Integrating
Twitter into
the classroom
Dr. Matt J. Duffy
Berry College
@mattjduffy
Why do this?
 What I tell my students:
 You shouldn’t graduate with a comm
degree if you don’t know how to use Twitter
...
Twitter basics
 Hashtags allow users to have
conversations about common themes
 #COM4470
 Starting a tweet with a @hand...
Incorporating Twitter hashtag
into classroom
 Twitterfall
 Before class
 Discussion of
Twitter posts
at beginning
of cl...
Grading
 Five percent of grade
 Students required to tweet three times
 At least one post must be to something
related ...
Storify
What would I do differently?
 Increase grade percentage
 10 percent instead of 5 percent
 40 percent of students didn’t...
The End!
 Slides and storify available
at www.mattjduffy.com
 Matt J. Duffy, PhD
 Berry College
 Rome GA
 Teach journ...
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Presentation at AEJMC 2014 in Montreal about my experience using Twitter in a media law class.

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Integrating Twitter into the classroom

  1. 1. Integrating Twitter into the classroom Dr. Matt J. Duffy Berry College @mattjduffy
  2. 2. Why do this?  What I tell my students:  You shouldn’t graduate with a comm degree if you don’t know how to use Twitter  Important to enter workforce with a Twitter presence  Consider having two accounts  one professional, one for fun  What I’m hoping for:  Increased comprehension of laws, concepts  Understanding of pervasiveness of law issues
  3. 3. Twitter basics  Hashtags allow users to have conversations about common themes  #COM4470  Starting a tweet with a @handle means only people that follow you and that person will be able to see tweet  So, you don’t have to clog up your twitter feed with hashtag-specific comments  Very important!!!
  4. 4. Incorporating Twitter hashtag into classroom  Twitterfall  Before class  Discussion of Twitter posts at beginning of classes.
  5. 5. Grading  Five percent of grade  Students required to tweet three times  At least one post must be to something related to media law  Other tweets can address other posts  Students should show understanding of some media law issue with posts  Open-access Google Docs spreadsheet records participation
  6. 6. Storify
  7. 7. What would I do differently?  Increase grade percentage  10 percent instead of 5 percent  40 percent of students didn’t participate  Stress more discussion among themselves  Like which way would a case likely go?  What evidence would sway case?
  8. 8. The End!  Slides and storify available at www.mattjduffy.com  Matt J. Duffy, PhD  Berry College  Rome GA  Teach journalism, multimedia storytelling
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