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Twitter Circles

A quick introduction explaining how teachers can use the social networking site Twitter to have students respond to novels read in the classroom.
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Lauren Baxter

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Twitter Circles

TWITTER in the classroom What Is Twitter?
As the teacher, you should be familiar with what Twitter is and how to use it before introducing it in the classroom. Twitter is a social networking site that allows anyone to, in 140 characters or less, share what is happening at any given moment. These posts, referred to as tweets, allow the user to stay updated with the goings-on of anybody with a twitter account. Creating your own Twitter is simple. Go to www.twitter.com and click "Join Today." After creating an account, you will be able to start your tweeting. Once you are familiar with how to use Twitter (which doesn't take long), you should have each student create a personal account, enabling them to join in the tweeting. When you and your students are both on Twitter, you should be following each other. To follow someone, you simply search for his/her name in the search box and click follow. Once you are following someone, you will be able to see all their tweets. Just because you are following someone, does not mean he/she is following you. Make sure students are following you, and that you are following them. This will make your job much easier when assessing how much your students are tweeting. English teachers can implement the use of Twitter in many different literature projects. It can often be difficult for teachers to create ways of checking if students are actually keeping up with the reading for the course. Instead of constantly giving quizzes, teachers can have students tweet on a weekly basis the events happening in their novels. Because students are limited to the number of words they can use per tweet, they will have to have a concrete knowledge of the content to be able to concisely tweet the important happenings within the novel. Because Twitter is a global phenomenon, celebrities, politicians, and world icons have joined the conversation. In addition to using Twitter for posting responses to readings, students can follow reputable news sources like CNN or Time and stay informed with current events. Twitter is a great tool that can get students interacting with technology in the classroom. Who knows--maybe using Twitter will motivate students to take an active part in literary discussions and encourage them to be excited about reading.
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