Posts tagged ‘social_media’

June 12, 2011

Habits

The groups in the virtual campus I’m using at school are environments to interact with students. For every update, you can get an email notification provided you’ve configured that in your account.
Some of my students claimed they were never notified. I tried several things without being able to work out what was going on.
I eventually asked them:

Do you check your emails?
No. Never. Occasionally, they answered.
How do you communicate?

Young people in Argentina still use MS messenger, not useful for my purpose. But they also use Facebook.
I remembered iftt. It just didn’t make much sense the first time I tried it. Now it does.

It’s quite interesting to see to what extent new practices trigger new tech developments.

Campus

Same post in Spanish.

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March 30, 2010

Needs and tools

Background: 4th class with a group of 7 students. Last year of secondary school. Intermediate level (on the papers; in real life, pre-intermediate/high elementary). Use Spanish to communicate in class, claim they cannot speak English.

Situation: Students complain (in Spanish) that the following class will coexist with a Boca-River football match. They don’t want to attend, but they have an institutional exam.

They know I’m on Twitter. I tweet and read aloud as I write.

“We’re intelligent,” one of my students says. In English.

I tweet:

They start to have a conversation in English for the first time ever.

I don’t mean to say that you can use twitter to change your students’ attitude. This is not one of the thousand ways you can use twitter in education. What I do want to say is, keep it simple. Digital tools should help you meet your class needs. Just as a piece of chalk does. Just as the tone of your voice does.

(This post was inspired on reality + #3 and #6 here.)

En español.