There is a question which is seldom raised about the impact of social media on young minds. Talking about twitter, there is a belief that the 140 character micro blogging site is not good enough to educate the little ones! You would be surprised to know that in a few places teachers have taken advantage of Twitter’s format to keep their classes engaged and up-to-date on the latest technologies.
Here are a few ways how twitter can be educational
1) Direct message students and parents.
Mostly e-mail filtering makes important messages go to trash so some educators may prefer talking privately with kids and their parents through direct message feature on twitter
2) Tweet about upcoming due dates or assignments.
One of the simplest ways that teachers can use Twitter in the classroom involves setting up a feed dedicated exclusively to due dates, tests or quizzes.
3) Network with other educators.
Beyond using it for lessons, teachers using twitter have a vast network of like-minded professionals with whom they can exchange views and ideas regarding social networking in the classroom and other topics.
4) Use twitter in classroom to create a career list
An assignment can be made for students asking them to set up Twitter for education lists following feeds relevant to their career goals while keeping a daily journal on latest trends focusing on the same.
5) Coordinating assignment
Rather than keeping up with host of papers, students can use Twitter to collaborate on different projects and keep a quick reference on any changes.
6) Follow the issues
Talking about emerging topics by asking the class which issues they would like to follow. Subscribe to relevant hash tags and accounts from all perspectives which might be of importance or a subject relevant to students
7) Indulging in role play
Computer-savvy teachers can keep history lessons engaging for children by asking them to tweet ideas and quotes from their favorite figures.
8) Jotting down and sharing notes
What better than sharing notes with just a click unlike writing them down as was done in good old days. Print out of the notes could also be taken when ever needed.
9) Sync with a blog
There are free blogging sites which sync with Twitter, posting notices of new entries. The teacher could perhaps put in notes there, an update of which could then be followed by students
10) Connecting classrooms world over
Teachers and students from around the world can collaborate on projects using Twitter as a communication tool. This would bring in new thoughts and cultures together.
11) Research friendly
Typing keywords in search engine would wield all the micro blogging ever done on the subject which would be an excellent way for the student to research ideas, opinions and movements as they happen.
Making use of social media in classroom is still a debatable topic. There are pros and cons of using such means to educate children. What do you think- canwe evade social media or try to include it in the present education system?
(Social Media Executive)