In our previous post, we talked about Twitter, saying how to use it in general. Now we are going to take a look to its educative uses. This is a list I’ve prepared with the help of my friend Carlos Martín. I hope you find it useful.
These are only a few options you have with Twitter, but there are many more. Like the ones listed on this article called 100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom found in the site OnlineUniversities.com, where you can also find ways to take advantage of social media in class.
If you can think of any other ways to use Twitter , just leave them in the comments section and I’ll add them to my list.
According to the Wikipedia, Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. The most important characteristic of the tweets is that they are limited to 140 characters.
Twitter can be used for different purposes: professional, personal, educational, etc. These are some of its features:
Nowadays most important events (sports, politics, economy, culture, showbusiness, etc.) can be followed on Twitter. What is more, you can read tweets from everywhere using a PC, laptop or smartphone. So now you don’t have to worry if you’re out and you want to know what’s happening around certain issue, how the Oscar’s Ceremony is going or if your team has scored any goal.
The only thing that you have to do is register and you can start tweeting. There are multiple way of reading and writing tweets, though the easiest and fastest way is using the Twitter official website. Here you can find a list of services and applications that can be used to read and write tweets from PCs, Macs or smartphones.
As we said before, people use Twitter for different purposes:
Common Craft is a group of people that work on creating videos to explain things. Their videos are simple and effective and use English in a clear and understandable way. Besides videos include their transcripts, so no intermediate student will have problems picking the language. Apart from Twitter, you have other videos about society, technology and money. Many of their videos can be also found in other languages, including Spanish. Twitter is explained in this site with two videos I’ll leave at the end of this post with their transcription. I hope you enjoy them.
You can read the transcript of this video here
If you want to read the transcript of this video click here.
I can promise you that writing a blog demands a lot of work, but if you add the creation and maintenance of wikis, sites, etc. All the time in the world is not enough.
Carlos Martín works as an English teacher at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Los Cristianos and is a pioneer in the use of web 2.0 in his teaching practice. Let’s take a look at the things he is using with his students right now:
Carlos’s English Corner: This is Carlos’ blog. It’s similar to our blog and he uses it to publish links, references to sites, etc.
My English Site: This is a site that Carlos Martín has created to share materials and interesting links with his students. I especially recommend you the section where he includes places you can find native speakers for a language exchange, it’s at the home page.
Shared items in Google Reader: In this site Carlos adds links to podcasts and activities he finds interesting for his students.
Now it’s the moment to visit Carlos Martín’s sites and leave the comment here with your opinion. See you!