As a teacher, I think it is essential to be critical yet open-minded and considerate of others’ opinions. There will always be another person who will question a teacher’s work, classroom practices, ideas, etc. In order to be the most effective educator, it is important to understand both sides of any situation. As a way to test a potential scenario in which there is disagreement between teacher and parents, we played out what a conversation might look like if parents were concerned about technology use in the classroom. Specifically, we demonstrated a potential disagreement about Twitter in the classroom.
A teacher needs to be considerate of others’ opinions and concerns, accepting of different ideas, and willing to adapt to others’ concerns. In this situation, the teacher was able to explain the benefits of using Twitter in the classroom while acknowledging the parents’ concerns, misunderstandings, and questions.
Specifically related to Twitter in the classroom, there are some great resources for teachers as a way to understand benefits and positive aspects for learning.
- Global Digital Citizen Foundation has a list of ways to use Twitter in the classroom in a positive way.
- Teach HUB website has a page that lists 50 ways to use Twitter in the classroom.
- This video shows how great Twitter can be as a tool in the classroom: