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October 1, 2013

Tweeting and teaching in the classroom

Peru High School embraces technology as learning tool.

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Peru teachers last week learned how to use Remind 101, a text messaging service created for educators like them. It allows them to send students reminders about assignments or tests.

It’s quickly becoming an essential tool for coaches.

“That’s something that our coaches really grabbed a hold of,” Cary said. “It’s very neat.”

Some teachers are allowing cellphones and tablets in class. A Peru math teacher lets students take quizzes on their phones.

Cary said they’ve received positive feedback from the students. They’re more engaged and excited.

“Kids, that’s their natural environment,” he said. “To act like we shouldn’t have technology in the classroom is ridiculous. These are the kinds of tools they will use in the business world.”

Some teachers are still figuring out how to introduce these technologies and how to do it safely. Digital citizenship is a big part of this technology push, Cary said.

Students and even staff members sometimes have to be reminded about the footprint they leave online and how it can affect them.

When Cary was searching for a secretary this year, he browsed through the candidates’ social media sites before making his decision.

Social media, when used correctly, can transform classrooms, Cary said. He believes so much in its power that he’s planning a professional development course devoted to using Twitter properly.

“This is really going to help them out in the classrooms,” he said.

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com

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