How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?
Discover how you can use Twitter as an educational tool. Whether you’re new to the world of hashtags and tweets or you feel like you at least know your way around a Twitter handle, this program will provide you with practical techniques you can use to integrate social media into your classroom.
Make Social Media Work for You
Facebook didn’t even exist until 2004.
Facebooknow boasts over 1.23 billion monthly users worldwide, with 152 million daily active users in the U.S. and Canada alone. Roughly 52.7 million Americans are on Twitter.
While the jury is still out on the long-term impact of social media on individual lives and society as a whole, this much is clear—social media are an important part of the way we live, work, and play today.
And social media is rapidly becoming an integral part of the way we teach. It’s not just a trendy fad.
Faculty turning to Twitter and other social media are doing so because of what connected learning can do for their students, which includes improving scholarship, enriching faculty-student communication, and increasing the flow of information within a course.
How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with James M. Lang, Ph.D., director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and an English professor at Assumption College, will show you how tweets and hashtags can improve teaching and learning in your courses.
This presentation will help you:
- Use Twitter to achieve key learning objectives
- Improve student engagement both inside and outside of class
- Use educational technology to expand and diversify course resources
- Demonstrate the relevance of course content
- Increase student-instructor and student-to-student interaction
- Protect student privacy
If used properly, Twitter has the proven potential to enrich your teaching.
Find out what connected learning can do for you and your students – purchase this 20 Minute Mentor today!
Product Code: PM14NA | Recorded 8/18/14
Maybe you’re wondering how a semester’s worth of 140-character messages could possibly improve teaching and learning in your higher education classroom.
Yet Twitter can play a vital role in your higher education classroom—the key is finding the right messages for this medium.
How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning? will show you how Twitter can:
- Get students more involved with course content—and each other
- Invigorate classroom discussion
- Prompt students to see the relationship between your course and the world outside your classroom
In less time than it would take you to clear a cluttered email inbox, Lang, a monthly columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education, will demonstrate simple, specific ways educational technology can enrich and expand your students’ educational experience. You’ll learn:
- The four things you need to do to use social media effectively in your courses
- How to use Twitter-based assignments to link your course to student interests
- The different ways course-specific hashtags can support connected learning
- How to model effective course tweets so students follow your example
After participating in this presentation, you’ll be able to:
- Formulate Twitter assignments and low-stakes assessments
- Design safe and privacy-protected methods for students to use Twitter
- Construct course-specific hashtags
- Use hashtags to organize and review course material and student work
Whether you’re new to the world of hashtags and tweets or you feel like you at least know your way around a Twitter handle, How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?will provide you with practical techniques you can use to integrate social media into your classroom.
This session will be helpful for teaching faculty in all disciplines, at all kinds of institutions.
James M. Lang, Ph.D. is professor of English and the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College.
He is the author of Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard UP, 2013), On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2013), and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005).
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