Everyone â€“ from teachers to parents to students â€“ is using this renowned social microblogging website, Twitter. The best thing about Twitter is that you do not even require having a Twitter account to read what other people are sharing â€“ all that you require is to know the Twitter username of the particular person you wish to read about. Thatâ€™s why Twitter is popular among parents, teachers, students and almost everyone else. The 140-character length of Tweets makes kids write, revise and rewrite precise and concise messages. Also, for the ease of networking through Twitter, this microblogging site is preferred by teachers and students as a platform to share knowledge. Following are some effective ways to help back to school kids connect with their teachers, classmates and parents through Twitter:
- Use Geo Tag and monitor what is being discussed
The Twittermap.com will enable you to Geo Tag your classmates and teachers and their posts. Thus, you can monitor topics that are being mostly discussed. In the same way, Twitterfall.com allows users to write names of certain topics and search for discussions and information pertinent to the keyword.
- Call for summary on certain topics or conceptÂ Â
Use Historicaltweets.com to see the history of Tweets of famous people and how they brief their ideas and their views on certain topics. You can also get tips on how to articulate your ideas precisely and accommodate your perspectives within 140 characters. Teachers can also call for a Tweet dialog or a debate on two characters or themes among students and each student can express his/her unique views and share them instantly on Twitter.
- Evolve a story on Twitter â€“ create a Tweetstory
Whether you are a student or a teacher, you can comfortably work on this. First, initiate a theme or a genre like adventure, fairy tale and real-life story, etc. and start with an opener, a Tweet from your account. Now, ask your Twitter followers to continue with the story by following your Tweets and incorporating previous Tweets from Twitterfall.com. Teachers can ask students to collate the best Tweets on a certain story, edit and structure the story. Thus, Twitter is a great media for enhancing editing skills of back to school kids, as it intrigues them to learnâ€“ after all, social media binds kids across all ages.
- Let parents get updates on classroomÂ
If you are a student yourself, you can allow your parents to get an insight into your classroom. Sharing the vocabulary you learnt in school (new words, concepts and terms, etc) and enabling them to track the details of your recently-held workshop is now easy. You just need to invite your parents to follow you on Twitter. Regardless of whether they are in office or at home, they can keep a tab on all your updates, all the time.
You can also monitor opinions and graph on Twitter polls on controversial issues. In this way you can also enhance your knowledgebase on current affairs.