The other day I was going through my Twitter feed and I came upon Tara Becker-Utess (@t_becker10) conducting a review session. My jaw dropped...SUCH AN AMAZING IDEA! I have used Twitter to communicate with my students for a variety of reasons and events, but I had not thought of conducting a review session. This is such a great idea, especially when you have students involved in after school activities. I am most definitely going to be doing this in the future. What was even better was that her students were also answering questions...EDUAWESOME!
To help my self remember and to give you an idea, I created a Storify of the review chat. By using Storify you will create a "story" archive of a discussion based on the hashtag used. The archive flows from the most recent post. Scroll to the bottom and move upward to view the great review session.
Here are the steps you will want to take:
- Set up a Twitter account to use with your students. Try to make the username related to your name, school, and or class- this will make it easier for the students.
- Show your students you Twitter account in class and encourage them to follow you. You may also want to create a student account randomly or have a student volunteer to do this in class.
- Create a hashtag (#word) to use for the class. Be sure to practice searching for it in the search bar. If you are getting hits, select something else. You will want a unique hashtag for your students to follow during a chat. Again, best to create a hashtag related to your name, school, and or class- this will make it easier for the students.
- Practice Tweeting a few to model for the students with your hashtag at the end. Then follow it in the search bar.
- Create an account with Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, or another Twitter management system.
- Model creating a column/following a hashtag for your students.
- Type your class hashtag into the search bar and search.
- Once your results come up, select add column to follow tweets with that hashtag.