It dawned on me today just how many students use Twitter. When I saw that #mathsgcse was trending at 4pm and the exam finished at 3.30pm, it was clear that young people are using the Twitter tool to communicate about their learning/exams experiences. Some were exchanging panic/angst at the exam and reminded me of when I would huddle outside the exam hall after a daunting exam exchanging ideas on questions and worrying I’d got one wrong. Our students are doing the same thing, but virtually, through Twitter.
A colleague and I are exploring Twitter’s use in school and the classroom and we have recently both developed departmental Twitter feeds (RGSMusicDept and RGSHistory) which are aimed at keeping students informed about home learning, exam/revision tips, curriculum content etc. Its pros far outweigh the cons; it keeps students, parents and staff up to date on the life of the department/school and gives them a sense of involvement.
It’s not for everyone, but I think it could be huge. There are possibilities I’m exploring at the moment which involve cross-classroom links with my friend’s school in Texas and how we can use Twitter and Skype in a learning context. I’m excited about it.
I’d love to hear how other schools/practitioners are using technology in the classroom, particularly Twitter and mobile technology…….