Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
@mashable: Times Square Evacuation As Seen by Twitter Users [PICS] - http://bit.ly/96FmYW
Much like the car bomb scare that took place last Saturday night, Twitter users in the area are quick to the scene, snapping some surreal photos of one of America’s most trafficked landmarks completely empty.
Since it’s in the middle of the work day, many of the photos come from high up offices, painting an even clearer picture of what an abandoned Times Square looks like.
If you want instant updates for just about anything going on in the world, Twitter is the place to go. These 6 images give you an immediate visual about the massive undertaking and the eery sight of an evacuated Times Square. 16 months ago, one of the most popular tweets of all time was an immediate image of passengers being rescued on January 15, 2009 from US Airways flight 1549 that crashed into the Hudson River in New York City. This is another example of how Twitter can be used to provide immediate news and information updates. Finally, just this week, Twitter provided me with access to immediate information about why my Google Calendar crashed and about my beloved Chicago Cubs recalling their number 1 prospect Starlin Castro.
Is it any wonder that newspapers all over the world are stopping publication and advertising sales on TV and printed media are plummeting. The 10:00 news and the morning newspaper are what we used to consider current events. Today, it is Twitter and the real-time web that gives us instant events.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
@mashable: 10 Awesome Webcam Feeds From Around the World - http://bit.ly/bFQDbW
- There are great opportunities for polling a variety of people. Twtpoll is my favorite polling website. We have used this polling tool to learn about probability, percents, ratios, and fractions.
- Twitter and geography can be integrated very easily. I enjoy replying to people's request on twitter such as, "I am giving a presentation on twitter. Please say hi to the staff and let us know where you are from." We have sent out tweets similar to this in our classes and have received so many replies that we can not keep up on reading them as they come in. It is fun, and interesting, to see where all of the people are replying from.
- Sharing resources is a great benefit of Twitter. We have benefitted from great resources that people have sent out and we also try to share great ideas or lessons that we have to offer.
- Probably my favorite way that Twitter makes the world a smaller place is the connections I have made with other educators. More specifically, as an educator at a Lutheran school, I have been thankful for the connections that I have made with educators from other Lutheran schools who are currently on Twitter. It is truly amazing the conversations that can take place in less than 140 characters.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
RT @jswiatek: The archive is available for today's (5/4 1800CET, 12 PM EDT) at http://bit.ly/9HKFD4 #teachertuesday
- #edchat is a good professional development opportunity. Twitter in general is great for professional development. However, the weekly #edchat discussions have given me an opportunity to set aside a specific time each week to learn from fellow educators on Twitter. I am thankful that I have most of the #edchat hour free to participate.
- #edchat is going to stretch your mind. I appreciate the opportunity that I have to think, consider, question, and form opinions regarding current issues in education.
- #edchat will help you to become a quicker thinker. I am impressed with the number of people who participate in #edchat, which in turn keeps the conversation moving very quickly. You are going to have to read, and think, very quickly to keep up with the conversation.
- Although the main #edchat discussion occurs on Tuesday, the conversation continues throughout the week. It is common to see tweets with the #edchat hashtag for hours and days after the scheduled #edchat times, which is an indication of the power of the #edchat conversations.
Monday, May 3, 2010
RT @ozge: Is the iPad Fit for School? - http://ht.ly/1FK2n #ipad /via @ianw91
In another session, New Jersey principal Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal) explained how he uses Twitter to get the word out about the great activities taking place at New Milford High School. Since he started tweeting in February, 2009, some 14 news stories have been written about his school use of the Twitter as an educational tool by both students and teachers.
zionbobcats Teacher Appreciation Day is tomorrow! How can you show appreciation for your teacher?zionbobcats Nickels for Nails: Zion students will be collecting nickels, dimes, and quarters for Habitat for Humanity on Thu-Fri http://bit.ly/ahiiaw