Warning: Here we go again:

Well folks, it’s that time of year again.  My students are starting their twitter accounts and will soon be blogging about their ISU topics.  I’m hoping more of my followers on Twitter will follow them this year.  Last year, more followers unfollowed me than chose to followed my students.  Granted, one might argue that I was producing a lot of noise by forwarding so many of their tweets and links to their posts; however, I was still surprised.

Most of my followers are educators and have proclaimed interests in student digital learning.  I rarely retweet about “the 5 things you need to do for digital learning” or “how to improve student writing through blogging,” or the like.  Instead, once a year, I provide an example of how my students are doing actually doing it; example rather then theory.

So this is a warning, I’m going to get noisy really soon.  I will be tweeting about them and to them quite a bit in about a week.

  • Unfollow me if you wish,
  • ignore me if you can,
  • or show how committed you are to student learning and help show the value of networks and digital media by following 1 or 2 of my students and responding to them from time to time.

Last year, @HeidiSiwak and @mbcampbell360 did an amazing job and really helped turn a school assignment into an authentic experience.  I’m hoping others will join in more actively as well.

There’s a lot of theory out there and a lot of technophiles who talk about “cognitive surplus” and the value of voluntary networks.  I didn’t really see too much last year—as I said, I was surprised.

In a week I will begin posting on twitter my student accounts and blog addresses; I will also post them here.  Please follow 1 or 2 and perhaps respond from time-to-time

Thanks

Patrick

 

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