Social media is used widely outside of the educational environment. However, with an increasing rate of inappropriate use and cyber-bullying, the reaction of many schools is to ban the use of mobile devices and social media sites within the school environment.
A different approach would be to teach students how to use social media appropriately in a controlled and supervised environment so that they can use them safely and responsibly outside of school.
Benefits in using social media in a traditional classroom
- Catches the attention of students
- Increases participation
- Teaches students to use social media in a responsible manner
- Helps some students ‘find a voice’ and share their opinions
- Quick and easy way to give out and share information with a group
Ways that Twitter can be used within the classroom
- Create a class hashtag to post announcements and information about upcoming projects, deadlines, and activities
- Create project specific hashtags for project discussions and questions
- Generate class discussions that can carry over into the outside environment
- Debate topics where students have to defend their view in 140 characters or less
- Encourage students to use set vocabulary words in their tweet sentences
- Post additional research questions and daily challenges to keep curious students stimulated
- Use the class hashtag for students to post questions and share information
Adding Twitter feeds to Moodle
So … this one is for all of you non-techies out there who get excited in adding Twitter feeds to Moodle.
- Sign into your Twitter account
- Select Settings > Widgets > Create new
- Enter the Twitter username of the feed that you wish to embed
- Modify the other options (height, theme, link colour)
- Select Create widget
- Copy the HTML code