Using twitter to engage with students: Tweetchat about the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Social Media increasingly gain ground as useful tools in education. They can be especially effective to open MFL classrooms up to the wider world by allowing students to engage with native speakers for language practice, or to research specialised cultural, historical or social fields of knowledge through access to experts.

TweetChatClaudia Gremler, Lecturer in German at Aston University, recently engaged in a tweet chat about the effects of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with A2 students from Tile Hill Wood School in Coventy. (You can follow their exchange on Storify.)

This allowed students to practice their German in a relaxed, undaunting
environment where exchanges were limited to 140 signs and gave them the
opportunity to ask questions and exchange views with an expert in the field. The
teacher who organised the chat, Bertram Richter (MFL Curriculum Leader at Tile
Hill Wood), gave a presentation about Twitter in the MFL classroom at #ILILC3, the ICT and Languages Conference in Southampton 2013, citing this chat as a successful example.

 

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Infographic: Mobile Lives of US College Students

Social media and mobile communication are becoming increasingly important in education. The following infographic shows how US college students use their mobile phones in their daily lives on and off campus:
Mobile Lives of Online Colleges

Source: http://www.onlinedegrees.org/mobile-lives-of-online-colleges

Infographic: Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags

Twitter is increasingly becoming a valuable tool for educators, both as a forum for networking and information exchange and as a new medium to use in the classroom. The following infographic gives an overview of the most popular hashtags related to education in the US:

 Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags
Compiled By: OnlineCollegeCourses.com

Infographic: Blogging in the classroom

© http://langwitches.org/blog/ 

Infographic: Teachers and social media

Some teachers embrace technology and social media, others are more reluctant to engage. The following infographic from Online Colleges may serve as a useful guide.

Surprising Info

  • Most teachers don’t use Twitter. They opt for Facebook and YouTube by a large amount
  • LinkedIn is preferred over both wikis and Twitter
  • Just about every social network can play a pivotal role in education, so it’s time to start learning about all of them!

(List taken from this website, infographic originally posted at http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/07/26/a-teachers-guide-to-social-media/)

The Complete Parent’s List of US Education Hashtags on Twitter

The US website onlinecollege.org has put together a list of Twitter hashtags related to a wide range of education issues, from homeschooling to regular education chats, from parenting to bullying and education policy.

Please follow this link to their blog to access the hashtag list.