Twitter in the Classroom. How to Accelerate Student Learning

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Communication is what matters much. We at Unicheck do believe effective teacher-student collaboration depends on the ontime information uptake a lot. Twitter is one of the tools that can enhance student learning and save teacher from a pile of tiring paper work.  

Students are used to tweet for fun. With Twitter it is easy to make learning a student’s everyday habit. Twitter in the classroom helps engage learners faster even if a topic is difficult to grasp. It is suitable for giving quizzes, getting student feedback within seconds, and keeping in touch with students’ parents.  

Bringing Your Students Closer

Understanding your students’ progress is a number one priority for every teacher. Thus, asking questions and getting replies to every topic helps you understand whether you managed to provide a clear and detailed explanation or not. The way students answer questions points out the general level of material comprehension.

Moreover, sometimes smart students may be shy and feel reluctant to share their thoughts and ideas. Twitter helps students feel free and share their conclusions. Let students brainstorm by sharing their ideas via tweets, ask students to tweet famous quotes or ask students to write reviews of the books they have read or lectures they have attended.

Initiating Collaboration 

Twitter helps students work jointly. It is an absolutely convenient way to discuss ideas and create a virtual environment of co-working. It is an easy way to speak one’s mind out and there is no chance for any ambiguous conclusions. Students may share additional information within seconds. Thus, the process of learning becomes all-absorbing. You may just post topic related riddles, funny questions, or videos.

Creating Hashtags

Hashtags with lesson topics give students an exclusive opportunity to track lessons they missed. Catching up with a group is easier. Any other person may comment on the hashtags, and a student who missed a class will get all information needed.

Writing News

Making announcements and news is another thing Twitter can help you with. Following certain rules will make your news notable. The news should be short without capitals unless you want to stand out from the crowd. Create your Twitter logo and your news will be easily found by students. Reminding students about due dates, homework or projects will significantly improve teacher-student interaction.

Expanding Your Professional Network

Twitter is a good fit for expanding teacher network too. All you need to do is to follow other professionals who are of great interest to you, create professional and evolving content and post it. Chat with others, so you would become recognizable. Chats give you an opportunity to get to know other people whom you haven’t followed before. Thus, finding out about new trends in education or sharing teaching methods and techniques will make every teacher’s work productive. The most outstanding teachers on Twitter to follow are Randi Weingarten, Jose Vilson, Vicki Davis, and others.

Wrapping It Up

Dr. Reynol Junco’s research shows that student engagement in learning has significantly increased with Twitter. The main ways of applying Twitter are not only about bringing students together, asking questions, and suggesting subject related information, but upgrading your professional skills by contacting other talented teachers. You will improve your teaching skills by reading education-related information and following hashtags. Twitter may be a means of saving your students time and help them balance school life and work.