A Twitter Rubric…
And as you might expect, it was retweeted by quite a few people.
I’m wondering about the need for a Twitter rubric.
To me, this represents an attempt to force fit the use of a dynamic social media tool into a familar, comfortable, and safe structure, the rubric. Fit, jam, prod and force the tool into something that is articifical and constraining.
Why must a teacher define what represents exemplary use of Twitter for a student?
Exemplary use is using tinyurls to effectively stay within the 140 character limit.
Seriously? What if I don’t want to use a URL shortener? So what if the tweet gets too long. What about a second tweet? The last time I checked, tweets were free.
Why do teachers have to own the tool?
If I’m a student, I now have a choice, but the wrong one. Use the tool as I see fit for my needs, or succumb to the wishes of the teacher who wants me to use it as they have defined it, all in the name of giving the use a grade…
We all know what they’ll do.
But why not give them a real choice? Maybe they’ll use Twitter, maybe they’ll use Facebook, maybe they’ll use index cards. Why limit choices? Why limit how they use a particular tool? Why be so prescriptive?
I’d rather think that educators would give students a palette to choose from. You select how you want to represent your ideas, and you describe for me how well they worked, or didn’t work. Describe for me your growth throughout the learning experience, and the role that the particular tool or tools of your choosing had in that experience. There’s your assessment.
If you haven’t see the work of Dave Cormier, George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Rita Kop in their PLENK2010 course, I highly recommend it. It’s a refreshing and innovative approach that emphasizes student choice and empowerment in how they choose to learn, and how they choose to represent their understanding.
If connective technologies and networking experiences have taught us anything, they should have taught us about the freedom to connect, engage, and project our ideas, in our own ways. They should have taught us about how important individual choice can be in learning.
Why don’t we offer the same to our kids?