Twitter is a microblogging service that allows people to share information with short posts (140 character maximum). In the classroom, Twitter can be used as a tool for summarizing, sharing information about what is going on in the classroom, or posting announcements. Students can write tweets to summarize what they have learned during a lesson or to take notes. After each section of a video or reading, students could write a tweet to show their understanding of the material. Here is a quick, basic Twitter template I created for students to write their tweets (.pdf file).
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GeoGreeting finds satelitte images of buildings and objects around the world that look like letters. Users can type messages or just a single word. It is a great visual for students to see their words in a different way. The completed word or message can then be shared with others using a link.
Spin and Spell is an interactive, animated spelling game for children ages 4-8. Users choose words from one of the seven categories- in and around the home, what we wear, what we eat, how we get there, and the animal kingdom. Then, users click on a picture to hear the word. They then use their mouse to click on the letters to spell the word. Users can also click on the "Pick a word for me" button to hear a random word on the page.
PlanetQuest Historic Timeline. This interactive, multimedia timline begins in 500 BC and traces the search for extrasolar planets from philosophical beliefs to modern discoveries. The timeline can be autoplayed or users can explore on their own. Users can also browse through the timeline using three different categories - technology, discoveries, and thought/ culture.
Aug 24, 2010
What if historical figures had Facebook? What would George Washington post after he became president? Who would comment or "like" his post?
Students could create faux Facebook pages for historical figures with comments and "likes" from relevant people during that time. They could also make faux profile pages, event pages, or groups to show their understanding of different people, events, or organizations in the past.