The students today were looking at the London Riots and examining the social and ethical issues (for IB ITGS Teachers – paper 2). They were starting to analyse the underlying ICT’s (information and communication technologies) particularly twitter, social media and short messaging services.
I set them a 10 minute task to report back to the class on the technical elements of the three diffrerent tools (Twitter, Social media & texting) as it related to the london riots. The students quickly scratched out their area of investigation and presented it back to the class with explanations.
Since the information was vital for all of the students, they grabbed their cellphones and took pictures of the whiteboards and then emailed these to the other students. In the space of 1 minute every student had a copy of all three technical breakdowns as they related to their current topic of discussion.
Technology is a wonderful thing. The students are now incorperating these notes into their own work.