|Evolution of the cell phone|
other with it.
As a conscious decision, I stayed as far from Twitter as possible. I had gotten on the Facebook bandwagon early on, but decided to put my foot down on all the rest. Then, when I started this fellowship, I was
As much as it hurts me to admit this, I'm glad I was thrust into the newest realms of social media. And here's why:
- Facebook - Humans of New York (HONY) if you have not yet started following this page, do it today! This young man began a project to document the faces and stories of his fellow New Yorkers, but has since been invited by the UN to complete a 50 day world tour to take photos of people all over the globe and document the stories of all people. His photos and interviews are endearing, thought-provoking, saddening, and inspiring. Photos have come in from Sudan, Vietnam, Ukraine and many other countries. Imagine having your students study a certain country and then using the interviews from this page to learn more about how they live. Maybe start a dialogue with the owner of this page. Have students read over some of the comments (there are thousands for each) and start a discussion on perceptions of Americans.
- To Follow:
- US Department of Education (@usedgov)
- Huff Post Education (@HuffPostEdu)
- Fulbright (@FulbrightPrgrm, @FulbrightSchlrs)
- TeachUNICEF (@TeachUNICEF)
- TeachAgPSU (@TeachAgPSU)
- Global Teacher Edu (@GTEorg)
- World Food Programme (@WFP)
- World Food Prize (WorldFoodPrize)
- Nicole Weaver (@TeamWeaverFever) :)
- To Utilize
- Create a class and/or FFA Twitter page to allow your students and members to follow the latest happenings. It's a great way to connect with students outside of class and keep them updated on what you're doing. Got a test on Friday? Tweet it!
- Connect with other programs. As a class, follow the Twitter page of a school in some other state or even some other country! See if you can start an open dialogue. Who knows what amazing sharing can come from this!
- Current Events. Have your students search for current events in science, agriculture, and global issues. Great way to start class discussion
- TED Talks. The subjects are diverse and so are the presenters. I've found some great ones to share with my classes and, even better, I've had students come to me and ask if I'd seen a certain presentation. What a way to connect to the world, be inspired by new ideas, and encourage your students to become lifelong learners!