Twitter in the classroom

This week Kelsey, Danielle, and I collaborated together to present the pros and cons of using Twitter within the classroom. Throughout this post, we will have a conversation with a teacher, parent, and principal. The teacher strongly believes in the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom to further students learning and digital identity. While the parent is concerned about the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom for privacy and cyber bullying reasons. You can check out the conversation between the teacher, principal, and parent on this google document.

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We found many websites that helped argue as to why Twitter should be used in the classroom. There are many websites that you can give concerned parents, here are a few that we found:

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We have also found various websites that will help students, parents and teachers with ways to prevent Cyber bullying. We researched cyber bullying and found many resources that can be useful.

Cyberbullying is becoming a more prominent aspect within schools that can cause immense pain and stress on students. The advancement of technology and social media has led to a rise in online bullying.  Cyberbullying is important to understand because many teachers never know when their students are being bullied. The danger of cyberbullying lies in the underlying factor that many parents and teachers never know about it. One of the major bullying factors that we are familiar with in schools is Ask.fmAsk.fm took cyber bullying to a whole new level because it allowed people to bully each other without knowing who it was. It enabled students to bully their peers by anonymously posting disturbing and harmful things on their peer’s accounts. This type of cyberbullying is something that needs to be acknowledged by teachers and is something that needs to be better addressed. We have done some research in regards to cyberbullying and have found several online resources that will help students, parents, and teachers in being able to further prevent cyber bullying from happening in schools or in their personal lives.

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How Twitter is positively used in the classroom:

While certain aspects of Twitter are labelled as “bad” or “harmful” Twitter also provides a wide range of positive elements as well. Twitter offers a wide range of information in order to support multiple types of research in education. It is a useful tool to find information from multiple sources. There are hundreds of thousands of people on twitter and many of these individuals are from educational sectors. Twitter is diverse as it offers different perspectives on issues coming from people from diverse occupations and backgrounds. Twitter is worldwide, therefore these perspectives come from a very large audience. If someone is having an argument or rant on twitter they have to narrow their opinion down in under 280 characters. This means that Twitter gets right to the point due to the limited characters you are able to post. Furthermore, people on twitter are either linking articles to read or posting their opinion. You don’t have to read through a lengthy opinion of someone before getting to the point of their post so it is therefore labelled, instant. Twitter is also considered to be easy access for many individuals who are seeking educational resources, advice, or ideas for their classrooms. There are many different types of educational articles that can be found by following different educational profiles. These profiles can be current or upcoming teachers, professors, supervisors, principles or others. Individuals are able to gain a wide range of information and guidance off of Twitter that can be used in their lives or in their classrooms.

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During last week’s class, we talked a lot about cyberbullying and the ways in which it harms students. With the rise in social media, there has subsequently also been an increase in cyberbullying. Online bullying is something that needs to be properly addressed and we must learn ways to help prevent it from happening. We were able to gain a lot of valuable information that we implemented into our discussion post for this week. One of the elements that we talked a lot about as a group was how we as teachers can help prevent cyberbullying from happening. We thought it was a good idea to incorporate the resources that we were able to find online. These resources are something that will help future and current educators. We believe that with the help of these resources it will help prevent cyberbullying from happening in classrooms. Being able to learn and become more knowledgeable about ways to prevent it from happening is one of the steps that will help both students and teachers. Kelsey, Laura, and I  were all interested in learning more about cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is something that is happening in schools and something that all of us need to be aware of. We hope you enjoyed our post!

 

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