This week my blog post will about someone who is near and dear to me, my friend James, is doing his best to share his passion with his students through social media. Yes, he did say it was ok to use his name and I am very excited to tell everyone what we talked about! I have known James my whole life, we went to elementary school and he recently just got a job at the school we went to and I am so happy for him. I also sub at the same school so sometimes I will pop my head into his classroom or eat lunch with him and when he talks about his students and what he is up to, he truly loves what he does.
A few months ago he had this great idea to incorporate his love of science through social media. I think that is what most people do now, we post things we love and want to share to the world. James wanted his students to think about Biology more then just 50 minutes a day. However, kids with social media, in my opinion can sometimes take it to far, there is bullying and social media can be a negative. James thought about turning social media, specifically Instagram into a positive light where students are out in nature or filming a science experiment and sharing that to the rest of the school and Instagram world. I am very confident in those who may be reading this know what I am talking about if not, I will explain. James has an account and he has his students follow his science Instagram or page so they can see the pictures which he tags the location in which they were taken. That way students can see what he is doing out in the real world but the students may be able to actually visit those same places as well. If a student posts a picture, they can tag James into the post so he can what his students are up to as well. There is a thing that you can do called hashtag # and this is where if you hashtag # whatever you type in will create a page of the same hash tags so is James wanted the students to # something specific then he can do something like that as well. Since the students know and use social media so much, it is a no brainer to incorporate that into school.
On the picture below, James took a picture and in his comment, he did #earthday and if we were on that site, you could click it and it would take you to another page where every picture that did #earthday would show up. The hashtag is blue and the rest of his text is in black. Also if you look at the picture on the right, I search #earthday and as you can see anyone who posted a picture with that hashtag will come up on this page.
James was telling me that he wants to see his kids doing fun and amazing things in different places of Rochester or the world. This is very laid back for both teacher and student but James wants his kids to always be thinking about Biology and doing something they would normally do. He was telling me that next year he wants his AP students to take his students to different places and teach a class outside or in the woods or near a lake or river. When I reflect on the conversation he is so perfect for the science class I am taking. He is doing and trying to do everything we have been talking about for weeks now.
So why am I even talking about this? Well I think this is really important to share, I was brought into this science community and I can finally see how important it is to share will people around us. I will not be a secondary teacher but in elementary, there are very important lessons that I have learned along the way, and teach that to my students so they will flourish when they get older. James is working very hard to share his love for science with his students through social media, and what is nice about social media, you don’t have to be a young person. People of all ages are on Instagram which means, James can reach a lot of people without trying too hard! He is slowly but surely impacting the science world in little ways that will become outstanding.
If you have time, please check out his account! If you have an Instagram account, you can search for his name @jbsciencestuff and follow him! You can follow me too @noellemorabito
Lets build our science community!
Here are a few links that I think are really cool to check out. The first link is about how scientists are using social media to network and communicate.
This articles is about using science and digital literacy in the classroom.
And this last one is about science online can build connections and ideas!