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Twitter in the Classroom

03.4.2014

When I think back to my college years, there was always a point right as class was starting when all my professors would say, “Ok, time to put away all smart phones.” Oh, this dreaded statement! However, smart phones have opened up all new possibilities to keep your classroom and students interacted and even awake. With new emerging technologies, why should this be the case anymore? Why not encourage and embrace the use of technology in the classroom, like Twitter?

Twitter can be used as a good way for students to think creatively and instantly provide feedback about a topic. Tim Nekritz, a professor at SUNY Oswego, used Twitter in his classroom for instant feedback. Tim asked his students to Tweet a quick review of a commercial that he showed during class using the #brc328 class hashtag. Some of his students responses are below.

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These instantaneous responses allow students to share their reactions in-the-moment. Twitter is a good way to include students in both conversation and creative process.

Not enough proof that Twitter should be used in the classroom? Check out the news story on Twitter from CNN below.

 

Post by Kaitlyn Reish, Training Specialist at HPU.

Image taken from: http://insidetimshead.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/smartphonestwitter-in-the-classroom-an-update/

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