Science of Education

Further to what I posted last week about the idea of using twitter as a means of social learning; that is recording notes, seeing other peoples’ perspectives and creating discussion, my project supervisor introduced me to, which can take all the tweets of a given hash tag and put them into chronoligical order. I tried it in said supervisors science of education lecture, and this was the output.
  1. @jm60 Tweeting Jesse Martins one and only education lecture under #jm60
  2. It’s fun for me, since you guys get to do all the work. #jm60
  3. Anybody who is satisfied with their teaching has low expectations #jm60
  4. Start pending on the guy who needs to press record. #jm60
  5. Education today, I give you the information, then you give it back to me in your own words with a little bit more… #jm60
  6. It doesn’t matter since you’re going to cram anyway #jm60
  7. Evidence tells us it doesn’t Foster engagement. Plus, it’s boring #jm60
  8. I empower you to go and find what you want to find. #jm60
  9. Once upon a time, school is where the information was #jm60
  10. In the last 15 years we have moved from information scarcity to information abundance. #jm60
  11. You have it all on your iPhone, so why do we keep on lecturing? #jm60
  12. understanding is not transmitted, only information. #jm60
  13. Information is that tomato is a fruit. Understanding is that you don’t put it in a fruit salad. #jm60
  14. Universities haven’t adapted to there being too much information to cover. #jm60
  15. Children stop asking why after they enter formal education. How terrible to quash that curiosity? #jm60
  16. Asked students to produce a mock election of their own #jm60
  17. 90 kids dressed up and did it. The teacher didn’t need to do anything #jm60
  18. Ask them and take the time to listen. Extraordinary #jm60
  19. Must allow kids to fail as part of the learning process #jm60
  20. Spend an hour talking about the learning process. Key word: create #jm60
  21. Ill walk off some place and do something inappropriate and you’ll have it on camera. #IfItComesOutYourMouthItsGame #jm60


Die Powerpoint!

Die Powerpoint!

I just did a quick literature search on Google scholar for the word ‘twitter’. It seem that this medium is a relatively unexplored area in the realms of psychology. Tap in ‘twitter education’ and you get plenty about education, but nothing about twitter. One researcher has worked out that twitter gives foreign people an opportunity to practise genuine English conversation, but that was about as interesting as it got.

My project supervisor has mentioned once or twice the idea that an entire lecture slide could be fit into one tweet. The field of cognitive psychology teaches us that the semantic (meaning based) level of learning is by far the best way to learn something, if you actually want to remember it, and so the process of analysis and condensing that information down into such a small string will surely help somebody.

But we don’t merely learn from the type of rehearsal that is merely the robotic re-reading or repetition of someone else’s notes. In short, the person who should be tweeting, is YOU!

Picture a lecture where parallel to the slides (or better still, instead of the slides) is a tweet board. Student’s are invited to bring their iPads, Androids or Windowses and tweet back their semantic interpretation of what is being taught. Picture a lecture who examines the tweets during the break, and uses them to stimulate a discussion during the second half of the lecture.

Picture a class being given a hash tag on the morning of the exam, where they can tweet to each other their revision, so they are effectively teaching one another the content, and comparing their understanding with one another. Picture them asking their questions, and answering each others questions, literally quizzing each other.

The equipment is set up now, the costs for such a thing are nothing. I’m not a teacher yet, but I would be very excited to see this in motion one day.

Have a read of the link below too, I read this a few years back and thought nothing of it. But it is an example of it already having been done during a Latter-day Saint general conference a few years back.

Was It Freud Wiki article detailing some of the evidence for these ideas