One of the suggestions that I made to the group was to develop a four part messaging system to support the ideas we share with teachers. The system starts with a post on your blog in which you introduce a tool or strategy. That post should also be sent as an email. Then for the next couple of weeks write follow-up posts that support the implementation of the idea in the first post. These follow-up posts could be along the lines of “five ways to use X,” “five teachers who have used X,” “five things you might not have thought about regarding X.” These follow-up posts can also be sent as emails. The overall purpose of this strategy is to remind and provide reinforcement for your ideas about educational technology.
Here’s how I have implemented this strategy in the past when introducing people to Thinglink.
- Introductory post that includes an explanation of what Thinglink does and how it works.
- A post about five ways to use Thinglink. A reference back to the introductory post is included for the folks who missed it the first time.
- A post with examples of Thinglink projects completed by students. Again, a link to the introductory post is included for the folks who missed it the first time.
- A post introducing some less-obvious uses of Thinglink including some examples of app-smashing with Thinglink. For example, I often combine the use of PicMonkey and Thinglink. As with the two previous posts I include a link back to the introductory post that offers instruction on how to use Thinglink.