How To Use Twitter in the Classrom: Stand Alone Instructional Resource
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Melissa Benoit (Teacher (K-12))
I really enjoyed your StAIR. Last year was the first year I experimented with Twitter in the classroom. And I did it more as voluntary thing with my blended class. The only way I used it was to tweet homework assignments. I liked that you gave the basics like how to sign up, what the different elements were called, and how to actually use the site. Even as a Twitter person (I have a personal one, school one, and Master's class one), I still felt like I was learning some new information and reviewing content. It seemed easy to use and I liked that it let me skip things I already knew and click on things I needed more help with. That's a great way to format your StAIR, especially with professionals who want to embrace the content. I liked that there were arrows and blue boxes to really highlight what you were talking about. As someone who is familiar with Twitter I was fine with the information. However, it may be a bit much for someone new to it. A few slides had a lot of text and several choices to click. It didn't hinder my use of the StAIR at all. I also liked at the end there were additional resources and your contact information. I would definitely reference the StAIR again and even use it to give myself a refresher before I taught it to my students or other colleagues.
One of the last slides listed the different content areas and gave ways to use Twitter in that content area. I was anxious to click on the Language Arts one, so I could get some ideas for my class. However, the different content areas weren't hyper-linked.
Mark Hansen (Teacher (K-12))
As someone who is just starting to experiment with using Twitter in the classroom this StAIR was quite helpful. Although I am familar with Twitter I experimented with the portion of the StAIR for those that were not and thought that section could be a great help in the classroom when setting students up with a Twitter account. the other section, which gave ideas on how to use twitter in a classroom was quite informative and I appreciated the screencast that gave a tour of twitter. It was a great way to model the various uses. I also felt that the quizzes offered feedback and provided an authentic check of one's ability to use and interact with twitter. Overall, this StAIR would be great for anyone interested in using twitter in their classroom and, with a few adjustments, could be used to teach students how to use twitter to enhance their own learning.
Very easy to download. Some buttons on the actual StAIR were a bit hard to find, but it did not affect my experience in using it.