Using Twitter in Classrooms

One characteristic of modern educators is that they are very adaptable. That is why nothing is surprising when educators use social media in their classrooms. Teachers around the world have managed to effectively integrate the microblogging site, Twitter, into education. If you are in search of ways of using Twitter in the classroom, you came to the right place! Read on to learn ways to maximize Twitter for educational purposes.

Means of Communication 

Twitter is a cheap and easy way to post announcements. Teachers and students alike can use Twitter in posting assignments, due dates, and other reminders. You can even use it to post review questions and summaries of the lessons covered in class. The usual practice of exchanging e-mails is no longer necessary since Twitter makes collaboration with others easier. Plus, students can quickly see any changes in the conversation.

Aside from serving as a means of communication between teachers and students, Twitter can also connect educators to each other. Following fellow teachers will allow you to keep up with the latest trends and news in education. Also, you can use it to recommend organizations, advocacies, publications, and events to your followers.

Catalog of Resources

Social media has encouraged individuals to share things. For educators, this means sharing lesson plans, research articles, and other informative materials. A teacher looking for new ideas can look to Twitter for some resources shared by his or her colleagues. The use of hashtags is useful in keeping up with various categories. For example, popular categories used in the past are #K12, #EDCHAT, #homeschool, and #eLearning. Insights into these categories are valuable since they originate from other educators themselves. You can start sharing your materials to encourage others to do the same, as well. Do not be passive consumers of information. A vibrant community owes its life to the willingness of members to share and receive.

Development of Writing Skills

Blogging is a good way of improving one’s writing skills. Although it is effective, blogging can be tiring as it requires a lot of effort and time. Students and teachers’ enthusiasm in writing may be nurtured through Twitter’s 140 character limit. As a bonus, individuals learn to keep things brief and straight to the point. With a teacher’s monitoring, students can also improve their spelling, grammar, and sentence construction. Let students do exercises where they must share their reflections or opinions about specific topics. In the process, you are also teaching them to practice critical thinking.

Research Tool

The unique dynamic of Twitter makes it a valuable topic and source of research. Educators inclined toward social sciences, humanities, and psychology will find endless ideas to research about. The hashtag and trending systems of Twitter are helpful tools for studying particular topics. By using other tools, such as Poll Everywhere and Pollowers, you can use Twitter to gather statistical data for your research. Just tweet your question, and your followers’ tweets will serve as poll responses. It will save you a lot of time and expenses. Other than this, you can also reach out to experts who have a Twitter account through a direct message or a tweet. If they do respond, you can include it in your output.

Whoever said that Twitter is pointless surely has not used it for education, because if he did, then he would have seen how powerful 140 characters can be.

Maria Dublin
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Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.