Students learn according to what suits them best, and currently, social media seems to suit every youngster. So, capture your student’s attention and incorporate Twitter into the classroom. In this article we will discuss 10 easy ways to do so.
1. Classroom Hashtags
There are many ways in which hashtags can spice up the classroom. Get students to follow a particular hashtag for news and updates, then, in the following class have a debate and discussion around this topic.
You can also network through hashtags. Create or join a group of a particular topic and talk to people all over the world. Students will be able to gain multiple opinions and various aspects of the topic/discussion and use this to gain a rounded knowledge, form opinions and build on critical thinking skills.
2. Classroom Research Tool
Your students will be able to run a Twitter search faster than you can blink! Finding high authoritative research materials on Twitter will be effortless, and it won’t even feel like work. Relevant websites, blogs, opinions, forums and visuals are easily accessible via the main search bar.
3. Encourage further learning
Give your students an incentive to push themselves. Run a Twitter classroom competition with a prize incentive; poems, reviews or tough math problems have been seen recently and with great response from students. This is also a great chance to promote your schools academic excellence as this can be seen online by all Twitter users.
4. Tweet about changes in the program
Are there any unexpected changes that your students should be aware of? Are you absent and you would like to inform your class they have a different teacher for the day? Has the class moved to a new room? Twitter can be a great place to inform students of real time classroom news as they are always on social media, and are far less likely to check an email. Also, notifications can be set up so that students don’t even have to actively be on the platform to receive the message, it will pop up on their phone home screen.
5. Surveying Students
Feedback from students is always useful! Engaging your class in polls can help you structure your lessons to be more engaging to your pupils. You can find out what they like/dislike, changes they would like, books they would rather read, activities they enjoy etc. This valuable information can catapult your class to the top of your students’ favourites list.
6. Coordinate and remind students of assignments
A simple and useful way that teachers can use Twitter is to set up a feed that is dedicated to due dates of assignments, tests and quizzes. This keeps students up to date and will avoid any students ‘forgetting’ their assignment is due. This feed can also address any recurring questions/difficulties students have about assignments.
7. Sync with relevant blogs
Twitter allows you to sync with WordPress and other free blogging websites. This makes viewing updates and posts simple without having to visit each address separately. Also, if students are blogging, teachers can review and monitor posts using the Twitter link, whilst other pupils can follow their peers entries.
8. Connect with other educators
Just as your students learn from you, you can learn from others. Educators on Twitter have a vast network of like-minded professionals at their fingertips. Why not trade ideas and insights into using the platform in the classroom.
9. Make recommendations
There are always a few extra tips and tricks we can give students to help them pass a test or get top marks on an assignment. Twitter can be a great place to recommend extra books to read, websites to visit or TV programmes to watch.
10. Connect with parents
There may be times when you need to connect with parents about your students work or behaviour; Twitter can be a quick and easy way to reach out to them.