Steve Wheeler ist Associate Professor of learning technology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth. Auf seinem Blog Learning with ‘e’s hat er einen Beitrag zu Teaching with Twitter veröffentlicht. Darin zählt Wheeler die Top 10 des Einsatzes von Twitter in der Lehre auf. Die sind wie folgt:
- ‘Twit Board’ Notify students of changes to course content, schedules, venues or other important information.
- ‘Summing Up’ Ask students to read an article or chapter and then post their brief summary or précis of the key point(s). A limit of 140 characters demands a lot of academic discipline.
- ‘Twit Links’ Share a hyperlink – a directed task for students – each is required to regularly share one new hyperlink to a useful site they have found.
- ‘Twitter Stalking’ Follow a famous person and document their progress. Better still if this can be linked to an event (During the recent U.S. Presidential elections, many people followed @BarackObama and kept up to date with his speeches, etc).
- ‘Time Tweet’ Choose a famous person from the past and create a twitter account for them – choose an image which represents the historical figure and over a period of time write regular tweets in the role of that character, in a style and using the vocabulary you think they would have used (e.g. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar).
- ‘Micro Meet’ Hold discussions involving all the subscribing students. As long as everyone is following the whole group, no-one should miss out on the Twitter stream. All students participate because a sequence of contributors is agreed beforehand.
- ‘Micro Write’ Progressive collaborative writing on Twitter. Students agree to take it in turns to contribute to an account or ‘story’ over a period of time.
- ‘Lingua Tweeta’ Good for modern language learning. Send tweets in foreign languages and ask students to respond in the same language or to translate the tweet into their native language.
- ‘Tweming’ Start off a meme – agree on a common hash-tag so that all the created content is automatically captured by Twemes or another aggregator.
- ‘Twitter Pals’ Encourage students to find a Twitter ‘penpal’ and regularly converse with them over a period of time to find out about their culture, hobbies, friends, family etc. Ideal for learning about people from other cultures.
In den Kommentaren von Wheelers Blogpost sind ebenfalls interessante Hinweise und Links zu finden – z. B. zu Teaching hands on ICT and the usage of twitter oder eine Studie zu Technology Assisted Project Supervision.