For Task 1 I have chosen to look at the Terms of Service for Twitter. To begin with I found it a reasonably comfortable read (No, I did not read it all). Basically Twitter is telling me that I am responsible for my actions. “You should only provide Content that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms.” Then surprisingly a ‘Tip’ appeared in a blue box with a yellow title: “What you say on Twitter may be viewed all around the world instantly. You are what you Tweet!” I scrolled down further to find more Tips – they are so easy to read and set out clearly. I like the idea.
Closing an account: Twitter states that “You may use your account settings to unsubscribe from notifications from Twitter. You may also unsubscribe by following the instructions contained within the notification or the instructions on our website.”
By scrolling down to point 10 I finally found the information titled Ending These Terms. I am able to end my agreement with Twitter at any time for any reason by deactiviating my accounts and discontinuing my use of the Services. So I would need to go to Account Settings and click on Deactivate my account then follow further instructions. Twitter states that it only retains my user data for 30 days from date of deactivation, after which it is permanently deleted and it is easy to reactivate the account within the 30 day period if I change my mind. Overall the process appears to be straightforward.
Backing up or exporting your data: I was looking for information about this and came across the heading “Downloading your Twitter archive”. I’m not sure but am assuming this lets you see all your activity and from there perhaps you can save it???
do you think you’d be happy recommending that other people sign up for the service? Yes overall I think it has its terms and conditions set out clearly. People need to remember that what they post is there for all to see. I wouldn’t and haven’t shared anything compromising. I think it helps that it is in my nature to be cautious. My concern is for people, mostly teenagers/students – I wonder if they being trained/educated to be aware of the consequences?
I browsed through the list of free web tools and selected Edcanvas because I thought I would like exploring a different way of planning.
- Edcanvas requires a login – I provided my name and an email address which I use to login each time. There is space for one to enter a few words about oneself, their school’s name, phone number, subject’s taught and grade but they are not *required fields – phew!
- an account can be deleted – the instructions to do so are simple to follow, however canceling your account will delete all your canvases and classes. I don’t think I’d be too happy about losing lessons I’d spent, possibly, hours creating.
- I could you use this tool to plan and put together a unit of work – big or small. Or use it to present a lesson. And it could definitely be useful to someone else in my school because they could also use it for planning.
- Tasks that students could complete using the tool would be to use given websites to gain information. Or to present their own understanding of a topic. The great thing is that the teacher could provide relevant sites so students don’t have to waste time searching the web if that is not the focus of the lesson.
- How could it change the tasks students are already doing? Where does it fit in the SAMR model of assessment? Creating a canvas using Edcanvas could fit into any of part of the SAMR framework. The task I created while exploring the tool probably fits mostly into the Substitiution and Augmentation levels – Substitution because the information is there to be read but this could have been done using books and Augmentation because students can complete the task/play the quiz game more efficiently.
I HAD FUN trying to create something useful with the tool. I looked at ‘bush food’ which was part of last term’s Inquiry unit and found some useful videos not previously discovered! I hurriedly put together the slides and would not call this canvas finished – not by a long shot! However I have played around with it enough to be annoyed by the ads that come up around sites -see slide 2: dictionary meaning. The slide is too messy and cluttered and could be a distraction to young children. I tried to clip it to Evernote to remove the ads but couldn’t insert it onto a canvas from Evernote. You can insert documents that you have in your Dropbox account. I’m not confident with Dropbox at the moment and didn’t spend the extra time exploring whether or not I could move the file from Evernote to Dropbox. I did send my concern to Edcanvas and am waiting for a reply.
If I enjoyed using Edcanvas I’m sure students would too. I also like the idea of using Edcanvas as a place to collate the group or class’ work, ready for viewing.
It was quite easy to share what I’ve done by embedding it into my own site: Here’s the link:
Do you think you’d be happy recommending that other people sign up for the service? If I was recommending Edcanvas to teachers where I work, I’d probably hand them a copy of the SAMR model along with my recommendation. I think there are quite a number of tasks being set for students because “they’re fun” without much thought being put on the actual learning outcome of purpose of the activity.
WOW I’ve come across so many interesting articles and information in the last 2 months and hence done lots of reading. This has all been a result of trying to familiarise myself with Twitter and trying to get through unit 4 – one thing leads to another and before I know it, hours have gone by! I have been trying to find organisations and people with a math focus to follow and am finding it frustrating and sometimes wonder if I am wasting my time; will it be worth it? So far I have not been overly impressed however I sense that I am getting closer and won’t give up. There are many Americans tweeting about maths and I want to find people closer to home.