May 24, 2014
by msnathan
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Hashtag Activism

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Now that we’ve started to explore Twitter in our class, we’ve been having some discussions around the use of hashtags. One thing we know that they can be used for is to raise awareness about important issues like during the Iranian election protests, #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #bringbackourgirls. Emma has written a great post about the #bringbackourgirls campaign, why don’t you head over and have a read?

Some people say that twitter, social media and hashtag activism isn’t real activism. What do you think?

May 15, 2014
by msnathan
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Social Learning: Edmodo

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We know that some of the best learning happens when we learn from each other. We do this in lots of ways already – teaching someone a new game, class discussions, watching a tutorial online, sharing resources and even chatting with friends. In Room 27 we are really good at ako (the teacher as the learner and the learner as the teacher) as I learn things from the students all the time and see them teaching and learning from each other, all the time.

To help us continue our learning outside worksheets and traditional class activities we are going to start using Edmodo, a social learning platform. In lots of ways it is like Facebook (you can connect with each other, share ideas, comment on each others updates) and it is totally safe and secure.

To sign up for Edmodo if you haven’t already, go to the site and click on ‘I am a student’. Enter the following code 8ksq5n and fill out the rest of the sign up form.

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Here is a screen grab with some of the important places for setting up your account. Try not to be jealous of my excellent online drawing skills 😉

Have fun and let me know how you find it in the comments or over the Room 27 Edmodo group!

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