Wow, I don’t think my zoology class could have gone any better today. Last class period I prepared a shared google presentation and gave students the link to edit the slides. Each student was assigned a different slide to add information about fish and their different characteristics. The requirements were simple, give a basic definition/description of the topic/organism, include pics and a video. – Presentation – bit.ly/tayfish
When class started today, students were ready to live tweet the presentation, using #tayverts, as the final product was shared and lectured to the class. Sadly, I did most of the sharing, but a few students got up and taught us about their slide. -Next time it will be mostly students talking- When we got to the sharks part of the presentation I happened to be walking around the room and saw a tweet from @WhySharksMatter in one of the tweetdeck columns on my students computer. She then invited @WhySharksMatter to join the conversation on #taybio. He did! He asked the students if they had any shark questions. A couple of the students responded with their questions and received answers as well. – by the way @WhySharksMatter has helped us 2 or 3 times with #scistuchat a monthly twitter chat between scientists and high school students. More info at https://sites.google.com/site/scistuchat/
It was awesome! This would not have been possible without the benefits and connection power of twitter.
MY STUDENTS WERE TALKING TO A SHARK SCIENTISTS IN CLASS WHILE WE LEARNED ABOUT SHARKS. And we didn’t have to make any arrangements beforehand. Now it doesn’t always work out this well, but is sure was great!!
On top of it all the students said they wanted to do this type of presentation assignment again! Yahoo!