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We are excited to announce the return of a popular PD opportunity for Iowa educators who are interested in learning more about how to use Twitter as part of a personal learning network, (PLN). Here is some information on what you need to know about this class. Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested.
This online class explores how teachers and administrators can use Twitter to connect, share and network with other educators from around the world. With Twitter you can find great resources, keep up with educational trends, collaborate on global projects, and get the inspiration you need for your classroom. Twitter is free and available for all devices. It's also easy to learn, so sign up today and discover what it can do for you! No experience required.
The class begins with some Twitter basics and discusses the idea of a PLN and how it can add value to your knowledge, growth and experience as an educator. You'll make Twitter lists, master TweetDeck, and find ways to curate and share the resources you find on Twitter. Participants will also be asked to take part in a Twitter chat and to reflect on why many educators find this to be an indispensable part of their online interactions with other educators.
The face-to-face orientation session is 4:30-5:30pm on March 29, 2017. Participants will receive an overview of the class on that night, as well as instructions on how to access course materials and submit assignments. There will also be time for questions. The remainder of the class will be delivered in an online format with learning modules that are hosted in Canvas. Participants do not need to be available, or online, at the dates listed on the GWAEA PD website due to the asynchronous nature of this course. Online modules and assignments will have due dates, but participants can work on the content at times of their choosing.
Twitter for Educators: Connect, Share, Grow! can be taken as a 1-credit hour class for license renewal in the state of Iowa. If you are interested in gaining renewal credit, please select this option when you register, or contact the Professional Development team at Grant Wood AEA for more information. If you have questions about the content of this class, please email Jonathan Wylie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education has started to shift from a teacher-centered environment to a student one. And with this change, we have started to search for tools that allow our students to create and collaborate in a more powerful way. No matter how uncomfortable it might be for us, the educators, it is time to embrace the future. It is time we allowed our students to explore, to build, and to demonstrate their abilities.
When I first learned about CoSpaces, the first thing I did was hand it to my 7-year-old and said, “Play with this and let me know what you think.” He instantly fell in love. It was user-friendly. It was exciting. It was open-ended, much like his beloved Minecraft. But CoSpaces isn’t just for littles. Because it is so open-ended, students of all ages can create a project as unique as they are!
If you are looking for ways to use this in your classroom, you can check out CoSpaces Exercises area or Gallery on their homepage or join the CoSpaces Classroom Facebook group.
CoSpaces is free and is available online, on iTunes and on Google Play. Students are able to create online and on Apple Devices. At this time, Google Play app is only for virtual reality viewing.
Check out one of my favorite projects!
Create an account!
Give it a try! Create a project!
Try out the the tools!
Navigating in your world online can take some getting used to (especially for adults). To help get you where you're going, use the arrows, the spacebar, AND the touchpad.
After you have added an object, personalize it!
Want to add your own images?
As always, use Web Image search with caution!
Give Coding a try! Activate your Pro Account!
Don't forget to share your creation!
Students are able to share their creation through QR codes or links. These worlds can be accessed online as a 360 image or an all immersive virtual reality experience using the CoSpaces app (iTunes or Google Play) and virtual reality headset. Also, new to CoSpaces is the ability to export your 360 image!
The first step is to give it a try! Don't be afraid to let your students teach you and to learn together! Good luck!
CoSpaces is developed by Delightex GmbH. See https://cospaces.io/
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