SOS: Tweet, Tweet!

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Tweet, Tweet!

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Background

Many educators use Twitter to as a way to build their Professional Learning Network (PLN) and share what they are doing in the classroom. Twitter is a social media platform that allows you to share small bits of information in 140 characters or less. Robert Marzano shares the importance of summarization, stating “effective learners are able to sift through a great deal of information, identify what is important and then synthesize and restate the information”. (Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement) Using the Twitter format, this strategy engages students in the videos they are watching as they create “tweets” to summarize and share what they are learning.

 

Example

  • Explain to students that they will be watching a video on the process of Photosynthesis
  • Have students create their own Twitter names (for example, @MichaelDavid)
  • Provide each student with 4-6 sticky notes. Tell students they will need to write a series of “tweets” as they watch the video. These should be 140 characters or less and should be explaining what they are learning in their own words
  • Play the video segment
  • Have students share their tweets with the class
  • Organize similar tweets into groups and post them around the room
  • Have students do a gallery walk and reply to at least 3 of their peers tweets using sticky notes

 

Challenge

  • Select a video segment from Discovery Education that matches your curriculum.
  • Provide students with 4-6 sticky notes.
  • Have students create a @TwitterName.
  • As you play the video, have students write a series of “tweets” on their sticky notes in 140 characters or less.
  • Display the tweets around the room and discuss whole group. Have students reply to at least 3 tweets.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

To see other strategies in this series click here.  For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here.

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