Archive for January, 2011

Twiducastic! Choosing to Chat!

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

By Lisa M. of http://oldschoolteach.wordpress.com/.

Ok, I made that word up. And yes, I am a big fan of Twiducate! I registered for Twiducate a while ago, but rarely used it. Lately though, I have been coming up with some cool ideas on how to implement it in my classroom. Today we watched the film, “My Friend Martin.” The students watch it every year around King’s birthday, bit it never fails to make an impact. I wanted to do something different, something to make sure my students could talk about what they had seen.Enter Twiducate Chat! I told my students when the movie was over, we would chat for 15 minutes about what took place in the movie. During the movie, I jotted down questions that I felt would promote critical thinking, I wanted to make sure the chat wasn’t a waste of time. Immediately, after the movie, all laptops opened, ALL my students, even my lowest, contributed to the chat conversation. Most of the comments the students made to each other were thought-provoking and allowed the conversation to continue. When I told them to stop, they begged for more time. Some of my students made a point of using Vocabulary words when writing their comments. The conversations move along quickly, so I printed the chat so that I could see exactly what was said, and who said it. Wonderful, wonderful activity! It’s a feature of Twiducate I plan to implement more often!

Guest blog post written by Lisa M. Find more at: http://oldschoolteach.wordpress.com/

New Twiducate Store! Help Keep Twiducate Free!

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

In order to keep twiducate free (and ad free!) we have created a twiducate store. Please support us by purchasing some merchandise (shirts, mugs, stickers etc.)

This will help keep the site ad free (and you will look uber-cool wearing our gear)!

Launch Store >>

twiducate store

New Chat Feature

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Well, its finally complete, with the exception of a few bugs.

Our new chat feature seems to work flawlessly on the latest browsers, but will struggle in IE6. Some schools still run IE6 so I’m sure we will get a few emails regarding issues.

The chat feature is now live and won’t flicker the page on a refresh. You can’t delete any messages and only the last 30 will remain. It has been coded to delete older messages automatically and they cannot be retrieved. It is my goal that this feature be used as a “support” medium for students who do not understand a twiducate assignment. We can assume generic chatting among many students, isn’t that why we use twiducate in the first place

Hopefully you see the value in this new “widget”.