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Twitter for History Buffs Presentation Edtech 645

Social Media edtech presentation featuring a lesson plan for a WWII activity using Twitter.

Hedreich Nichols

on 12 October 2016

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Transcript of Twitter for History Buffs Presentation Edtech 645

Social Media, Education and the Power of the Hashtag
Information Curation Extraordinaire
Social media has impacted the way we access news and current events as well as how we teach and learn. Consider the information on Instagram and spatial/mathmatical/linguistic intelligence @
and this infographic on social media use in education @
As a 10th grade class visits 1944 and analyzes significant events leading to the end of WWII...
Today's Star
Our platform of choice for this project supports blended learning, one of NMC's current top trends, by allowing students to learn about the topic in a digital environment and to discuss and examine content in whole group, small group and one on one online and face-to face interactions.

In addition to following the feeds, students will keep a journal to identify cause and effect relationships of events near the close of the war and comment on attitudes, mores and practices of the times.
In the journal students will also compare and contrast language and perspectives of real time Tweets vs. language and perspective of modern day replies.
Social media has become a popular source of entertainment and connection, and educators are capitalizing on that popularity to use these platforms during instruction as innovative student engagement and learning tools.
Facebook: Pages for assignments, updates,
and class, student and parental engagement.
Instagram: Top platform for 12-24 year-olds, highest engagement rate of all social media platforms.
Twitter: Student engagement in 140 characters. Tweet to summarize, remind and connect beyond the classroom.

Students will follow real time Twitter feeds to examine post Normandy invasion events and attitudes during the last year of WWII.

Twitter feed link for students:
The BIG Three

Many People Are Saying...
Share By Numbers;
For ELL(i)s(e);
Fifty Shades (-44);

Students will be able to read descriptions and evaluate events from a past as well as a present perspective. This activity leverages technology to address one of the Horizon Report's "difficult" challenges of teaching complex thinking by having students compare and contrast generational perspectives, political perspectives, ethical perspectives and diverse theories and opinions on war.
Reading Tweet responses, students will also be able to evaluate the modern day Twitter practice of constructing meaning out of events, particularly in this case where the past is critically viewed through the lens of the present.
Using Twitter for this activity will give students a unique view of history. Unlike reading
a book or viewing a film, students can actually be drawn into the moment in 1944 with regular updates; check your phone, you're
. Still, since there is no transporter, they will also read and examine response Tweets with a modern day perspective. Will they look more critically at "judgmental" posts or join in? Will students choose sides or just decide that war is dumb and should be avoided? Will they wonder how the Holocaust could have happened or understand how easy it could be to choose joining a cause over standing in front of a firing squad? Because of the idiosyncratic view on WWII that Twitter provides, this activity will help motivate students to be more thoughtful, responsive citizens by allowing them to live, 140 characters at a time, in the past.
Final Words

...Every student will:
identify 3 wartime causal factors and the effects thereof,
make daily journal entries featuring personal reactions to the war and commentaries on human behavior, and
use technological skills to navigate the Twitter site and post information to the class website from at least three additional websites used for personal research and extension.

Background music "Mesmerize" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License




Credits and Links:
Using the above link, students will follow wartime events as though it is 1944. Written in news Tweet style with accompanying pictures and graphics, these Tweets will immerse students in the brutality, upheaval and sometimes even euphoria of the time.
and a real time feed on WWII
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