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Friday, November 16, 2012

Middle School Students on Social Media

This month has been a whirlwind of travel and learning for me! For the past three days, I've been presenting at the Leveraging Learning iPad Institute in Auburn, ME - home of one of the longest running and most successful 1:1 laptop pilots in the country. In addition to discovering new apps, pedagogy and amazing ideas to bring back to Chicago, I was incredibly inspired by 16 middle school students who were there live-tweeting their reactions to the institute (see hashtag #adv2014). Their insights into education were beyond humbling. This is their second year attending and tweeting about the event, and several of them had gone home last year and read Bea McGarvey's book Inevitable from cover to cover. For fun. And had fun doing it. Then they came back this year and debated education points with adult educators at the conference. Honestly... mind. blown.

Yesterday I convinced the amazing conference organizers to showcase these young voices as part of the dinnertime keynote. No surprise - they were a hit. Moreover, I had them do a Google Hangout with a social media expert friend of mine back in Chicago - Autumn Laidler. See that hangout here.

Today I thought we could continue to promote their ideas and voices by having them do some guest blogging here. So without further ado, the inspirational students of Auburn Middle School:

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Hello, my name is Donnie P, and my twitter account is @ams_donniep.  I am at the Leveraging Learning conference in Auburn, Maine.  I go to Auburn Middle School, and I am a student Twitter editor.  My job is to watch over the tweets that other kids have sent.  I correct them on a back channel we have going on at www.todaysmeet.com.  I tell them what to correct on their tweets, whether it’s a grammatical, or a spelling errors. I think that Twitter should be used in school because one time I was in Social Studies, and I “tweeted” about my class in Todays Meet.  When I was tweeting, I felt like I was absorbing information better.  I think all students should use Twitter, especially ones that have trouble listening.  It really helps for your listening skills I came to this conference last year as a tweeter, and I had a blast.  I had learned about Mass Customized Learning.  I had kind of just learned about it, but I really liked the idea.  I really didn’t have enough steam to do anything.  When I came to this conference, and listened to Bea McGarvey’s keynote.  Then I decided I just didn’t want to tweet about it, I want to do something about it.  I don’t just want to talk about the change, I want to be the change.
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Hi! My name is Faduma and I’m an eighth grader at Auburn Middle School here in Auburn, Maine. My Twitter handle is @ams_fadumam. I have had the awesome opportunity to be a Student Tweeter two times (yep, I’m a veteran) for the Leveraging Learning the iPad in Primary Grades Conference. I’m a “tweeter” and what I do is I tweet about what I feel is an important fact, an opinion or a quote. Some people think that is it a negative thing that we are limited to a 140 character tweet but I think that it helps you make a good tweet because you have to tweet only the important stuff. I think that one a couple of things that I have taken away from this mind - blowing opportunity is that I need to take responsibility and initiative of my own learning and not take my education for granted.
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Hi, my name is Owen Mower, and I’m an eighth grade student at Auburn Middle School. This conference has changed my views entirely on what the iPads do for the students using them. The technology focuses children, and enriches their learning. It has totally changed my mind from last year. I’ve been very lucky to be asked to get to come to this conference! Thank you for the fantastic presentations, and making the conference super enjoyable!
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Hi, I'm Alina M. and I'm an eighth grader at Auburn Middle School. I've always lived here, in Auburn, ME and I am proud that I get to represent my hometown at this conference. It's such an amazing opportunity to represent Maine's education. All 16 students, over many weeks, have trained to become amazing representatives to our school. We are the actual, living proof that Mass Customized Learning will work, not just facts and statistics. You hear all the time, at conferences, how adults view topics. I think it's amazing that we were chosen to present the students view on these topics, as well! It's such an amazing opportunity; one that I wish every student could share as well. I really hope that eventually, because we are leading the way, that is what it will come to! 
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Hi my name is Spencer H. I am an eighth grader at Auburn Middle School and the past 2 years I have had the opportunity to do something great. Basically I am a student tweeter and I go to sessions at the conference and I tweet about what is going on who is speaking questions opinions etc. My fist time here at the conference I went to my first session and my jaw dropped. I was in awe. After I got out of my first session I remember being like “Oh my god” it works and then I started thinking about how this whole time I was in more of a fixed mindset of “Kindergartners with iPad’s they are just going to break them within 5 days.” but after that session and over a year I have moved out of that fixed mindset and more into the growth mindset that iPads can work with Kindergarteners.
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Hello! My name is Jacob Willette and I am a tweeter at the Advantage 2014 iPad meetings. What my peers, and I did was we used the social network Twitter to tweet the subjects of the many conferences. Throughout the days I participated, Thursday and Friday, I feel I did very well and “Tweeted” to my full potential. I would like to thank Apple Inc. and MLTI for the funding for our tee-shirts, lunch, and hotel room. I would also like to thank Kelly McCarthy, Carol Miller, Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Mauri Dufour, and Jennifer Magiera for brilliant presentations.
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Hello, my name is Ryan.  I am an eighth grader at Auburn Middle School, I love hockey, and I am a student Tweeter.  This experience has been a blast and was way better than anything I could have imagined.  Being a Tweeter is a lot harder than it was cracked up to be. We all have to be synchronized with the Tweets, make sure they made sense, and listen to what the talkers have to say and get it down before you forget.  Yet even with all the stress we pulled it off, yet my fingers feel very sore and stiff.  With all that went on we had a blast, I think all of us will always remember the great days we had together, we really tried our hardest and hope you got the gist of what the different sessions.  We sure learned a whole lot.  Hope you enjoyed our tweets. 
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Hi! My name is Spencer Frahn and I am a seventh grader that goes to Auburn Middle School.  I thought my first experience was great here at the Twitter conference.  I thought listening to the iPad session and talking to people that had questions was the best.  I learned a lot about the iPads, I used to think they were pointless but now I realize I was wrong. I listened to Dr. Ruben, Kelly McCarthy, Carol Miller, but I also listened to the conversation between the Tweeters and people who had questions. My job was to Tweet the “bare bone” facts or to write my opinion that I had on something the speaker said.  My name on Twitter is @ams_spencerf.  I hope I can do this again next year.
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Hello, my name is Reece R I go to Auburn Middle school and am in seventh grade. I enjoyed tweeting at this conference at the Hilton Garden Inn and in the Auburn City Hall, learning about the iPads and iPods was very interesting. I feel that if every grade has iPads or laptops they can learn much more efficiently, faster, and better. Your presentation was very interesting, learning about your  feelings thoughts, opinions, and facts about iPads, iPods and many different apps.   Overall this was a very interesting program and I hope to do it next year.
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Hello! My name is Samantha H.! I am one of the Tweeters from Auburn Middle School! My partner, Sophie M, and I went to 4 sessions. The sessions we attended, were: So You’re Initiative Isn’t Going As Well As You’d Like... What Do You Do Next?, Auburn’s Customized Learning and The Role Of iPads, and then we were supposed to go to the Professional Development in a Maturing Initiative session, but no one showed, so we went to the session across the hall. Our teacher, Mr. B, asked us to take a break and enjoy the session. All of the sessions we went to were presented by: Mike Muir, Shelly Mogul, and Mauri Dufour. I believe Mike is a very bright, and smart, man. And, he definitely knows what he’s talking about. Shelly is very, very nice, and is very smart as well. Mauri is a kindergarten teacher at Sherwood Heights. All of the sessions we went to were very interesting. I learned a lot of things but, some words really stood out to me. I learned that to succeed, you need a plan, and steps to move forward. I loved working with the Student Tweeter project! I wish I would’ve done it last year! If I could I would do this again in a heartbeat.

3 comments:

  1. Have a helpful blog to read for us and sharing useful tips for students who loves to read online. help assignment. And keep continue to sharing helpful information for us.

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  2. This is absolutely fantastic. I attended one segment of the Conference and it was a great presentation by Mrs. Miller.

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