Using Twitter as a Reflective Learning Tool in Primary Classrooms

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Using Twitter as a Reflective Learning Tool in Primary Classrooms. Karyn Paterson kpaterson@qf.org.qa. Workshop Outline. What is Twitter? Best Practice Reflection Twitter in Lower Primary https://twitter.com/#!/QAKaryn The "How to" of Twitter Practical - Setting this up for your class - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Using Twitter as a Reflective Learning Tool in Primary ClassroomsKaryn Patersonkpaterson@qf.org.qa

  • Workshop OutlineWhat is Twitter?

    Best Practice Reflection

    Twitter in Lower Primaryhttps://twitter.com/#!/QAKaryn

    The "How to" of Twitter

    Practical - Setting this up for your class

    Questions

  • Statements on the Internet1 sentence People can read what has been written. Write in Arabic

  • IB Learner ProfileReflective

    They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

    Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education. p. 4

  • Reflection & FeedbackEffective Feedback specifies attainment and constructs the way forward with the child. The child's articulation of their learning is crucial.Evaluative: reward or praiseDescriptive: attainment and improvementTunstall and Gipps (1996)

  • Grade 4I am learning to read with speed and accuracy

    I know I can do this when:I can read 93 out of 100 words correctlyI can read 69 words every minute

  • And now

  • Grade 2I am learning to write a recount

    I know I can do this when:I can plan my writing using a 4-squareI can write 3 sentences with supporting details

  • And now

  • Twitter in Lower PrimaryCommunication tool

    Children sharing learning with teacher writing.

    Children writing own comments.http://learningsupport.qataracademy.wikispaces.net/home

  • CLICK HERE

  • How Twitter Works

  • And some more links ...

    Ten ways to use Twitter in your class

    35 Different ways to use Twitter

    How to start tweeting and why you might want to

  • twitter.com

    twitter widget

  • Using Twitter as a Reflective Learning Tool in Primary ClassroomsKaryn Patersonkpaterson@qf.org.qa

    Good morningMy Name is Karyn Paterson I am a teacher at Qatar Academy, working in Learning Support in the primary school

    If you would like a copy of this presentation I would be happy to forward this to you when I return to school.Please write your name and email on the piece of paper coming around the room.

    This morning I am going to talk about I use Twitter as a way of getting the students to reflect on their learning.

    NEXT SLIDE

    ** In this workshop, I plan to talk about

    What Twitter is?

    Why reflection is an important part of Best Practice

    How I use Twitter as a teacher this year (and last)

    Perhaps set up Twitter accounts for those of you who wish to do so

    Time for Questions

    GO TO NEXT SLIDE AND PLAY MOVIE

    Just a quick indication who currently uses Twitter?

    What is Twitter?

    As you can see in the video the gentleman is sitting in New York and someone tweeted that there was an Earthquake in Washington. He got the message before the Earthquake arrived in New York. And he got the message on his Smart Phone.This is what Twitter is all about

    PRESS SPACE BAR

    Twitter is an online tool on the internet that allows you to get short messages out there really fast.PRESS SPACE BARPRESS SPACE BARAnd you can communicate in many different languages.

    Twitter was the ideal tool to use for Lower Elementary Students as statements are short, can be easily communicated with parents and there is immediate feedback.

    Lets have a quick look at my Twitter Page link on Arabic statement

    NEXT SLIDE**Why is Reflection and more importantly Feedback, considered to be an integral part of Best Practice?

    John Hattie Professor of Education (Auckland)Undertook a meta-analysis of 100s of articles in education to find out what really makes a difference to student achievement. He ranked REFLECTIVE Feedback as one of the top 10 influences on SA and learning.PRESS SPACE BARTunstall and Gipps (1996) identified two distinctive forms of feedback PRESS SPACE BAREffective feedback must include articulation of learning which reinforces their next learning steps.Increases student achievement by 23%Instructional goals narrow what students focus onSetting objectives provides students with a direction for their learning. When written in the form of a question, the brain makes easier connections to store in memory.Research shows that feedback generally produces positive results. It should be corrective in nature with respect to the specific levels expected, timely, and specific..Evaluative eg thats a good essay; youve done well - Most feedback is evaluativeDescriptive feedback is task oriented eg thats a good essay because you have remember the main points. Now which points could you expand on furtherFeedback should be specific and involve the learnerFeedback should be corrective in nature.The best feedback shows students what is accurate and what is not.Asking students to keep working on a task until they succeed appears to enhance student achievement.Feedback should be timely.The larger the delay in giving feedback, the less improvement one will see.Feedback should be specific to a criterion, telling students where they stand relative to a specific target of knowledge or skill.PRESS SPACE BAROne way of I have found of giving this feedback is using Twitter. NEXT SLIDE

    So what does this look like?

    Clear Learning Goals in kidspeak understood by the child.

    PRESS SPACE BAR

    SHOW TWEET BY MARIETTAShe knows what she needs to work on and next time she can come and practice this.

    EXPLICIT TEACHING WILL HELP HER TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALSSELF-REFLECTION WILL HELP HER TO FORMULATE HER NEXT LEARNING STEPS.

    Recorded M reading for analysis discuss and set next step.*So what does this look like at Grade 2?

    Clear Learning Goals in kid speak understood by the child.

    PRESS SPACE BAR

    SHOW TWEET BY MohammadHe knows what he is going to be working on. However, he needs to be encouraged to reflect further on what he is learning to do (that is the process) and not the product.And that is my role as a teacher to help him engage in more meta-cognitive thinking.

    SELF-REFLECTION WILL HELP HIM TO FORMULATE NEXT LEARNING STEPS.

    NEXT SLIDE

    **

    LAST YEAR

    PRESS SPACE BAR

    primarily used as a communication tool LINKED to the WIKI

    *Share this guide book. A couple of years old but still has all the basics.

    Not going to go through all of this. Scroll down to show all on the page.

    PRESS SPACE BAR

    GO TO NEXT SLIDE

    Share What is Twitter Video.Discuss:how it works.how to apply the idea of short messages to education.

    Other points to make:FollowingFollowers#hashtags

    Use my school account to show how these work:Other classesConferences #qasunyPD #edchat

    *

    So now lets look at setting this up.

    OPEN NEW SAFARI WEB AND MAKE A NEW ACCOUNTSOME MORE LINKS FOR YOU

    ANY QUESTIONS? **Setting up account.

    Have the got access to email?Do they have a wiki or the like?

    Show widget for putting on wiki / site etc.

    You do not need an account to find tweets, but you do need one if you want to write tweets.

    Good morningMy Name is Karyn Paterson I am a teacher at Qatar Academy, working in Learning Support in the primary school

    If you would like a copy of this presentation I would be happy to forward this to you when I return to school.Please write your name and email on the piece of paper coming around the room.

    This morning I am going to talk about I use Twitter as a way of getting the students to reflect on their learning.

    NEXT SLIDE

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