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Have you ever considered Twitter as an ICT tool that can be used in the classroom? Neither did I, until I heard about a teacher who used this type of social media to his advantage.
Some schools are provided with special programmes that allow teachers to communicate with their students. Either an email-like service or an online platform for students and teachers to share material. If you don't have this, however, using Twitter can be a very handy solution. Simply set up a Twitter-account for yourself and ask your students to do the same thing. Whenever you want to share a link or just a quick message. Other types of social media such as Facebook can be useful too, although Facebook may require a lot more setting up than Twitter.
Apart from communicating with students, Twitter can also be a very useful way for students to put their thoughts into a short sentence. Each tweet (message on Twitter) can only contain 140 characters, which means students have to get rid of excessive words. I once made a Twitter account for a group where one student would post a definition of a word related to the chapter we were working on. By the end of the month we had a Twitter account that contained all the material they had to study and by following the account, they had to study less for the test.
- Internet connection
- Digital device
- Twitter account
- Easy to share information
- Great way to focus on writing short
- Very easy to set up
- Students are familiar with the concept
- Everyone needs a Twitter account
- If the account is shared, some students may post unrelated things
Have you ever used Twitter as an ICT tool? Please leave a comment!
Any suggestions for another ICT tool? Please let me know!
Irene van der Spoel (1996)