Just a quick up date on the use of Twitter. I have to say, I am really enjoying this app as a tool in the classroom. Currently, I am using it with a year 9 English class, a year 10 English class and two year 10 Media classes.
Although it is in the early stages I have had a really positive response from the pupils and this is really encouraging.
On the English side of things, I have used Twitter as a home work tool. I've set year 10 a home work task where they have to tweet an article that is similar to the topic they are going to do a presentation on for their speaking and listening assessment. Once that is done they have to retweet a fellow pupil's tweet. They must use the hastag #ocsengcoops and tag my MrsCin43.
Similar format for year 9 only they have to tweet a description of a character from Romeo and Juliet. Again they have to retweet a fellow pupil's tweet and use the same hashtag. As a 'Brucie Bonus' I have asked them to take a photo of the storyboard/comic strip of the story line for the play.
Both classes were keen to participate in the activity. I was discussing this with a friend in work and he asked how I would 'police' this and check who has and hasn't done the home work. Good question, right? Well it is simple. Each time I am tagged I get an email, I just tick the name in my planner/class list and I can easily see who has completed their homework.
The Media class is a little different. We are currently studying Research and one of the pupils mentioned an on line questionnaire. He did a trail run for me so I could see how it would work. I have now made my own and tweeted it to see what kind of response it would potentially get.
I'll up date with the results ...