Twitter in the Classroom


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From pop culture to news to education, Twitter has taken the world by storm. If you've never used Twitter, the thought of using it can be intimidating. But it's really just another tool at your disposal. In this session, you'll learn some of the basics of Twitter, why it has had such an influence on society, why you should care and some practical examples of integrating Twitter into the classroom.

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  • National Public Radio CEO, Gary Knell, actively focused on integrating social media into their media mix. His rationale is based on Wayne Gretzky who would often say “I go to the where the puck is going”.
  • Jim Newman at Northern Illinois University uses Twitter as a bulletin board for his class, letting students know about last minute news like canceled classes.
  • The Distance College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, used Twitter with native Chinese students to train communicative and cultural competence. Students had to post a number of English tweets and react to the tweets of their fellow students. Twitter was viewed as a supplement to practice different aspects of the target language in authentic environment.
  • At the College of the Holy Cross, assistant professor Daniel Klinghard uses Twitter to teach students to be concise, summarizing major political texts without going over Twitter-imposed character limits.
  • Students can tweet sentences using a particular word to build vocabulary.
  • Craig Kielburger – founder of Free the Children and Me to We.
  • Twitter in the Classroom

    1. 1. Twitter in the Classroom
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    3. 3. Image from kk+ via Flickr “I go to where the puck is going”
    4. 4. Image from kk+ via Flickr Source:
    5. 5. Image from Digitas Photos via Flickr Image from Story Accents via Flickr
    6. 6. 60% of users access through mobile Source:
    7. 7. Image from James F Clay via Flickr The students get more engaged because they feel it is connected to something real, that it's not just learning for the sake of learning. Source: More engaged students
    8. 8. Students in classes that use Twitter to increase engagement have been found to average 5 grade points higher than those in other classes. Source: Higher grades
    9. 9. Equip student with current skills Image from Pete Prodoehl via Flickr
    10. 10. Twitter Glossary: Retweet (RT)
    11. 11. Twitter Glossary: Reply (mention)
    12. 12. Twitter Glossary: Direct Message (DM)
    13. 13. Twitter Glossary: Lists
    14. 14. Twitter Glossary: Favorite
    15. 15. Twitter Glossary: Favorite
    16. 16. Twitter Glossary: Hash Tag
    17. 17. Digital Bulletin Board Image from Joelk75 via Flickr
    18. 18. Language Instruction Image from Joelk75 via Flickr
    19. 19. Concise Writing Image from y jjpacres via Flickr
    20. 20. Vocabulary Building Image from vanhookc via Flickr
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    22. 22. Resources / Experts Image from alexabboud via Flickr
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    25. 25. Lack of Context
    26. 26. Human Error
    27. 27. Misinformation
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    29. 29. Resources • • examples-of-twitter-in-the-classroom • Twitter Continuing Education course @ NorQuest College