What started last year as an experiment, has now blossomed into a two classroom collaboration expanding conversation literally through the wall.
Yesterday, I sent the following email to my students:
Here’s what we will be doing:
First you will read and annotate the article – write down anything that really makes you think or question.
Next, decide whether or not you agree with the article and WHY- give specific reasons.
Return to the specifics of the article whenever possible.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #pfwjps – this will be our class hashtag always.
Please have an appropriate, class twitter account made by class tomorrow.”
See you then… bring a device (anything internet enabled).” (end email)
Today when they returned to class it was time to make the magic happen. Most of them haven’t done this in class before, some haven’t even chatted on Twitter before, so it took a little longer to get everyone settled in. I anticipate a much smoother transition next week.
Twitter Chat Fridays are now a thing in our publication finance classes. It’s a way to get all the students talking to each other about what’s going on. Right now we are planning the curriculum together which was the rationale behind the article chosen. In the future, the students will be selecting articles and leading the discussions themselves.
The students were very engaged today even with some of technology snafus and related challenges. They eagerly discussed the article and participated fully.
They shared insightful comments like, “If our school would have this program, I feel like most of the people would be more engaged to learn