Twitter and Ning

Yes, I’m learning a new language and becoming an (on-line) alien in my own home! I have finally discovered a social network of middle-years science teachers on Twitter and Ning. Until now, a lot of what I have been reading has been on the borderlines of my interest and not directly relevant to my classroom practise. Now I have found other teachers who share my interests and goals. One great project I heard about on Classroom 2.0, is a Unit 2 Outdoor and Environment Studies blog, where each of the students is using Utterli to record and post their findings and reflections using mobile phones, while camping and bushwalking in the Grampians National Park. Awesome!

Another great project I have come accross was created by Anne Baird, from Wedderburn P12 College, a Intel master trainer, who collaborated with a teacher in Andale, Kansas, U.S. on an environmental learning unit (” It’s not Easy being Green”). Students in both countries watched the video “An Inconvenient Truth” as a stimulus, and used a wiki to share their ideas and compare their ecological footprints.

I’ve also discovered an on-line text “Science for All Americans” with interesting chapters about Effective Learning and Teaching. Now I need to learn the art of focussing on the task and not getting distracted by possibilities and opportunnities in other directions.

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