TEACHING in TWITTER

Daisy Pignetti of the English department requires her English 101 students to tweet on a regular basis. “The more students write, the more they will grow as writers,” she said. Twitter, a social network site, is an avenue for contributors to ask questions and give answers, to tweet in 140 characters or fewer. Each student is required to open a Twitter account.
 
Pignetti’s students keep a journal of their tweets – a minimum of 100 is required. The theme and goal of the assignment is for students to reflect on the impact of technology on their lives. For the final exam, the students are to write a short technology literacy autobiography using their Twitter timeline.
 
The use of Twitter also connects in-class students with those who study online. “If we didn’t have Twitter, there wouldn’t be any form of connection at all,” one student said.

Summer Outlook 2012