From Hack #8: The Book Nook, we are switching gears from paper to digital and we'll find ourselves, once again, discussing ways to implement technology into our classrooms. However, it wouldn't be a 'hack' if it didn't have a spin to what we typically discuss regarding social media in the classroom.
To be honest, I had different expectations for what this Hack had in store for us. Before diving in, I was already preparing to learn about how the use of social media by teachers would help increase teacher knowledge, share common ideas, lessons, struggles, encouragements, etc. This is something I am strongly passionate about in my practice, and I couldn't wait to take in more ideas and enhance my PLN.
This Hack quickly proved my thinking wrong as I began to realize The Glass Classroom was not solely for the teacher's benefit, but for the benefit of others involved in the teacher's circle. Barnes and Gonzales write Hack #9 with an intention for educators to make their walls transparent and allow colleagues, administrators, and even parents to be virtually present in each moment in the classroom. Barnes and Gonzales go on to explain that they've come to realize that real, live experiences that happen in the classroom tend to float away as soon as they're over.
Problem: What happens in class stays in class.
The Hack: Build a transparent classroom with social media.
The goal of The Glass Classroom is to upload and showcase content and student engagement that will benefit those who cannot be physically present in the classroom.
For example, when introducing a new unit, teaching a mini-lesson of a new concept or even introducing a new app, have a student video record you for a few short minutes. Similar to Hack #7: The In-Class Flip, important content will be readily available for those following your social media platforms; however, students, parents, colleagues, etc. will be able to access your video content from just about anywhere. This use of social media is greatly beneficial for:
Take a look at the following mobile apps that educators can begin using to knock down those walls. Once you create your social media channels, share them! Our educators and students do amazing things within those four walls, let's extend our classrooms beyond the concrete.
Let's create a digital community for our classrooms and continue to hack education. I know I'm ready to give my social media use a little 'shake up' to knock down my classroom walls.
What other mobile apps do YOU use in your classroom for these same benefits? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
And, don't forget to follow #D100BloggerPD on Twitter to read the other #HackLearning posts from educators in BSD100. Be sure to be on the look out for our LAST hack in Hacking Education. Here's a recap and quick link to Hack's #1-9:
Introduction: A Hacker's Approach, Kristin Richey
Hack #1: Meet Me in the Cloud, Marilyn McManus
Hack #2: Pineapple Charts, Leah O'Donnell
Hack #3: Teacher Quiet Zones, Ginny Burdett
Hack #4: Track Records, Annie Cantafio
Hack #5: Student Teach Gurus, Angela Gonzales
Hack #6: Marigold Committees, Colleen Noffsinger
Hack #7: The In-Class Flip, Theresa Carrillo
Hack #8: The Book Nook, Michelle Brezek
Hack #9: The Glass Classroom, Kayla Kaczmarek
Hack #10: The 360 Spreadsheet - COMING SOON on 4/6!
For more insight and collaboration from Miss Kaczmarek's Classroom, follow me on IG and Twitter @MissKsClassroom and begin connecting and expanding your PLN.
Until next time, blogger friends! xx