So now I have spent some time exploring a few things: how to use this site, other blogs (based on my one comment – thanks for reading), twitter, and delicious. I am somewhat intrigued, but mostly overwhelmed. As an educator, I have always known that learning is not linear. I have struggled with the age-old question of how to create linear, organized learning despite all the unknown variables. Exploring social networking has allowed me to see not only how learning is not linear, but also how it could possibly work in an educational setting. This has mostly created a lot of confusion for me. So my question is, are students able to navigate through this confusion to learn something meaningful or do they just get overwhelmed as well and just scratch the surface of the learning possibilities?
I have implemented some specific resources in my classroom. We are presently doing an inquiry-based project in my grade 8 science class. We are studying different aspects of the phenomenon of the feet that have been showing up off the coast of BC. My students have created delicious accounts and are using them both for research and to share their findings with other members of the class.
However, I am still unsure of how to implement blogs and twitter into this type of inquiry. Any suggestions?