1 - #BrightSpot Ethnography

#BrightSpot Ethnography and #Buoyancy using Twitter

You are simply asking yourself, “What’s working and how can we do more of it?” 

That’s the bright-spot philosophy in a single question. 

(Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath)

...he also demonstrates the second component of buoyancy: positivity. “Positivity” is one of those words that make many of us roll our eyes, gather our belongings, and look for the nearest exit. It has the saccharine scent of the pumped-up and dumbed-down, an empty concept pushed by emptier people. But a host of recent research testifies to its importance in many realms of life, including how we move others.

(To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel Pink)


What if we each broadcast three learning bright spots every school day for four weeks? 

  • Will we learn more about our community?  

  • Will we learn more about each other? 

  • Will we create a culture and a habit of positivity, bright spots, and buoyancy?

At the end of this 1-PLU course, each participant should be able to say:

  • I can contribute to the bright spot ethnographic data collection of our learning community using Twitter.

  • I can use the power of positivity to elevate the learner and learning in and out of school.

  • I can bright spot learning in our school and inform the larger community of the myriad of learning experiences that happen daily.

  • I can foster and develop connections with other educators and experts to expand my Professional Learning Network (PLN).

10 hours - 1 PLU

1/2 Hour Getting Started:

Set up account, Follow 5

Assessment:  Face-to-face instruction or Evidence-based

1/2 Hour Decoding Language of Twitter:

@, #, Gr8, 4 etc., C

oping with 140 characters,


Assessment:  Google Form Quiz or Evidence-based

1/2 Hour Know your School’s Social Media Policy:




Assessment:  Google Form Quiz

1/2 Hour Know your colleagues/community on Twitter: 


Class Accounts,

Community Hashtag

Assessment:  Follow 5 and Tweet to/with 5

8 Hours            3 Tweets/day * 5 min/Tweet = 15 min/day 10 min/day to Read-Retweet-Respond

                         15 min/day * 5 days/week = 75 min/week 10 min/day * 5 days/week = 50 min/week


                        75 min/week + 50 min/week to read & retweet = 125 min/week

                         approximately 2 hours/week * 4 weeks = 8 hours

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