How I Use Twitter In My Classroom

how i use twitter in my clasroomMy students hate writing, especially in math. To create a happy medium I decided to integrate the use of micro-blogging into my classroom to motivate my students to begin to at least use mathematical language in class. I thought this was going to be another project gone bad! To my surprise since teens love texting, they also loved micro-blogging!

In our class we use Today’s Meet and Twitter as digital tools to encourage students to speak and write their mathematical ideas and thoughts. We have been using Today’s Meet, but recently started with Twitter. Our class now uses Twitter as a form of writing in math for vocabulary understanding, exit slips, checking for understanding, and collaboration.

I created a class Twitter account and came up with 25 writing prompts for students to write on. I can now randomly give each student a different prompt and see where they take it. This adds variety to our Twitter page because students will tweet their responses and which in turn prompts other students to jump in and reply to the tweets. Engagement, interaction, thoughtful writing … perfect.

The Steps

Step 1: Create a class Twitter account.

Step 2: Have students create an individual Twitter account.

Step 3: Assign a time to integrate writing into the classroom.

Step 4: Create prompts for your class to tweet on…Visit my blog for a list of Twitter Math Prompts.

Tips: ~Protect your tweets and make them private. ~Monitor student use with twitter. ~Have students create an account using at least thier name, so you can recognize them for assessment purposes. ~Have students create a separate Twitter account for class purposes only!

Other ways to use Twitter in Math

1. Data Project: Use Twitter to collect data and then turn that data into bar graphs and pie charts. Students can then poll followers on Twitter to collect even more data and reactions. Speaking of polling…

2. Polling: Create a Twitter poll to collect data for graphing, prior knowledge assessment, etc. http://twtpoll.com/ (Starts at $9 per month).

3. Closures: Students tweet a summary of what they learned in class on a specific topic/concept.

4. Vocabulary Reviews: Give each student a different vocabulary word and have them tweet the definition, a picture, etc.

5. Final Reviews: Create a new twitter account for different units, topics, or concepts. Twitter creates a webpage. Have students tweet the Twitter account. Students can tweet definitions, rules, formulas, etc. Students can go to webpage to review.

6. Assessments: Monitor the learning process while students work. Students can tweet what they are learning, what they do not understand, or resources they found.

7. Information: Allow students to stay connected by posting homework assignments, upcoming assessments, etc. Invite parents to join.

8. Group Work: Collaborate with other students on projects and assignments while students work.

Have fun integrating technology into your class and Happy Tweeting!

7 Comments

  1. mike lane

    December 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    How old are your students Shelly? Twitter is such an awesome tool. My students are 10/11 years old

    • Felecia

      December 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I have 9th graders. They really do like using Twitter. I do have to monitor them closely because they will try to go on their personal sites while working.

  2. Cameron

    December 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Not sure if that was the blog you thought we should go to? Maybe check the link … not about technology at ALL.

    • Jeff Dunn

      December 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Indeed you’re right. The ‘blogspot’ was spelled ‘blosgpot’ and that led to a strange other site. The link is now fixed. Thanks Cameron!

  3. Hilal Al Hnanaei

    December 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Hello,
    I really like the idea and how you are implementing and integrating Twitter into your maths class. I just wonder if all of your students have previous experience of using Twitter or you had to teach them how to use it. I can guess that some of my students have never opened an account.

    • Felecia Young

      December 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Most of my students has to create new accounts, but it was very easy for them to get the hang of it. We began micro-blogging with Today’s Meet, so they were familiar with the process of writing using a minimum of characters. Since email sites are blocked from our server, many students had to create an account and activate it from home or their cell phone. We didn’t get to use Twitter until the next day.

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