I have been following Suzie Boss on Twitter for years, but finally had the pleasure of meeting her in person at ASB Unplugged this past week in Mumbai, India. I attended her workshop of Project Based Learning.
Tweeting has become my preferred method of note taking at conferences , since it has the potential of lifting the usual individual activity to much higher collaborative levels. (taking advantage, if other tweeting participants are present, of backchanneling with on-site or off-site participants and curating and adding other participants’ perspectives). I also feel that my efforts to disseminate by using my (public) Twitter feed, as well as using the conference hashtag (#asbunplugged) adds value (hopefully) to a larger audience.
I am also reminded of the Headlines Visible Thinking Routine by Project Zero, when I am tasked to share and catch reader’s attention in their Twitter feed.
This routine draws on the idea of newspaper-type headlines as a vehicle for summing up and capturing the essence of an event, idea, concept, topic, etc. The routine asks one core question:
1. If you were to write a headline for this topic or issue right now that captured the most important aspect that should be remembered, what would that headline be?
A second question involves probing how students’ ideas of what is most important and central to the topic being explored have changed over time:
2. How has your headline changed based on today’s discussion? How does it differ from what you would have said yesterday?
Below you will find my embedded Storify tweets (I was not aware of tweets from other participants in that session). The exercise itself ,of curating my tweets to “tell the story” of summarizing my understanding/documentation of Suzie’s session, is a valid component of learning by remembering and reflection.
A learnflow of note-taking at conference could be summarized as:
- summarizing (in 140 characters or less)
- curating (adding resources, retweeting valuable contributions by other participants)
- disseminating (to my Twitter followers/via conference hashtags)
- reviewing notes/tweets (by going through my Twitter feed or via Storify)
- creating a filtered story of a particular session or event via Storify