Jeff Freels :: @JeffFreelsAdjunct Instructor of HistoryPrince George’s Community CollegeFollow this presentation at: tinyurl.com/8xoyz58
Communication styles are changingShort-form writing is a valuable skillOnly 8.3% of college teachers use it in the classroom (Faculty Focus, 2010) Twitter named the 2011 #1 Tool for Learning* Source: Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, 2011.
Twitter is well-known, free to sign upAccessible from any web- or text-enabled deviceThe 140-character limit challenges students Source: Higdon et al., 2011.
Dunlap and Lowenthal (2009) use it in online courses to enhance teaching presenceJunco, Heiberger and Loken (2011) found evidence of improved student performanceMy experience with it has been very positive
n of students % of class Average overall grade Highly engaged 8 28.6% 84.1Somewhat engaged 4 14.3% 80.0Minimally engaged 5 17.9% 69.3Non-participatory 11 39.3% 62.5 WHOLE CLASS 28 72.4
Decide how you want to use TwitterCreate a distinct Twitter account for each classPrepare instructions and guidelines for studentsGive students time to assimilate before starting
Mandatory usage :: 10 percent of their gradeGrade broken down into nine weekly periodsSending out tweets for multiple purposes Course reminders :: Answering student questions In-class tweets :: After-class textbook searches Retweets :: Targeted tweets
Teacher engagement sets the toneRapid response timesNear-constant availabilityOwnership of a good smartphone
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