Using Twitter in the Classroom SIG Presentation by: Tommy Woodward & Allison Thompson
Tommy teaches at Everett High School in Lansing. Allison teaches 7th and 8th grade Social Studies and English at Pathﬁnder Middle School in Pinckey, MI. For this project, Tommy focused on ﬁnding resources, rooting them in pedagogy, and explaining the rationale for using Twitter in the classroom. Allison focused on organization of the proposal, aesthetic qualities, and crafting our social presence in the online world. Both Allison and Tommy contributed with ideas, creativity, and content knowledge.
Social media is an increasingly important tool that allows students to connect almost instantly to others around the globe. Integrating the technology students are using helps root the content in real-‐world connections and allows students to learn and contextualize content much more eﬀectively. We want to use technology to foster learning, increase achievement, and expand perspectives on a quick, easy, and traceable social medium
Use technology in the Middle School Social Studies Classroom
Increase student achievement, interaction, and technology literacy.
Add relevancy and global connections to Social Studies curriculum.
Expand both students’ and teachers’ knowledge bases with interactions on both global and technical levels.
We plan on tracking a lot of our progress and resources through our blog, which can be found here. Annotated list of resources on our delicous page, which can be found here. Twitter hashtag #atwittersss