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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, 2015 was a big year for Twitter in education. So many new faces joined in and even more Twitter chats started up. But this was certainly the year of the SKETCHNOTE and my friend Sylvia Duckworth was queen of them. (Excited to be leading a panel with her and other star edusketchers at ISTE 2016)
I was shocked with my friend Richard Byrne came to my school and set up a Twitter account for his DOG. His DOG (who had no followers, mind you) had five lesson plans in five minutes on the Cold War using a hashtag for history teachers! (That is not ruff, that is pawesome! Pardon the puppy puns.
Here are the 15 top Tweets from 2015 that I tweeted from my account. I appreciate all of you who share with me on Twitter each day. Reaching 100,000 followers was really an incredible day! (Although I admit I don’t feel any different. Thanks to Steve Dembo @teach42 for telling me about Twitter!)
#15 – A personal rant about grading
Teachers who “give zeroes” and refuse to let confused kids make up work really get my ire up. The replies on this tweet are worth a read. Certainly, there are some excuses for not taking late work but not all the time. I’m here to TEACH not to GRADE. Lots of talk about grading and assessment this year.
Our job is to teach, not grade. There are some who get the two confused. I tend to be merciful and redo and reteach even if it is hard on me
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) March 3, 2015
#14 – PLN Sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth
The first of many sketchnotes from Sylvia Duckworth on the top tweet list!
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) June 29, 2015
#13 Justin Tarte is an AWESOME tweeter and Ian Jukes is a great one to quote!
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) June 28, 2015
#12 – 7 Things Every Educator Needs to Know About Online Learning
This interview on Every Classroom Matters with e-learning professional Jade Ballek trended for several weeks. Sylvia Duckworth’s sketchnote made it easy to understand. Thanks Lesley University for sponsoring this program!
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) August 28, 2015
#11 – Staples Back to School
I was excited to be a Staples Brand Ambassador for Back to School 2015. I led a Twitter chat that trended in the US for back to school. It was a lot of fun to join Staples and other bloggers in this program.
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) July 29, 2015
#10- Plagiarism Infographic
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) May 17, 2015
#9 – Google Classroom Was Big in 2015!
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) July 16, 2015
#8 – SAMR Sketchnote from Sylvia Duckworth
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) August 1, 2015
#7 – John Carver Tweeted this from ISTE
I couldn’t go to ISTE 2015 this year, but am headed to moderate three panels at ISTE 2016:
- Mindsets and Classroom Management for Making and Inventing in Every Classroom – June 29 10:15 am with David Jakes, Erin Klein, Karen Lirenman, Angela Maiers, and Sylvia Martinez
- Sketchnoting in Education: The Best Practices, Benefits and How-To’s of Sketchnoting – June 29 at 8:30 am with Carrie Baughcum, Sylvia Duckworth, Judi Holst, Carol Ann McGuire, Marie-Andree Ouimet, and Kathy Schrock.
- Best Practices in Blended Learning Classrooms: Pedagogies, Skills and Tools for Teaching – June 27 8:30 am with JOnathan Bergmann, Mike Gwaltney, Aaron Sams, Stephanie Sanifer, and Thomas Arnett from the Cristensen Institute.
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) June 27, 2015
#6 A Growth Mindset Chart
Sketchnotes were big this year!
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) July 4, 2015
#5 – Plenary Review Grid by Amjad Ali
This excellent graphic by @ASTsupportAAli made the rounds. (As I shared in the post, it took a while for me to find out that he was the source.)
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) November 7, 2015
#4 – My Favorite Cloud Tools!
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) February 10, 2015
#3 – Kid President and his #kpawesome girls Program
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) September 23, 2015
#2 – Interview with Brad Montague, creator of Kid President
The story behind Kid President is cool. This episode and tweet had lots of listens and clicks by educators and Kid President fans.
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) October 20, 2015
#1 6 Epic Educational Truths by Alec Couros (with sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth)
The top tweet of this year featured a sketchnote and Every Classroom Matters episode with Alec Couros. This episode was sponsored by VIF Learning Center. The show and tweets got better and better this year. (All the feedback I get from educators helps me be a better podcast host, blogger, and classroom teacher and for that I’m so grateful!)
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) November 23, 2015
Thank you for taking your valuable time to join me here and on Twitter. I commit to you that I’ll work even harder to save you lots of time. The coolest thing about these top tweets is that they are top because so many of you shared and reshared. More than ever, social media is like a vote and what you favorite and like and reshare is IMPORTANT. We make the media for education, so make it good and helpful and noble.
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