This Mobile Tool Review was written by Courtney Greenley, CTRL Trainer and Consultant.
New Twitter users will be pleasantly surprised by how the tool can be seamlessly integrated into classroom lectures and other coursework.
What does it do?
Twitter allows students to contribute and collaborate in real-time discussions inside and outside of the classroom. Unlike face-to-face discussions, Twitter allows conversation to flow through specific classroom hashtags anytime, anywhere, and with no limits to the number or kind of contributors. For more information on hashtags and using them correctly, visit Using Hastags on Twitter.
Which class can you use it in?
Instructors can use a projection screen at the front of the class to keep a running stream of questions and thoughts organized via hashtags during lectures (also called a “backchannel”). Students can also follow information that is associated with a specific course (or with specific Twitter accounts) outside of class.
- Students can collaborate on projects and keep track of changes by using a specific hashtag
- Twitter can make engagement and discussion easier for students in large lecture classes
- Introverts or quiet students may be more likely to contribute to text-based conversations
- Twitter is a concise medium that operates in real-time
- Not everyone already has a Twitter account, and some students are hesitant about creating a new social media presence
- Welcome to Twitter: FAQs and the Basics
- How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement
- Connecting with What Is Out There!: Using Twitter in the Large Lecture
- Using Twitter in Lectures, Classes and Workshops
- 10 Ways Twitter Is Reinventing the College Lecture