Question: How can teachers use Twitter to facilitate discussion, relay information and create collaboration?
The focus of the ISTE Standard 2 is to help facilitate the use of digital media in the classroom in an effort to create quality discussion and effective collaboration between teachers and students. According to the National Education Association, the social media phenomenon, Twitter, is being used by educators ‘to enrich their classrooms.’ Teachers are using Twitter to review previous lessons, remind students of future lessons and create discussion in 140 characters or fewer. Students are then able to post questions or comments which facilitates discussion and collaboration. One teacher claimed that he used Twitter to keep his students thinking after class had ended. Michelle Lampinen, a high school teacher, makes use of blogging by creating lessons that ‘address multiple Common Core standards, hold students accountable while minimizing stress, be structured enough to provide clarity while giving freedom to experiment, be varied enough to keep students engaged, and get students to write for multiple purposes.’ Assignments such as these can also be adapted for use on Twitter. Many school districts around the country are encouraging educators to use social media to enhance their classrooms.
I love the idea of using Twitter as a mean for communication and collaboration within the classroom. I believe that by using social media, students who may be quiet or shy in the classroom, may find their voice among the message boards. Many older students are already using Twitter as a means of communication, through posting their own tweets and following their friends. It seems like a natural progression to integrate this type communication into the classroom as it has the potential to engage students in learning by using a format that they already enjoy!
Lampinen, M. (2013). Blogging in the 21st-century classroom. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/blogging-in-21st-century-classroom-