We just concluded a 3Day Edmodo chat about drones
Is it legal to use drones?
Is it wise to use drones?
Is it ethical to use drones?
All the 6th, 7th and 8th graders in my building engaged in this chat, through their science class, and all science teachers moderated every post and comment that these students generated. It's a lot of posts, I won't lie to you.
Just look at the quality of their talk, though.
You can tell there are strong emotions that are in play during these conversations. Yet they found a way to be civil to one another and help each other think thru the ideas and even improve their writing techniques.
Doing these kinds of chats is so important to helping students see a way to communicate with each other about topics where they may have very different ideas. They learned to be willing to listen to each other and use what they've learned in English class in their Science class.
Transferring knowledge from one content area to another is never easy going.
We couldn't have done this without the help of Popular Science's Kelsey Atherton who helped us find articles that 8th graders could read and still not scare the daylights out of them. Thank goodness for the help Twitter provides in finding willing partners.