Blending Twitter, Wikis and Webquests in aCollaborative (and Competitive) Classroom
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I am an education consultantspecialising in technology-enhanced teaching and
learning. Over the last fteen years I have workedclosely with hundreds of schools, colleges and universities in the roll-out of eportfoliossystems, curriculum mapping tools, audit frameworks and web 2.0 teaching tools. Moreinformation about my work can be found at www.danobrien.net.
This is my account of what happened when I took fty “budding entrepreneurs”, gave them with atwitter-like tool and asked them to ‘tweet’ their way through a series of online tasks. I’ll explain howI kept learners focused using a specially created Wiki with videos, photos, downloads and linksto relevant websites. I’ll describe the way learners responded when they were given short, onlinetasks in the form of mini-webquests with visible countdown timers (and how their responses weremoderated of course!). I’ll discuss how the session was controlled in real-time using an interactivewhiteboard and how the evidence of learning was captured and shared with others. I’ll also explainhow I overcame the many safeguarding and security issues involved in using twitter in the classroomas well as the techniques used to make sure learners were able to use devices such as iPods,iPhones and mobile phones to record and submit photo, video and audio evidence of learning.
Class or subject area: Cross-curricular (off time-table) event, focusing on enterprise skills andemployabilityGrade level(s):
Specifc learning objectives:
Improve learner’s enterprise* and employability skills
• Enable learners to develop and apply existing ICT skills• Encourage learners to use phones, iPods, tablets and pda devices to capture evidence of learning• Allow learners to collaborate and compete in activities which are “fun” and “fast-paced”.• Provide learners with ‘exportable’ evidence they can use to further their education/career