With modern day technology we have numerous ways of teaching our students. We don’t realize how we can make things more exciting in the classroom by using these tools. When looking through the textbook, The Global Educator, I came across different tools of community and social media. One that struck me was Twitter: a tool almost every student is familiar with. Students use this tool every day for personal uses. But what if we could use this tool to create discussion boards beyond the classroom. What if student could use their Twitter accounts to blog and interact with other classmates. The lesson plan, Twitter and Academic Research, starts off teaching students how to use Twitter; for those who are unfamiliar. This is followed by a presentation after the lecture. This presentation is done by tweeting. Students must use hashtags to search things related to the topic of discussion. Finally, once they all have tweeted the class will discuss what they have found.
This lesson plan isn’t the only thing I found where students are able to engage with Twitter in the classroom. In the video, CNN: Twitter has place in classroom, a high school teacher notices how much students are on their devices and uses this as a tool in the classroom. He decides to allow students to engage using Twitter as part of the group discussion. He asks his students questions in the classroom and then asks them to tweet about it using their own technology or technology in the classroom. These tweets would then project on the board where they would be able to discuss them as a class. This helps every student participate in the discussion. A lot of students do not participate in out loud discussion because they are too shy, so this is a way to include everyone. He says in the video, “Twitter did become this Paperless way of sharing what’s on their mind.” This is the future of journal writing. As technology advances, so will our tools in the classroom.
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