This might be the most unhelpful of all of the posts so far on the NWMU blog, in as much as I am not about to post answers to questions that start, “How do you do ‘xyz’ on the Mac”, nor am I going to give you an amazing new insight into, “Here’s what I found I could do today with the Mac that I could never do before”, but rather I am going to pose a bunch of questions that I (honestly) don’t know the answers to, but would love some input.
I am a BIG Twitter fan. I have three separate Twitter accounts that deal with different aspects of my life, and I have been tweeting for few years with close to 3500 tweets to my name(s). So this is NOT a post about any new discoveries with the Mac that I have had for a few weeks, but a post about something that I have found useful and interesting over time and NOT a sudden knee-jerk reaction to the new technology at my fingertips. As such, skeptics should be encouraged and unfazed!
My Twitter account relevant to chemistry, Westminster and education (but mainly chemistry) is @adchempages.
In 2011-12 I am going to use Twitter with my Honors Chemistry class. OK, fine, so what? Well, that’s where YOU come in.
I have a whole bunch of ideas some of which are listed here, but also have some very serious concerns. There are going to have to be some ground rules, and I would like to brainstorm with you, dear reader, about what those rules might be. I can certainly see a whole array of pitfalls and problems, and I would like you to unearth some more. Equally, I can see some positives and I would like you to give me more confidence by telling me all the ones I am missing.
So far I have the following open-ended comments and ideas (this is just me thinking out loud), and would like you to do one of two things; either add to the list, OR (perhaps more helpfully), comment on the ideas below so I can ‘flesh them out’.
1. There must a meaningful consequence for any abuse of the freedoms given. How will that work?
2. There must be a ‘standard’ that is established for the quality of input from tweets that is as high in the virtual world as it is in the non-virtual realm. What are those standards?
3. Which of the “50 Ways” do you think may work? Can you think of more?
4. Can I assess the twitter input from the kids and incorporate it into a grade? Is that a reasonable expectation?
5. Will this make more work for me? It better had not, otherwise I’m unlikely to do it.
6. Can you convince me this is meaningful? Will it engage the students more and perhaps more importantly, do Westminster kids NEED to be engaged more?
7. Will CHEMISTRY learning be enhanced? How?
8. Am I fixing something that’s ‘not broke’?
9. Tweeting during class? After class? Both?
10. What are the technology barriers that I will have to overcome?