Making Social Media Relevant to Learning
“Teachers are always trying to combat student apathy and University of Texas at Dallas History Professor, Monica Rankin, has found an interesting way to do it using Twitter in the classroom. Rankin uses a weekly hashtag to organize comments, questions and feedback posted by students to Twitter during class.”
(Be sure to watch the video to get a feel for how this works.)
I applaud Rankin for her visionary thinking and willingness to dive into social media! Her experiment exemplifies not only her willingness to innovate, but her understanding that lesson delivery must be relevant and engaging for 21st century kids. Twitter is a tool that many educators wrestle with to make useful in classroom settings, and Rankin has worked out a way to make Twitter applicable to academic life.
Through our PlumbBrain Micro-Communities we’re excited about the many ways we can social networking and other social media tools relevant and useful to schools — students, teachers and parents.
Entry filed under: Communication, Education, Kids, Learning, Online Tools, Parents, PlumbBrain, School, Social Media, Social Networks, Technology, Youth. Tags: classroom technology, Micro-Communities, Monica Rankin, OneSeventeen Media, Social Media, Twitter, University of Texas Dallas, UT Dallas.