Some college students may be introduced to instructors & courses that ENCOURAGE microblogging with Twitter.
Twitter is becoming a fast buzz in both media and celebrity circles, however I think that more teachers are beginning to realize the power this social media tool for learning.
Here are a few benefits for professors who experiment with Twitter as a teaching tool:
- source of news
- opinions of peers
- gain knowledge from experts
- live & archived tweeting in class
- capture lecture content
- add depth to lecture material
- build a learning community inside & beyond the classroom
For those faculty/instructors who might consider tweeting in class, I might recommend that you start up your own Twitter account and play with it. Also, be sure to read up about strategies &tools that to optimize learning with Twitter.
I personally like TweetDeck (an Adobe Air-based app) to organize & categorize my tweets. I can clearly see my messages, replies and content areas I am interested in at a quick glance. Some categories I use for tweets include: Higher Ed, Web Tools, Career Research, T.O., Students, etc.
Here’s a quick tutorial to learn more about TweetDeck:
Are YOU twittering with your students? If so, please share!