I tried to attend the 7pm EST event, but had not yet been accepted to the blog. To others in ED526b, if you want to attend one of these events, try to join the group a few days before. I tried to join a few hours before this event, but had not yet gotten my email confirmation. Luckily (?) they archive the events so I went through the 12 noon meeting.
As for the noon event, it was a mind boggling amount of information to try and keep up with. Also, about 50% of it were the following three tweets:
1. Our topic today is Is 2 much emphasis placed on low and high achieving students? Are we neglecting students in the middle? #edchat
2. For the next hour my tweets will be devoted to #edchat!
3. I’m searching for #edchat live on TweetGrid Search – http://tweetgrid.com/search?q=%23edchat
After sifting through those, the following tweets pretty much summed things up:
1. It’s easy to forget that when we teach to a particular niche that usually those techniques are good for ALL learners.
2. The question should be “am I giving each student what they need?” Sure low students will require more time, because they need more #edchat
3. We cannot overlook any of the students that we teach. DI should be employed
4. In the UK ‘hidden children’ have been identified as tose ‘in the middle’ who are often overlooked as they pose no ‘problems’ 4 tchrs
I still think on “contraversial” topics like this, people like to take one side or the other when in reality the answer is that you have to do both. Do we need to teach exercises OR problem solving? Wrong question. Do we need to teach exercises AND problem solving? Yes.
As for this technology, I have to investigate more. Although I was not joined, I went back and I think found the 7pm meeting in progress. I couldn’t post, but I could watch. Let me say this to be effective: you need to be a speed reader that can multitask! There are so many comments that they quickly scroll past and many people respond with web links (so you need to have other windows open that you are paying attention to.
Excuse me now, I need to go take an aspirin.