Many people write off social media when it comes to education. They don’t think that the two can survive hand in hand with each other. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how social media can actually benefit education. Some may have noticed that Twitter was not on the list, and that wasn’t because it’s not beneficial—it was because Twitter is so beneficial to education that it deserves its own blog post.
Twitter allows the educational lectures to continue well outside the classroom. Students can have conversations with other students and educators all over the world on a specific topic. Hashtags and Twitter chats allow students to find conversations on their specific topics.
Some schools encourage students to use Twitter as a way to participate. Rather than answer questions in the classroom, students can answer them via Twitter. This allows students to thoroughly think about their answers while also alleviating the embarrassment of having a wrong answer in front of their peers.
Students can use Twitter to share notes with each other too, which can greatly improve their comprehension of a topic. If a student doesn’t understand an assignment or a topic in class, they can reach out to other students in their class for help.
Teachers can also use Twitter to remind students about school events, classroom assignments or projects. Reminding students about these items via Twitter is much more effective than relying on email.
Twitter is a great way for educators and parents to work together. Again, hashtags and Twitter chats allow parents and teachers to connect with one another, which helps keep parents involved in the school and the classroom.
Like other educational chats, #PTchat is a great way for both parents and educators to collaborate with one another. Every Wednesday at 9pm EST, a specific topic is discussed. The chats last for one hour, and during that time, five to seven questions are posed and answered by both parents and teachers who are participating. This is a great way to hear both sides of a topic.
Twitter has the capability to harness the perspective of both parents and teachers and allow them to work together. Those participating may or may not be your school’s parents or your school’s teachers, but they are still working collaboratively for the benefits of our students.
What are your thoughts on Twitter in the classroom or as a collaboration for teachers and parents? Have you used it? Let us know your thoughts.
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