On May 8th, Shawn Peters from Integrated Liberal Studies shared how he gets students interacting outside of class with Twitter. We saw a few strategies and examples and then tried it ourselves and shared resources (check out the Activity Sheet) on how to make a Twitter Search Feed and embed it in D2L or Moodle! Finally, we unpacked the underlying pedagogy, and discussed other options (like todaysmeet).
Watch his talk:
And watch the Q&A:
- Use of Twitter-type activity to record questions needing to be answered
- “Challenge students to summarize key takeaways in 140 characters or less.”
- TodaysMeet.com lets you very easily do a private Twitter-esque activity in class.
- Have a conversation with the students about how they represent themselves, the class, and the university, via their tweets, since tweets are public.
- Synchronous and asynchronous nature of Twitter is cool
- Analytic tools around Twitter can be good for assignments and/or for digging deeply into current topics.
If you’re interested in stepping through a worksheet to get up and running with Twitter, try using the Twitter activity worksheet we used in this session! You can also find Shawn Peter’s Slides on Twitter here.