Is Twitter in the classroom a gimmick? Or can it really be an effective teaching tool? I’m agnostic.
“Using Twitter in a classroom setting can bring challenges, but some educators and students think it’s a tool that can boost the learning process,” notes a typical piece in U.S. News which goes on–also typically–to offer exactly no compelling examples.
I’ve been writing about teaching and technology in one form or another for over 15 years, so I’m no Luddite. If it works, I’m in. But I’ve yet to hear of an example of using Twitter in the classroom that uses it to deepen understanding, not just for bells and whistles. So here’s a challenge: give an example of effective use of Twitter in a K-8 classroom. There’s only one rule: you may not use the phrase ”student engagement” in your reply.