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There’s Another Side to Twitter?

I am not new to Twitter, I have been using it for a few years. However, the way I was using it before, was nowhere near how I am using it for this class. I was on a completely different end of twitter, the Twitter with funny memes and all types of jokes. For this class, I made a new Twitter so that I could experience a different side of it. I did not realize how helpful the educational side of Twitter was. I just thought Twitter was a funny app that I go to in order to get a few laughs. I have started following other people in the ECMP 355 class who share many interesting ideas and resources.

I was also introduced to the new idea of the TweetDeck. I had never heard of this before and found it really interesting. I had no idea that you could even do that on Twitter. Through the TweetDeck, we joined in on the Saskedchat. I knew that people communicated in this type of way through Twitter, but I had no idea that there could be so many people participating all at once. I thought that this was a really great idea to get people involved in discussing different ideas in education.

I think that Twitter in the classroom could be very beneficial and a great way to get students engaged. If you had older students in the classroom, it would be a good idea to have your own version of the Saskedchat during class as a way to get the whole class participating and sharing their ideas. It could also be helpful to have a classroom Twitter page as a way to keep parents updated with what is happening in the classroom.

What is this Feedly you speak of?

I got a Feedly account to see what it was all about. I just simply typed into the search bar “education” to see what would come up. I noticed that there was a TED Education page, so I subscribed to that. I also subscribed to Edutopia RSS and Education: NPR. As shown in my screenshot posted below, there are many good posts that I can learn from. Many of the ideas talked about in the posts we have discussed in past education classes, so I am able to understand most of it. There are many good ideas that are in the posts. Ideas that I could potentially bring into my future classrooms, as well as things to think about with my future students.

I didn’t even know that Feedly or anything else like it existed. I think that this app will actually be quite helpful for ideas and for things to think about. I will certainly be finding more Blogs to subscribe to and will definitely be sending more time on this app!

Introductory Blog!

Hi, I’m Darian Kaszas (picture of me). I am going into my third year of university in the Elementary Education at the University of Regina. I have not had many lessons on technology as I have grown up with it, so this class, along with many other classes are teaching me a lot. I looked at technology in a negative way as it is taking away many other things that are to offer. However, since technology is only advancing, we as teachers need to learn to deal with it. These technology lessons have taught me a lot about how we can bring it into the classroom and also teach our students how to use it in safe ways. I think that my view on technology is becoming more positive after all of the lessons I have had in this class already and other classes.

I have recently been introduced to the blogging world. I think that it is really great in a way that we can go and see what everyone else has to say. Especially in all of our Education classes, blogging is a great way to be able to share our ideas and experiences with others. In the future, I could see myself blogging with my students in order to show parents what we are doing in the class.

With this ECMP class, we are now using Twitter, so my Twitter profile is here! We are using Twitter to show the progress that we have made in this class, as well as some of the ideas that come to me during this semester!

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