The ability to connect on Twitter has become one of the biggest blessings in my life. I have connected with some of the best minds, but in reality, I have made my strongest relationships through the medium as well. It is not just about what I have learned, but it is often about the enjoyment I have in learning with others. If you look at my Twitter feed at any point, it can range from goofy conversations about Applebees, discussing opportunities in the classroom or leadership, sharing music, or sharing videos of dogs to make people smile. The balance for me is important.
When we plan for students, we too often focus solely on the “learning”? If a kid enjoys texting and connecting with friends, and actually becomes more literate, why can’t that be a powerful opportunity for kids?
Sometimes we get so focused on the “stuff” that we forget the “joy” (as Dean Shareski would say) that can happen during informal learning.
How much do you remember from your grade 2 science exam?
I promise you that if learning can be “fun” and have some choice, more people will love to do it. I love the learning that happens in social media but I know that I keep coming back for the connections and happiness it brings me.
Fun can be a great thing for learning. Let’s not forget that while we are trying to get through a curriculum at the end of the year. The “stuff” will fade from a kid’s memory, but that connection to their heart won’t.