As expected, there were some hiccups with the new format today. I think most everyone caught on by the end. Here are a few reflections that I think may help next week go better.
- Let me clarify how the list system works. If you are a member of a list, EVERYTHING you tweet will show up in that list. You don't need to do anything special to make it show up, other than making sure you have subscribed (see the video on how to do that here). That's why occasionally you saw a tweet that was off-topic. Those were from people who are subscribed to the list but weren't participating at the time. Again, I hate that we could not continue with the hashtags, but this really does protect our kids from seeing tweets from outsiders. If you are still having difficulty, please email me and I will try to walk you through and troubleshoot.
- At this time, it seems that our students are not experienced enough to be answering completely on their own. I was in a classroom today in which the students were assigned questions to answer in groups. The questions were already written out and ready for them to tweet. That worked really well. Another teacher worked with a small group while the rest of the class did another assignment. With all students tweeting individually, answers got bumped down very quickly and several students made comments that were unrelated or inappropriate. I think we will get there with the proper training, I just don't think we are there yet.
- I realize that you have lots of things you have to accomplish in your day, and therefore we will be reducing our number of questions so that we can try to finish up in around 30 minutes. Next week we will only have 4-5 questions.
- Please remind your students to stay on topic and to initiate conversations with other students by responding appropriately, favoriting, and retweeting.