My Twitter Experiment, Benefit 1

I’m experimenting with using Twitter as a teaching and learning tool within my grade 10 chemistry class. This is the first time I’ve been this deliberate, as I’ve essentially required my students to create a Twitter account (if they don’t already have one) and follow me. (Note: For a bit of background on my use of Twitter in general, see this previous post here.) I plan on writing a bit more in depth discussion of Twitter at a future time. I’ll share my ideas, and a bit of the inspiration for using Twitter with my students.

This post will simply be a quick sharing of one benefit I’ve found with Twitter. That is, simply, the ability to communicate quickly and efficiently with students outside the classroom. Yesterday, I was in a department meeting and a student posted a comment to me using the class hashtag. What follows is best described with the picture below.

Follow the conversation to see how easy it was for me to respond to this student.

Follow the conversation to see how easy it was for me to respond to this student.

Certainly Twitter won’t prove to be the revolution that solves all of our educational woes. However, for this student it proved quite useful. He was able to compose his blog post because I could help him navigate the pragmatics of finding his saved drafts.

Now I have some blog posts to read, including one from the student above.

Until next time.
Lowell

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