Twitter has caught fire across many professional fields as well as personally, but it seems to be in the beginning stages in the realm of higher education. The creative ways Twitter users have incorporated microblogging has become inspirational, so the recent trend of using Twitter at college is sure to keep evolving into an ever more impressive tool. Make sure you don’t get left behind by incorporating some of these educational and fun ways that Twitter can be used in the college classroom.
Twitter offers new and exciting ways to open up the lines of communication in the classroom. Find out some of the ways it can work with this list.
- Direct Tweet. Professors and students can contact each other through direct Tweets without having to share cell phone numbers.
- Get to know your classmates. A class Twitter group will help facilitate professors and students getting to know each other, especially if the class is part of a more intimate setting such as a seminar.
- Collaborate on projects. When working together on projects, set up a group using an app like Tweetworks to facilitate communication between everyone working together.
- Make announcements. Professors can send out reminders about upcoming tests, project due dates, or any news that needs to be shared via Twitter.
- Brainstorm. The ability to share ideas as the occur any time and any where creates an excellent opportunity for brainstorming on class topics.
- Take a poll. Ask student their opinions or get feedback on future projects or topics by using an app like PollDaddy.
- Share interesting websites. Both professors and students can post interesting websites that are relevant to their class.
- Daily learning. Twitter feeds happen much more frequently than the two or three times a day a student is in class, therefore using Twitter in the classroom means there is a daily opportunity for learning.
- Ambient awareness. This blog post on TwiTip offers an excellent description of ambient awareness and how it facilitates getting to know those you follow in more meaningful ways.
In addition to just following educators and others with the same interests as you, there are several different hashtags that you can follow that revolve around the educational realm. Hashtags such as #edchat and #teaching can be seen all over Twitter these days. Clicking on a hashtag brings up a search of all such tags and can be an awesome way to follow or jump into a twitter conversation about certain topic.
Check out the links below for some help in getting start with Twitter as an educator. Sooner than later you will be asking and answering questions with the best of them!
Teaching With Twitter: Not for the Faint of Heart
Students are emboldened, but they can also hijack discussions
By Jeffrey R. Young
West Lafayette, Ind.
Maybe Sugato Chakravarty should wear a helmet to class. The professor of consumer sciences and retailing at Purdue University repeatedly attempts the instructional equivalent of jumping a motorcycle over a row of flaming barrels.
OK, asking 250 students to post questions on Twitter during a class doesn’t risk life or limb. But it can cause ego damage if the mob of students in his course on personal finance gets disorderly online
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