Twitter and the College Classroom

In April, I had the fortunate experience of participating on a roundtable for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting in St. Louis. The roundtable focused on uses of Twitter in the college classroom and featured presentations by Ian Aebel (panel organizer), Matt Hinckley, and myself. Laura Fowler chaired the session and moderated the Q&A. Here is a video of the session:

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After the presentation at the OAH Annual Meeting, editors at Process – a blog operated by the OAH, the Journal of American History (JAH), and The American Historian (TAH) – asked if I might write a post on this topic. The post, “Don’t Put Away Your Phones: Bringing Twitter into the College Classroom” became available today. In it, I discuss my views on the positive ways Twitter, and other social media, might operate in a classroom setting. While the use of Twitter as an assignment can involve a learning curve for likely everyone, I believe that it has far more positives to offer than not.

Here is a snippet from the post:

Initially, most of the students seemed perplexed by the assignment. The majority of the students stated on the first day that they had never used Twitter before. Their response served as a good reminder that one cannot assume students are inherently familiar with social media or certain aspects of technology… Most of the class was reluctant at first, but within a few weeks, participation via the course hashtag began to warm up; by the midway point of the semester, online discussions were an established routine.

You can read the full post over at Process. Feel free to post any comments or questions below!

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