Tweeting Your Way to Improved
#Writing, #Reflection, and
#Community
Alice Louise Kassens
Roanoke College
kassens@roanoke.e...
What is Twitter?
O Online

O Accessed through

microblogging
technology
O Post “tweets” up to
140 characters
O ~200 millio...
@kassensecon122
Twitter in the classroom
O Twitter has been

shown to improve:
O Engagement
O Participation

O Writing
O Community
O Learn...
Twitter and writing/reflection
O 140 character limit

forces succinctness
O “electronic editor”

O Brevity of tweets =

po...
Twitter and writing/reflection
O Writing about

economics=vital
test of
understanding
O Challenge in 100level courses
O A ...
What we did
O Social media

project
O ~25 student avg.
O 15% of course

grade
O Computer lab
O Screen projecting
Twitter f...
Preparation (in class)
O Brief introduction to Twitter (many

students had never used Twitter)
O Set up accounts
O 10-15 m...
Preparation (in class)
Twitter grading rubric
Sample assignment
O State of the Union

Address 2013
Watch address
w/in 24 hours of
event
2. Tweet several
comments or
que...
Sample assignment
…

…
Sample assignment
Unintended consequence
O Twitter expands the

classroom beyond
the physical walls
O Global

conversations
O “guest speaker...
Suggestions
O Hold class in lab
O Establish ground rules
O Allow practice tweets
O Select unique #

O Grade tweets via

st...
Difficulties
O Challenging with

large classes
O Currently are not

reliable applications
to collect tweets for
a record

...
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Using Twitter to Improve Writing, Reflection, and Community

  1. 1. Tweeting Your Way to Improved #Writing, #Reflection, and #Community Alice Louise Kassens Roanoke College kassens@roanoke.edu NETA Fall 2013 Austin, TX
  2. 2. What is Twitter? O Online O Accessed through microblogging technology O Post “tweets” up to 140 characters O ~200 million active users, ~400 million tweets/day O Free service, www.twitter.com variety of portals: cellphone, computer , tablet O Tweets can include pictures and videos O User’s twitter page can be customized using templates
  3. 3. @kassensecon122
  4. 4. Twitter in the classroom O Twitter has been shown to improve: O Engagement O Participation O Writing O Community O Learning O Memory
  5. 5. Twitter and writing/reflection O 140 character limit forces succinctness O “electronic editor” O Brevity of tweets = powerful tool for teaching writing & other communication skills #writing
  6. 6. Twitter and writing/reflection O Writing about economics=vital test of understanding O Challenge in 100level courses O A key to good writing=developing an argument #reflection
  7. 7. What we did O Social media project O ~25 student avg. O 15% of course grade O Computer lab O Screen projecting Twitter feed O Unique hashtag (#kassensecon122 ) O Ten graded tweets O Rubric developed with class O Assignments both in and out of class period O Review tweets in class
  8. 8. Preparation (in class) O Brief introduction to Twitter (many students had never used Twitter) O Set up accounts O 10-15 minutes to personalize page, follow, tweet O Develop rubric: “What makes a good tweet?” Faculty should already be familiar with Twitter
  9. 9. Preparation (in class) Twitter grading rubric
  10. 10. Sample assignment O State of the Union Address 2013 Watch address w/in 24 hours of event 2. Tweet several comments or questions 3. One tweet graded 1. O Purpose O Increase student awareness of current issues O Apply course material to these issues O Communicate in thoughtful/concise manner
  11. 11. Sample assignment … …
  12. 12. Sample assignment
  13. 13. Unintended consequence O Twitter expands the classroom beyond the physical walls O Global conversations O “guest speakers” O Community can be developed in typically isolated experiences #communit y
  14. 14. Suggestions O Hold class in lab O Establish ground rules O Allow practice tweets O Select unique # O Grade tweets via student page O Follow your students O Assign a significant weight to assignment Benefits O Expand classroom, become part of a larger community O Refine reflection & writing skills w/o a large written assignment O Increase engagement O Demonstrate responsible use of social media
  15. 15. Difficulties O Challenging with large classes O Currently are not reliable applications to collect tweets for a record Cautions O Professor should be comfortable with the technology O Pick a unique hashtag for all assignments O Keep tweets to course material

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