The course which is organized by COURSERA has just started and it provides us with more information about the WEB 2.0.
I must confess that I am eager to learn more because students need to be engaged while they are learning and teachers should try to be good facilitators and follow their interests!!
This week I had to think about one of the many web 2.0 tools which can be used for getting in touch with students, families and also when working with classes. ( MODULE ABOUT TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATION)
I had to analalyze a lot of interesting tools but some seemed to be too " difficult to use"; the topic was how to communicate and I thought that my TWITTER account could help me to be connected with my students and to provide them with help in a fast way. I must admit that I use Twitter to be in touch with people who work in ELT and for some webminars which I am following on line. In some way it is good for self-development and professional development on line.
Also the MOOCS that I am doing have a TWITTER account and I usually check their tweets.
I was right when I thought about this idea of Twitter and when I saw last week's conference on line with young and good students who presented their activities while using twitter, I told myself that working with students needs changes also in Italy: please follow this link
All the webminars were run by students and I was able to follow an interesting presentation
by students who clearly said that SOCIAL NETWORKS like TWITTER can help classroom activities.
I have uploaded my video presentation for COURSERA this week and I would like to know which other tools can be used by students and teachers. For sure you may mention Face Book and also GOOGLE.
Twitter is nice and good because you need one account, an e-mail and a password and then you can tweet or follow hashtags(#). A good teacher needs to know that Twitter can be followed by most of his/her students since they just need a computer or a smart phone.