A Spanish class could practice language skills by tweeting only in Spanish to each other; 140-character bursts would be perfect for the basics. It could also be interesting to research a current event through the eyes of Twitter; natural disasters and government uprisings are often better-documented on Twitter than some news sources. With the rise of "citizen journalism," many eyewitnesses use Twitter to give moment-by-moment accounts of what's happening. You can also use Twitter as a home base for classes, assigning homework or quizzes, or starting conversations with students. When using it as a class, though, make sure you set up ground rules for language and respect, as kids may be used to using Twitter for more casual communication.
Teachers should also be aware of the incredible resources available on Twitter for professional development. Across the world, educators are turning to Twitter as a way to build personal learning networks. By following other educators and participating in education-focused chats, teachers can expand their network of colleagues and find resources to further their classroom practice.Continue reading Show less
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging platform that allows users to communicate through 140-character messages on a computer or smartphone. It's used by millions of people worldwide to keep up with news, gossip, events, weather -- you name it, it's being talked about on Twitter.
Once you sign up with an email and password, you'll be directed to start "following" people. The people you follow will show up in your Timeline, a scrolling list of real-time tweets. When you tweet, the people who follow you will see your tweets in their timeline. Those are the nuts and bolts of this platform -- it's pretty basic! You can organize the people you follow into groups (e.g., Ms. Johnson's World History Period 5) and view tweets separately this way. It's also possible to search Twitter for certain terms or hashtags -- for example, #Congress or #Obama. Hashtags are also used for topic-specific discussions (often held weekly) in various fields such as the weekly education chats #edchat, #ellchat, and #sschat.Continue reading Show less
Kids can learn some solid communication skills while using Twitter. How do you distill a great idea into 140 characters? It takes critical-thinking and writing skills to economize on language Twitter-style, and kids will have to respond quickly to keep up with the usually fast-paced conversations that happen there. Getting involved in a teacher-moderated debate or answering a pop-quiz question in one sentence, kids'll learn to focus on important points. Overall, Twitter can be a great, innovative place to foster scholarly discussion in this modern age.
Kids learn to stay organized, listen, and respond to their peers in the short and sweet world of Twitter. Seriously engaging in conversations on school assignments, local or global happenings, or even chatting about Katy Perry, kids will find themselves gaining communication skills and, hopefully, exploring new ways to convey information.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
|SL.9-10: Comprehension and Collaboration|
|SL.9-10.1||Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.|
|SL.9-10.1c||Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.|
|SL.11-12: Comprehension and Collaboration|
|SL.11-12.1||Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.|
|SL.11-12.1c||Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.|
|W.9-10: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.9-10.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.|
|W.11-12: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.11-12.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.|