Sunday, November 30, 2014

Anti-Homework

Photo credit: Daniel Go license
When I was an impressionable newbie teacher, a world language educator I highly respect told me that students needed daily homework in order to facilitate language acquisition. For years, I would assign homework out of workbooks (fill in the blank, choose the right word, matching, multiple choice, crosswords, word searches, ad infinitum) because I truly believed that those assignments helped students learn the language.

Can you guess where this is going?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Master Twitter in 5 Steps

Photo credit: Karola Riegler

Is this you? 
You’ve joined Twitter. You’re following a few people. Your profile picture may or may not be an egg. You’ve even tweeted a couple of times. But you’re wondering what all the fuss is about. 
Or maybe this is you? You’ve joined Twitter and you’ve found tons of interesting people and ideas. But there is just way too much information. You can’t keep track of the stuff you want to know more about.
If either of these scenarios sounded familiar, you’ve probably begun the process of building your PLN (see this post I wrote back in September), but you want guidance about how to make it extraordinary, transformative and--most importantly--personalized for you and your needs. Here’s how to master Twitter in five steps.