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Connected Learning! Live Tweeting from the White House with Erik Anderson

Last week, Valley View Middle School Government Teacher, Erik Anderson found out that he had been selected to "live tweet" President Obama's State of the Union Address, from the White House. For the last 5 years, Erik has used Twitter to connect his students with other educators, and to connect with fellow teachers around the world. Over the weekend, he was interviewed on local radio and television stations, and on Tuesday morning, boarded a plane to fly to Washington for the event.

I loved in the audio of his WCCO Radio interview that he talked about his use of social media in the classroom, and how his use of Twitter has made him a "connected educator," and the benefit it has been to his students.

During the State of the Union, students watched the speech and "live tweeted," their thoughts, using the #SOTU and #vvmsgov hashtags. It was fun to see teachers participate as well, as it gave students the opportunity for an authentic experience, and helped them develop a positive digital footprint. Students conducted themselves respectfully during the session, regardless of whether they agreed with what was being said, and were thoughtful and engaged.  As noted at the end of the Storify below, in the 2 hours students were participating, there were over 780 posts using the #vvmsgov hashtag! I've archived a few of them below. Kudos to Erik and his colleague Jason Dockter for putting together this experience for their students.


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