Teacher Review For Twitter

Use for AP vocabulary and collaboration!

Leah K.
Technology Training/Integration Specialist
Cobb County School District
Marietta, GA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I utilized Twitter in my AP Psychology classroom. Given that AP courses have hundreds of vocabulary words that are new to students, the vocabulary has always seemed overwhelming for many students. During the 2014-2015 school year, I utilized Twitter to divide and conquer the vocabulary. Students were assigned a limited number of vocabulary from each unit, then they tweeted a short definition and/or application of their assigned words. Each student made sure to tweet using the hashtag I created for my classroom. At the end of the school year when reviewing for the AP exam, students were able to search the hashtag and study for all of their vocabulary in a user-friendly format.
My Take
Overall, I loved using Twitter for collaboration among my students. I also tweeted out reminders and important AP information that I might otherwise have forgotten. The only downside I really had was that Twitter was blocked from our school computers, so keeping up with the tweets on my own was a little more difficult than I had anticipated. I would think that in the future, if Twitter can be more regulated within school districts, it will become even more useful within the classroom.