Twitter takes hold in my physics class

Twitter takes hold in my physics class

Summary: I haven't gotten the kids to begin tweeting each other for homework help yet (they still universally prefer to go over the tougher problems together in class), but Twitter is actually starting to pay some dividends for collaborative projects.For example, we're going to be launching model rockets to study force, gas laws, resonance (check out the really cool video of fin flutter embedded above), and aerodynamics.

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I haven't gotten the kids to begin tweeting each other for homework help yet (they still universally prefer to go over the tougher problems together in class), but Twitter is actually starting to pay some dividends for collaborative projects.

For example, we're going to be launching model rockets to study force, gas laws, resonance (check out the really cool video of fin flutter embedded above), and aerodynamics. We spent some time in the computer lab researching fuel types, fin designs, and deciding whether we would make our own or use kits. Most of the students were already following me, so they clicked around and began following each other. In doing so, there was obviously a bit of side conversation, but most started posting links, thoughts, and ideas.

We're launching next week - we'll be tweeting the whole thing. This would be a disaster with the informal geometry class I described yesterday, but I do believe that my sharper students are starting to embrace the actual utility that social media might be able to provide. Obviously, there are settings where this has potential; I'll stick with the whiteboard for homework.

Topics: Banking, CXO, Social Enterprise

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  • Good luck and good will with this!

    In the meantime, will be working with the kids on a new
    curriculum heard about as we were driving back to DC over a
    bridge that crosses the historic James River last Sunday @
    4:30p ET. Better to be safe than sorry as they say....
    dascha1
  • Two thumbs up!! Ever tried Lunarr?

    I love the idea of using social networking utilities for purposes like this.
    I myself am a university student, in a program where every year, my classmates and I have a gigantic design project to complete and present in groups, generally of four or five. It goes over great when we're all working together in the same room, but it can be really hard to collaborate properly when we're all scattered across campus or available to work at different times. We've started using a program called Lunarr, which works extremely well. The idea is that it turns computer documents into paper with a "back side". The "front side" is where the final polished document goes, and the "back side" contains random notes, emails to and from other group members, and all the previous versions of the front side (with the ability to revert to a previous version, if you want). It's a great application, but I believe it's still in the beta stages, so whether you can get membership for a whole class is debatable... anyways, you might want to keep your eye on it :)
    Caggles
  • RE: Twitter takes hold in my physics class

    Model rockets rock! You may be interested in the show called Master Blasters on Discovery Science.
    Loverock Davidson