Talk given at the IRLT, York University (Nov 11/10)
Should educators really care about 140 characters or less? Is the buzz surrounding Twitter applicable to higher education? Does this social networking site really have a place in the classroom? Can we leverage Twitter to inform learning and enhance teaching?
We can effectively integrate Twitter to support our pedagogical objectives in any discipline, as it provides the platform for authentic communication with many experts, and it can help motivate learners to engage in learning beyond the classroom. Tweets are self-perpetuating and generative, and create organic learning communities that can facilitate deeper knowledge, better communication and new connections. Twitter, like other social networking tools, is always on, always connected—accessible via web, text, mobile applications, and more—and lends itself to communication synchronously and asynchronously. This talk will offer suggestions for student activities, ways to establish a teacher’s personal learning network, and examples of Twitter use in higher education.