Twitter in Education

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Twitter in Education

Twitter in Education

*participate in a live chat on a topic of interest. Here’s a schedule to get you started. *attend a conference virtually, by following the conference’s hashtag and reading live tweets from those who are at the venue. Here’s a glimpse of what went on at Maker Faire in New York. *use Twitter as a back-channel during a lecture so that students can ask questions without interrupting*tweet links to resources that are related to your course to share with your students*send out reminders to students and parents*encourage students to ask questions to you or fellow classmates *create a class hashtag and post discussion questions*have students ask an expert on Twitter, you might be surprised at who will respond.*share class activities and celebrations with parents

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Students who use Twitter for academic purposes are more engaged in their learning and achieve higher grades (Evans, 2014; Junco, Heiberger & Loken, 2011). In addition, they interact more with fellow students and with instructors (Al-rahmi, Othman & Musa, 2014). Twitter can be used for back-channel chat during lectures, asking questions to classmates or teachers outside of class hours, building community, and communicating with a global audience (Hsu & Ching, 2012). The use of social media, such as Twitter, has been linked to improvements in leadership skills, critical thinking and student persistence (Junco, 2014).

Use of social media in the classroom needs to be carefully planned in order to avoid some possible negative outcomes. Davis, Ho and Last warn that “social media use during lectures may be a substantial source of distraction” (2015, p. 550). They also cite the blurring of personal-professional boundaries and potentially exposing students to inaccurate information as further challenges (2015).

Although there are still many opportunities for professional development through formal learning, more and more teachers are taking advantage of informal learning through Personal Learning Networks or PLNs (Sie et al., 2013). On Twitter, teachers can quickly and easily share ideas and best practices with others and receive feedback from members of their PLN. “The power of Twitter is not Twitter itself; it’s the connections it facilitates. Those connections can break the sense of professional isolation that many teachers feel within the walls of their own schools” (Cooke, 2012).

Possible Drawbacks

Benefits for Students

Benefits for Teachers

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Engagement and Achievement

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