276 students… 13 hashtags… 10 professors… The Twitter Experiment has begun!

276 students…
13 hashtags…
10 professors…

The Twitter Experiment has begun! This experiment began innocently enough – if you read my last blog post, you will know that it was basically a simple transition from me doing the work for my students, to my students finding their own interests and resources. My thought was that students would be more engaged in making connections to the outside world and would enjoy contributing to their own learning. The class I teach is a freshman class that covers the institution’s core academic competencies, plus our value competency of environmental stewardship. Continue reading

Student Engagement: Twitter as a Research Tool?

OK, so we all know that most teachers tell students that “Wikipedia is not a credible source, and you should never use it”….(I actually disagree with this statement, but that will be a different blog post.) But what about using Twitter as a tool to “crowd-source” relevant information about assignment topics?

Everyday, I check out my Twitter feed to see what people like me are looking at in the world. If I find something interesting, relevant, or intriguing, I pursue that lead. I can read the information or save it for later, pass it on to my twitter followers, or share it with co-workers who may not follow me (but they should). Continue reading