think critically in order to discover what the animal or object was before their 20 questions were up.

The activity was short and simple, but I think it was a great use of technology in the classroom. Mr. Gomez taught the kids many lessons through a simple activity. First, they became familiar with Google Docs which they will now be able to use in the future with their assignments and learning for other classes. Second, students had to learn to work together to discover the answer. Third, students had to use critical thinking and learn how to ask good questions in order to make their way to the answer. And fourth, they gained more global awareness.

If you ask me this simple game taught Mr.Gomez’ kindergartener many lessons that will help them later on with their continued education.

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Blog 4: Social Learning with Twitter

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@Tgordon554

In the past I’ve used twitter for personal use, but had never thought of it as a useful teaching resource. I prefer the layout of twitter. With ease I can read through various posts that give a brief description of the attached article or idea without having to leave the main page. If I do find something that catches my interest I can open it up right away or retweet it to help me find it with greater ease later.

Because twitter can be open through its app on the Iphone I can read articles or watch videos anytime. When I have those few minutes of down time I didn’t expect to have I can pull out my phone and read about something new. I also have the ability to share what I’ve read with my followers by retweeting or give feedback to others by tweeting at them or sending a direct message.

I find the shortness of a tweet very helpful. While other may think that you can’t get enough across in 140 characters, I think that it makes the author of the tweet become more creative and direct with the message they are trying to share. Theres no room for fluffy. Because of this I know what the meat of the topic is and don’t end up wasting my time trying to figure out what a blog, article, or other post is about just to realize it something I already know about or am not interested in.

 

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