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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton L. Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is an instructor with UoPeople, is a blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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  • With all the forces threatening to pull it apart, building the workforce that will deliver on the promise of public education won’t be easy. But with the stakes so high, it also can’t wait.

  • Princeton Review announced it was pulling the school's 2011 through 2014 top 25 rankings for graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs.

  • As a group, schools are still mired in the mindset that technology is the innovation, not that it is a tool embedded in innovation.

  • Kids haven’t changed much over the past 150 years; our society has. So while my son still needs movement, still craves real-world learning, physical labor and ways to contribute to his family and his world, he’s expected to spend most of his time in a desk, in a classroom, with 20-some other kids his age. He’s not allowed to go outside at school when it’s too cold or wet; he’s expected to sit quietly in the library or auditorium during recess time. He’s allowed few opportunities for “real” work; today, when you hand an 8-year-old a saw or allow him to start a fire, people look at you askance.

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13 Creative Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

By Katherine Szlay*

Twitter Classroom
Photo by Brunsell

Long gone are the days when Twitter was underestimated for its limited word count. People believed that it was a poor choice of social media channel for delivering the thoughts of one’s mind. Now, educators are utilizing this tool in their classrooms in the most creative ways possible.

If you are a teacher and you wish to incorporate Twitter in your classroom, you need to take a look at a few ways how you can use the channel to your advantage:

1. Summarize Your Lecture
At the end of the class, ask your students to summarize whatever they perceived from the current lecture and tweet it at their profiles. This will allow you to evaluate the level of understanding within your students while improving their writing skills.

2. Message Students And Parents Directly
Email filters and scans often make an important message end up in a trash folder. Through Twitter, you can easily direct your messages to the concerned person directly.

3. Create An Online Gallery
If you are an Arts’ teacher, you can encourage your students to share their artwork on Twitter with a specified hashtag. This will persuade a development of support and self-confidence in the students.

4. Post Puzzles For Students To Solve
Post a new puzzle for students on Twitter everyday as a daily activity. It could be a math puzzle or a crossword puzzle. It will encourage intellectual development in students.

5. Play Word Games
Post a word game every day on Twitter for your students to solve, and then post the solution every day, at the start or end of the lecture, so you stimulate vocabulary skills in your students.

6. Create A Story Through Character
As a creative writing teacher, post a one-liner start of a sentence for story as your Twitter status. Ask your students to continue the story through creative skills.

7. Encourage Children To Share Facts
During the class, help children to share facts or stories that they found interesting. Create a common hashtag so that the knowledge is common for all students.

8. Play A Scavenger Hunt Game On Twitter
If you are a history teacher, make students work through an improvised scavenger hunt game. Drop off hints about the mysteries of the past and let students reach the end of the game, and get to the answer.

9. Tweet Important Dates And Assignments
Most common method almost all educators are using is Twitter. It can be used for announcing assignments and important dates related to the lecture, homework, quizzes and assignments.

10. Post Videos Of Your Class
Use Twitter to post live feeds and vines of your classroom in order to post a positive image of it. It will also create a sense of motivation in your students as they will take a greater interest in class participation.

11. Ask Questions
Post a revision question daily. You can also allocate bonus marks for the answer so that students take interest in responding to your request.

12. Generate A Discussion
Try to involve your class in a general discussion, it could be course-related or a general discussion. It will help you connect with your students at a deeper level.

13. Post Sample And Supplementary Materials
Use Twitter to post sample questions and supplementary materials for your students. You can also post additional pointers of the lectures that you might have missed out in the class.

There are so many other ways for you to incorporate Twitter in your classroom. Use the social media channel to your advantage for providing maximum knowledge experience to your students.

(*) Katherine Szlay is one of those expert dissertation proposal writers of dissertation mall who have contributed a lot to many online portals where students often ask how do dissertation proposal and get it approved instantly. She also keen interest in tech and education blogs.

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