Teaching with Twitter

Have you ever taught (or thought about teaching) with Twitter? It seems like a daunting experiment, and admittedly I have never tried it. However, I came across a free plug-in for PowerPoint called AutoTweet that  contains a number of tools that allow you to embed Twitter conversations and voting into your presentation. It works with PowerPoint 2003 and 2007, but tests fine for PowerPoint 2010 as well. It’s like clickers gone wild!

Consider the possibilities of Twitter in the classroom. Having a backdrop of running tweets may seem like a distraction, and possibly it is, but it also provides a window into the minds of your students. Knowing what students are thinking makes it easier to identify misunderstandings, which makes redirecting instruction much easier. It’s the Web 2.0 version of the Think Aloud strategy, which has been successfully used for teaching reading comprehension, but has definite implications for 21st century literacies as well.

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