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Friday, March 16, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Leveraging Twitter to Enhance Classroom Learning (CTE253)

Part of Educational Technologies Week

Date: Friday, March 16, 9:30-11:00 am

Location: EV1 241

Facilitator: Tommy Mayberry (CTE)

Workshop description

Since its launch in 2006, social media website Twitter has radically changed our contemporary digital landscape. With over 310 million active monthly users – 82% of whom are active users on mobile devices, and 79% of whom have accounts outside of the U.S. – Twitter has become a prominent worldwide platform for the exchange of information i3D large metallic twitter logo on top of an open laptop computern real-time. How can educators harness this global presence and popularity to bring it productively and engagingly into our classrooms? This interactive workshop will explore Twitter from an educational vantage for both enhancing classroom discussion and networking as well as for authentic assessment. First, we will look at strategies for successful engagement with Twitter as users (such as crafting Tweets and navigating Twitter successfully) before we move into specific methods of implementing Twitter into classroom teaching and assessment. Finally, we will use Twitter as a launch point to identify teaching uses for other social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) as well. Individuals from all disciplines are invited to participate in this workshop: together, we will develop an interdisciplinary framework of strategies for and perspectives on the use of social media and Twitter in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

After the session, participants will be able to:

  • Craft strong Tweets and navigate Twitter successfully

  • Implement teaching strategies with Twitter into your classroom

  • Identify teaching uses of other social media platforms



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Room 241
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1