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Leveraging twitter in education

Leveraging twitter in education



This presentation provides ideas for using twitter in the classroom. It was given at the 2010 e-volution workshop at the University of Wyoming.

This presentation provides ideas for using twitter in the classroom. It was given at the 2010 e-volution workshop at the University of Wyoming.



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  • Stan Skrabut
    Leveraging Twitter in Education
  • You have certainly heard about Twitter, you cannot go anywhere without hearing about it.
  • As an educator, you wonder if Twitter has a use in the classroom.
  • You do not want to waste your time implementing a new tool.
  • You want to have a list of effective strategies for using this new tool.
  • I will not only explain what Twitter is but also help you discover ideas for implementation.
  • In order to learn how to leverage Twitter, you must first understand the tool.
  • Twitter is equivalent to a radio broadcasting station.
  • Messages are sent in real time and are organized chronologically.
  • Each message can only be 140 characters in length.
  • You should not send anything you do not want the public to see.
  • You can send Tweets through countless devices and applications.
  • At the basic level, Twitter has its own Website that you can use.
  • You can also use your cell phone to send and receive messages.
  • You can also receive messages through special desktop, Web, and iPad programs.
  • Twitter has its own jargon that you should be familiar with.
    Direct Message
  • To reply to someone, type @username and then the message.
  • When you are retweeting, you are forwarding the message.
  • You can send a direct message, but typing D and then the username.
  • You can use a hashtag to group and filter messages.
  • Why use this tool?
  • Twitter has a number of advantages as a communication tool.
  • Tweets are short and to the point, making them easy to skim for content.
  • You can share ideas with followers and the public.
  • Updates can be received from different devices and methods.
  • Disadvantage of using twitter
  • Twitter is messy because it is real time; the conversations are not linear.
  • Some people are constrained by the 140 character limit.
  • Unregulated, Twitter can be like drinking from a fire hydrant.
  • If for nothing else, you can use Twitter as a great feedback tool.
  • Backchannel for classes using a hashtag.
  • You can follow research topics in real time using search queries.
  • You can receive input from individuals who are normally silent.
  • Here are some ideas on how you can weave Twitter into your classes.
  • Here are some ideas how you can use Twitter prior to class starting.
  • You can pose questions to find out more about the students in the class.
  • You can ask students about what they hope to gain from the class.
  • You can also incorporate icebreakers so students can get to know one another.
  • Here are ideas for using Twitter during class.
  • You and your students can follow subject matter experts
  • You can also follow trending subjects using queries.
  • Encourage the backchannel to solicit ideas and ongoing feedback.
  • You can use twitter to support the class between face to face sessions
  • You can encourage students to discuss successes and challenges with course material.
  • Encourage students to share resources and great ideas.
  • You can divide the class into groups and have an online debate.
  • You can have students role play scenarios.
  • You can have your students reflect on articles, chapters, books, films, etc.
  • You can collect response through a brainstorming session.
  • You can take the pulse of students through questions or polls.
  • Students can practice different languages with native speakers.
  • During the course, you can conduct formative and summative evaluations.
  • Finally, here are some ideas for leveraging twitter post class.
  • Continue the in class conversations using the same or new hashtags.
  • You can ask students to share feedback on the class.
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