Teaching with Twitter
The workshop series, Conversations on Digital Pedagogy, got off to a superb start last week with short presentations by Don Rodrigues (English), Vivian Finch (German) and Aimi Hamraie (MHS) followed by a lively discussion.
The panel exemplified the striking variety of teaching applications possible with Twitter. For Don Rodrigues, Twitter provided both a series of “low-stakes” communications outside of class for his students, as well as a meaningful prompt for their more standard essay writing assignments. Vivian Finch had her students engage with current German popular culture and topics through Twitter, as well as harness the tool for collaborative short story writing. Aimi Hamraie, used Twitter in a very different way yet again, as both an archival tool for the class lecture and discussion, as well as a means to engage – often live – with the broader global community.
In case you missed it, you can follow along with those audience members who were live-tweeting the workshop, collected here on Storify.
Additional resources for using Twitter in the classroom can be found in the links below:
- A Social Network Can Be a Learning Network, an essay Derek Bruff wrote for the Chronicle in 2011 that provides a theoretical framework for using Twitter, http://chronicle.com/article/A-Social-Network-Can-Be-a/129609/
- Two blog posts written by Derek: Structured Twitter Assignments http://derekbruff.org/?p=1798 and Tweets about Tweeters, http://derekbruff.org/?p=881.
- Vivian Finch’s hastac post “Adventures in Twitter Fiction”: Student Generated Digital Storytelling and the Foreign Language Classroom“
- Tweeting reading responses: an interactive alternative to response papers
- Using Twitter as a Pedagogical Tool: Tweet Jam
- Teaching with Twitter – Please check your baggage at the door