OK, so as normal, I’m over-excited about a new find! I was lucky enough to attend Pelecon at the University of Plymouth last week and I saw Leigh Graves Wolf @gravesie talk. She was using some fab live twitter feedback PowerPoint slides. You can find it all here: http://www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools/
I have been using it in my French lessons in place of mini-whiteboards to get live feedback on how well the learners are picking up the Grammar points in KS4 lessons. Normally I am loath to say that technology is a replacement for something as I believe it is more about opening up new possibilities but with this it is possible to save the progress of the learners to review with them. Mini-whiteboards just get rubbed off.
As I led the learning in the lesson I encouraged the learners to tweet using a hashtag. Using the powerPoint from SAP meant that I could view all the hashtags on one screen in real time. The result was electric! The learners were incredibly keen to see their name in lights, and were keen to know when they could do it again.
I used ipads in the lesson but some students used their own devices too. Here is a short video of it in action, kindly filmed by Ben and Kelly, two of our IT technicians. The video mentions ipads a lot but I think the really exciting bit is that it uses ipads, twitter and PowerPoint all together.
This technology obviously lends itself to accumulating ideas too. Jude Hollyman, the Headteacher’s PA at our school has a lot of involvement in our events at the school and we are currently looking at improving our already very successful year 6 information evenings. She suggested that we asked the learners to tell us what makes the school great. We used itwitterPoint for it and she was able to sit at her computer and follow the hashtag. She felt enthused and excited to be able to link to the students in this way.
The possibilities for this are endless. I think it’s really exciting, give it a go!