Week 10 Readings

As we’ve discussed in previous readings, the integration of technology, in this case social media, and the classroom carries many benefits for students if handled correctly by the educator. Twitter in particular is an interesting medium for use in the classroom as it’s more limited than other social media platforms given it’s character limit. As someone that has never really used twitter before, I’m still not sure of how exactly one can effectively use it within the classroom. None of the ideas given in Twitter for Academia really stood out to me; to me, they all seemed a bit too good to be true or would, at least on the surface, have little to no advantages over other sorts of social media. Twitter seems like an inadequate platform for consistent use within the classroom, of course it can have a place as simply a public sharing medium – which is a use that can also be satisfied using something like Facebook or other social media. Though, something that twitter can do for students, particularly those intending to work in public history or history education, is that it trains you to be able to briefly get your point across and do it in an effective way.

For teachers, however, Twitter may be a more effective tool than for students. As already noted, to me, Twitter’s main use would be as a brief public sharing hub with the ability to connect individuals from across long distances. Where this ability to connect individuals may be lost on many students who’d only primarily connect with individuals within a set group rather than exploring and including potential strangers that may have something to add to their conversation. Teachers, on the other hand, should always be looking to improve their methods and connecting with other teachers would be a great way to go about doing this – especially for new teachers who may need help adjusting to life within the classroom. Stepping Through the Looking Glass: Twitter for Educators echos a similar opinion that Twitter is a good medium for teachers to connect and exchange ideas.

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