Part 1: Spring 2015 Labs

12 Twitter with Shawn Peters — 05.08.2015

Shawn PetersIn the Active Teaching Lab on May 8, 2015, Shawn Peters shared how he gets students interacting outside of class with Twitter.

Key Takeaways

  • Use of Twitter-type activity to record questions needing to be answered
  • “Challenge students to summarize key takeaways in 140 characters or less.”
  • lets you very easily do a private Twitter-esque activity in class.
  • Have a conversation with the students about how they represent themselves, the class, and the university, via their tweets, since tweets are public.
  • Synchronous and asynchronous nature of Twitter is cool
  • Analytic tools around Twitter can be good for assignments and/or for digging deeply into current topics.

If you’re interested in getting up and running with Twitter, watch the videos below and try stepping through the Twitter activity worksheet we used in this session! You can also find Shawn Peter’s Slides here.

The Active Teaching Lab, a Faculty Engagement program, provides a safe space for structured explorations of cool teaching tools and techniques that your colleagues are using to engage students and teach more effectively. During the academic year, labs are held weekly and will be listed on the Active Teaching Lab page.

Shawn’s Twitter Story



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