Be the DirectorSet up the
Twitter accounts yourselfnot so much for policing but so you cansee all the planning that happens throughdirect messages.An email account is necessary to set up aTwitter account, but I’ve found a goodworkaround is to use variations on agmail address such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
ListsCreate a list and add
all the character handles to the list.This way people can follow a list rather than eachcharacter: eg/ https://twitter.com/danikabarker/brevity-2-0If you put all your students on a list, it’s easy to curate thetweets using something like Storify.
When? Where? How Often?•Tweeting as
a reading strategy: •“As we read this act, think about how the events affect your character. How will you reﬂect on these events? Who would you talk to?” •The discussions students had prior to tweeting were the most valuable part of the whole process.
When? Where? How Often?•BYOD •Students
don’t all need cell phones. Most students seemed to prefer the web based version of Twitter and used either a personal laptop, or (more often) one of our school netbooks. Students were in partners so we didn’t need 1:1.
Don’t grade this.Not everything we
do as teachers needs to begraded, although this is sometimes a tough sell forstudents. Assess, and have the students reﬂect butthe second you tell students they’re being graded, itraises the level of anxiety and puts a stop tocreativity and playfulness, especially when tryingsomething new.
Links• Brevity is the Soul
of • Create a fake newspaper (t)Wit website • Corkboard• Brevity Blog • Wallwisher• Such Tweet Sorrow website • Storify• My presentation on Twitter• Brevity Twitter List