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Using twitter in the classroom – from the perspective of students

This year as I reflect on 4 terms of amazing learning within my school here in Singapore I asked the students about their highlights. Using twitter in the classroom was one of those.

This year we trialled the use of Twitter as a tool to support student learning in the classroom. One major impact was its use in the development of a new modern learning environment that is currently being implemented ready for the 2015 school year.

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I asked the students involved a little bit about their use of Twitter to dig a little deeper into what makes them tick when learning through Social Media. Here are some of their responses:

  • I remember the thrill of getting instant replies
  • I loved the ideas that we got from people from all over the world
  • The ideas we got from other students and teachers were amazing because we didn’t think of them but they were so great and we are using them in the design of our learning environment
  • It was a great way to see other people’s opinions
  • It felt a little strange at first because we didn’t know who we were talking to, but once we read their profiles we felt more comfortable
  • It was really exciting because there were so many different ideas and opinions to choose from
  • People that replied to our questions were friendly and kind
  • Everyone was willing to help
  • Within an hour we got to ask more than 15 questions and get answers to all of them
  • We got several links, videos and articles to help us with our research in a 1 hour lesson
  • It was amazing to connect with other students and teachers who have been through the same situation as us
  • We made some connections that wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t used Social Media
  • We discussed ideas with a designer that we ended up connecting with via Google Hangouts
All in all this was an incredible experience that I highly recommend to all educators. WIth the support of my school and utilising the excellent digital citizenship skills of my students we were able to master Social Media use. Bring on 2015 and the successful use of social media to support a more diverse range of learning.

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Head of Educational Technology at a large International School in Singapore. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • What GREAT student feedback! My students will be wrapping up our PBL next week….Twitter would have been a great resource for their research!
    Planning a spring PBL and would love to use it with students….questions:
    1. Do parents give permission for use?
    2. Is one account used…Id assume we could create a class Twitter account?
    3. Whats rhe minimum ratio of student : technology to facilitate using social media in the classroom?
    4. It sounds like the students themselves accessed their info via Twitter….or did the teacher access it FOR students in a whole group or small froup setting?

    I’m sure I will have more questions! Thank you for taking the time to consider them!

  • Kia Ora this is so inspiring and gives me ammunition, inspiration to continue to think about pushing ahead with safely connecting students. Teach in an Australian school which has been 1:1 for several years, rolling out iPads this year to yr 7s. Despite this there is huge resistance to safe use if BYOD, use of social media, promoting research. The 1:1 rollout is almost just a replacement for the Computer Labs. Oh we could not use the cloud. No the students could not do xxxxx as I say this so inspiring. Loved that the students safely covers their faces.

  • I teach Twitter in my high school digital communications class, but have never had the students as excited as yours seem to be. I am obviously leaving out some element that attracts. I introduce the app as a tool for developing a personal learning network, encouraging them to find entities to follow that could offer insights/articles in an area the students are interested in. If the student is considering exploring a career in engineering, they should seek Twitter accounts for engineering publications and schools with good programs. If design is something they are into, find people/publications/schools with good design info to share. Likewise with anything medical or automotive or even Anime, gaming or art. My hope is that this will help them collect and archive information for passion projects they will embark on soon thereafter. Only a few students in each class end up utilizing Twitter in this way.
    I’d be interested in seeing how you introduced Twitter and how your class uses it. Could you share your lesson?
    @snidesky on Twitter

  • Loved your post and the passion and enthusiasm that comes through! Thank you.
    I am very interested in developing my own skills and knowledge through doc media (totally loving Twitter (@CMCinSwitz), but am really just a beginner!) thanks for the ideas and inspiration.
    Claire

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