Location: MC 2036
Facilitator: Tommy Mayberry (Educational Developer, University of Guelph)
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 in real-time. How can we as educators, then, harness this global presence and popularity to bring it productively and engagingly into our University 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.
The above statistics were taken from Twitter.com’s “Company Facts” page on Twitter usage as of June 30th, 2016.
- Please bring with you to this workshop either a smartphone or laptop. A few laptops will be made available for use should you need one.
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