How Does Twitter Impact Our Kids Education, Anyway?

“You cannot claim that twitter has a direct impact on student learning? It may help with communications, but student learning, really?”

This question struck me, not because it was new, but that I knew–in that moment–I must answer with greater clarity.

So, now I’m here–sitting in my dining room–ready to state my case–at least in part.

For today’s post I’ll highlight Twitter Chats.

Twitter Chats

One of the best tools on Twitter are the educational chats. They serve to educate, inform, and communicate ideas surrounding a certain topic.

The benefits include:

  1. A chance to learn from an expert in the field.
  2. Collaborate and learn from peers.
  3. Communicate conclusions/answers around a question.
  4. Clarify thinking.
  5. Demonstrate/model digital citizenship.
  6. Create forward momentum in project development.
  7. Develop writing skills.
  8. Promote leadership development.
  9. Assess understanding of a topic.
  10. Integrate research.
  11. Develop critical thinking under time constraints.
  12. Foster engagement with technology.
  13. Build confidence and voice.
  14. Build tenacity.

Twitter chats–like anything else in education– can go as deep as the instructor allows. Teachers can create rubrics, checklists, or model for students what is expected in a quality chat. It can also be completely spontaneous. However, all of the benefits listed fall into the instructional standards of the common core, and can be applied across content areas.

The benefits listed for students also apply to adult learning. However, I’ll expand.

15. Maintain a love of learning. (When the well runs dry–twitter chats offer a great source of renewal.)

16. Prevent Isolation. (Teachers are part of a community, and don’t feel alone as they might in their classrooms.)

17. Foster humility. (Learning new things often requires failing the first time. It is good for teachers to remember what it’s like to be a student–what it means to fail and get back up.)

Positive gains result from educational twitter chats–it’s all about the impact on learning and moving forward.

I challenge–you as the reader–to add your thoughts. How would you answer the title of this post? How does twitter impact our kids’ education, anyway?



One thought on “How Does Twitter Impact Our Kids Education, Anyway?

  1. I wonder if educators would be more receptive to the idea of a meaningful 140 character conversation if it didn’t have the social media “stigma” that is sometimes perceived with a tool like a Twitter. Educators may feel more comfortable starting with a tool that is more contained in their classroom, like Today’s Meet. Once educators are comfortable with the concept, then they could move to a more global platform like Twitter.

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