New Twitter, ETC11 Thoughts, etc

Some additions since my last post:
  1. I have fallen into the trap of Twitter, and I must admit, I love it.  You can follow me @bennettscience.
  2. I'm at the EARCOS Teacher's conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia this week and I just finished a Mastery Learningpresentation for the first time outside of YISS...great response.
  3. New ideas on tracking student progress using QR codes (thanks, Jeff Utecht for the seminar) that would allow me to go mostly paperless tracking students (scroll down).
I presented Mastery Learning and the Reverse Classroom at EARCOS and I had a great response from the international educators that came.  Lots of good thoughts and feedback and I'm looking forward to networking with interested people.  Always feel free to e mail me with thoughts or questions.  Another great site is the Teacher Vodcasting Network NING site (think private Facebook). Because of the response I've gotten, I'm going to be adding a new tab on this blog that will serve as a repository of resources I've put together.  I'm all over the place right now and I'd like to organize the presentations, videos, thoughts, etc, into one, easily accessible page, so I'll update this again when that is done. In the meantime, here are some links in case you lost yours:
  1. Mastery Learning Part 1/3 (YouTube)
  2. Mastery Learning presentation slideshow (PDF format)
  3. My website
  4. Bennett Chemistry YouTube Channel
The other big thought I've had today has to do with QR Codes.  If you don't know what a QR code is, think about it when you're walking around if there is print advertising present.  They are little black and white boxes (see left) being added to print media that can be scanned with any smart phone and provides instant digital information about the ad or even about where you are in the city.  These are huge in Seoul right now and they're spreading across the world. Anyways, Jeff Utecht, from International School Bangkok, led a session on producing custom QR codes to be used in the classroom.  The simplicity is amazing and the potential it can have.  The first thought I had with QR codes is checking off student objectives in a given unit.  If I post codes for each objective, I can check with them and then they can scan the custom code and send me a tweet or even an e mail so I have a digital copy of their work. I'm going to try to work this in my next unit and see if the addition helps or if its something that needs to be implemented at the beginning of the year.  You can follow my thoughts on Twitter (@bennettscience) as I begin to work this out. Cheers!

9 thoughts on “New Twitter, ETC11 Thoughts, etc

  1. sleaders says:

    This sounds amazing. I am a novice and felt I was doing great by using Google docs in my classroom. There is so much more to learn!

    • It starts with small steps. I began by only doing supplements to units and posting them to a wiki I had running. As I learned more about screencasting and classroom reversal, it began to show up more and more in my lessons and eventually it turned into the method I’m using now.

  2. Jeff Utecht says:

    Fantastic session today! As I said on Twitter….THE best teacher session I’ve gone to in a long time. Probably because you’re doing everything I’ve been perching..and you’re doing it right. Love your energy, love your approach and can’t wait to network with you more tomorrow at the Tweet Meet. We’ll bat around this QR Code idea of yours and come up something good!

  3. Jessica says:

    Thanks Brian, this is awesome!

  4. […] My last post talked a little about QR codes in the class and how I’m planning on using them with my next unit.  But I’m not satisfied with that alone.  As the technology increases and as the web works its way into our lives, we have to embrace the changes to continue to mold dynamic, creative, and adaptive students. […]

  5. Tab W says:

    WOW! I caught this over on Jeff Utecht’s blog The Thinking Stick and I am in awe! I have been using project based learning in my class for a while and struggle with how to keep track of everyone’s progress when they are all at different stages of everything. I love your clipboard idea and will be implementing it on our next project. I would love to hear more about how you started this process and it progressed from one stage to the next. I also wonder what your thoughts are on implementing this with younger kids (Middle school and Elementary).

    • I’m glad you found your way over here and I’m glad you found things helpful.I don’t know if you watched my YouTube (this is part 1/3) video or not, but my presentation talks about how I used the clipboard. I’m hoping the QR codes will get rid of some of the paperwork that can get lost in the hustle of the class.

  6. Tab W says:

    I watched the whole thing in amazement-that’s where I saw your clipboard idea. I was wondering how you are going to start intergrating the QR codes to get rid of the paperwork. I constantly have all of my digital devises on me so being able to scan something with my phone to where it keeps track of these things for me would be an added bonus. I know how to create the custome QR codes, but I don’t know how scanning them could keep track of the students progress for me, that is something I am going to have to explore, please let me know if you find anything yourself.

    • There is a QR code website that will make a code that sends a tweet or an e mail instead of opening a web page. So, it would work for kids if they had Twitter accounts or e mail addresses they could log in to. We start school again tomorrow (we’ve been on spring break) and I’m going to pilot it with one of my classes. I’ll be blogging about it, so you can just keep reading as I post what I find out from trying it out.

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