Update to Twitter use with students

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This is what the hashtag looks like when I follow it in TweetDeck

I am SO looking forward to year two of using Twitter in AP Lang class.

This year we plan to tailor the question stems more toward the essay focus for the quarter, so students will briefly argue, synthesize, and analyze the articles we post on Twitter for them to consume.

My concern was that all too often students did not read what was posted but, instead, read and paraphrased the tweets sent by their classmates. For the most part, the students who I suspect did this the most often also scored lower overall on the AP exam. I am sad about this but I don’t have a good idea for how to combat it. I think I need to stress this year what the skills are that they are practicing and be more specific as to how their tweets help them on the exam. I don’t think this ongoing assignment made a wrong turn into “busy work” but I was not as explicit and transparent about what it did for them.

In terms of grading, I always got behind. This year I have the hashtag loaded into TweetDeck so I can do a better job of finding the tweets and assessing them in a timely manner.

Anyone else using Twitter with students and have tips to share?


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