There has been varying opinions on the use of Twitter in the classroom. Even within our own Media and Digital Literacy 4000 classroom space there have been both hesitations and approvals towards the 140-character idea-spreading social media website. The top uncertainty seemed to be associated with privacy and ensuring the student's safety, especially for the younger grades. How do we keep the privacy of students, while still allowing them to globally connect to lifelong learners around the world? Through this blog post I will be exploring that concept as well as the potential that Twitter has within the classroom walls.
"Instead of walls, imagine your classroom filled with millions of experts in a variety of fields in any subject your students want to learn"
#3 - Daily Discovery
Teachers can assign each student a day where they can create a tweet on the class Twitter at the end of the day about what they learned. This is good for younger grades as the teacher controls the Twitter account but the students still feel a sense of ownership over it. It also works on summarizing skills and allows for reflection on their own learning.
#4 - Write Mini Reviews
After reading a book, watching a movie, or reading an article, teachers could have students write short reviews. This allows them creativity, consolidation, and consideration about what they have seen, heard, or read. Students can link their tweet, add pictures, or video. What a fun and interactive way to allow students for example, to keep a portfolio of books they have read, and provides a reference to remind them what it was about.
#5 - Communicate with Experts
Each month as a class, brainstorm something you want to learn more about. Find an expert in that subject or career on Twitter and reach out to them. This is a great resource for the classroom and allows students a different viewpoint rather than just the teacher's. It also takes pressure off of the teacher as they can't know EVERYTHING. Flattening the walls of your classroom can be as simple as connecting with experts in different fields and adding to their personal learning networks.