What is a backchannel you ask?
A backchannel is a conversation that takes place alongside an activity or event. In most cases, this happens using a digital or mobile device. There are many different ways you can backchannel. You could use Twitter, Today’s Meet, or Google Moderator just to name a few. Having a backchannel is a great way to open up a conversation to all students in class and expand on any discussion.
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Primary teacher Kathy Cassidy shares a year’s worth of ideas from her connected classroom about how to keep global learning activities in sync with curriculum goals and objectives.
We live in a time of informational overload. One example: As a relatively new user of Twitter with tweet totals numbering in the hundreds, I am overwhelmed by tweet figures that dwarf mine, with figures in the tens and hundreds of thousands. Educators, entrepreneurs and many others are tweeting tens of times daily and have been doing so for years, often sharing information every few minutes, if not seconds. Other social media outlets experience similar activity, though at a reduced scale. There is simply no time or impetus to think privately when we feel this enormous pressure to be “out there” and relevant at all times.
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“My superior is a gamer.” Sister Helena Burns said, laughing. “You know you’re a media nun when your superior is a gamer.”
You might not expect nuns to be experts on Twitter, Facebook, and multi-player video games, but Burns defies all expectations. With 13,790 Twitter followers and counting, the Daughter of St. Paul calls herself a “media nun”: A woman religious with a calling to communicate the word of Christ, in any way she can.
And yes, there is a gamer-superior in her convent.
“She has this souped-up computer,” Burns continued. “She gets her own little ministry out there. Once people get to know she’s a nun, they have questions, or they ask for prayers. But you do have to clean up your language when Sister Irene’s out there.”
I imagine Sister Irene sitting in front of a sleek desktop with neon LED backlights, wearing her bright yellow Grado headphones and concentrating intensely on a multi-player RPG. It’s a funny image—there’s such a symbolic disconnect between the stereotypical idea of a nun and a basement-dwelling teenager who loves World of Warcraft. That’s what’s so fascinating about these sisters and their order: They defy stereotypes about who participates in Internet culture, and how.
So how does a nun use social media?
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New research shows that Twitter use can damage users’ romantic relationships.
Russell Clayton, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri School, found that active Twitter users are far more likely to experience Twitter–related conflict with their romantic partners.
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Some of Twitter’s more confusing Internet jargon—hashtags, @ replies, and manual retweets—no doubt add to the initial confusion. But in the future, the service may do away some of its more perplexing and insular language.
There goes the neighborhood.
Thanks to Twitter, the hashtag has become an important linguistic shortcut. But while everyone from Robin Thicke to Beyoncé has used the symbol as part of their art, only a few have truly taken advantage of its culture-jamming possibilities.
“Twitter is the best and Twitter is the worst.”
This was the response Dr. Marion Underwood, clinical psychologist and University of Texas at Dallas psychology professor, received from one of her 15-year-old daughter’s friends when she asked what the girl thought of the social networking juggernaut.
“I can’t get off of it,” the girl elaborated. “I can’t stop getting on Twitter.”
If these sound like the words of an “addict,” it’s because they (at least kind of) are. Underwood was inspired to take her informal poll after watching the teen in question spend the entirety of her daughter’s birthday party glued to her phone, reading and sending tweets. What’s more, she says that social media can be highly addictive. Millennials are perpetually accused of self-centeredness, but it isn’t self-promotion, in and of itself, that they’re addicted to, Underwood says. It’s the positive reinforcement they receive from peers for doing it. For some teens, however, there’s a source of reinforcement even more addictive—and elusive—than their peers: their favorite celebrities.
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Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? We’ve taken a picture of it for you.
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Well what happens when you make a mistake in your school? Do you do everything to hide it or do you take ownership and move forward? There is a difference between making a mistake and being inappropriate and if it is a mistake, similar to the one that was made by JC Penney, taking ownership sometimes gives an educator more credibility than not making a mistake in the first place. Showing the humility that we can all screw up and learn from it, says a lot. Trying to cover up a mistake says something as well.
Currently, according to NCES data, in the U.S., teachers who identify as black or African-American, make up less than 7% of public-school teachers. In comparison, white teachers comprise approximately 83% of public-school educators. Of course, as a professor of pre-service and veteran educators, I am aware of the importance and usefulness of mentoring teachers, especially in their first three to five years in the field.
However, after the #BlackEdu chat, I have learned that racial/ethnic minority teachers may require a different type of mentorship compared to their white peers. It appears that black practitioners — teachers, school support personnel and administrators — are yearning for mentorship that not only focuses on best practices for curriculum delivery, but also with coping with issues of isolation, diversity and racism.