If your teacher created a twitter page for your class, would you be more active? Would it help you any way?
This question was asked in one of Steve Buttry’s latest blogs.
In my opinion, having a twitter page for each of my classes would help me a great deal. The teacher wouldn’t have to use the page as much as us younger folks do. However, if the teacher updated the past even a couple times a week would be very helpful. For example, the page would allow instant feedback between teacher and student in regards to questions about assignments, when projects are due and any problems that may come up to a student while completing a assignment. Of course, all of these questions can be asked via email and in class, but sometimes people are afraid to ask questions in front of other people (I used to be one of those people) and sometimes numerous students email the same question to teachers multiple times.
Having a twitter page could solve all of them problems.
Last week when giving a speech last week at the Manship School of Communication, Buttry agreed with me.
Buttry tweeted out the question to his twitter followers during his speech and some of colleagues who are college professors had this to say:
“Great way to engage with students, quick answers”
“helps break down barriers between students and teachers. They see my personal life and I see theirs.”
“I learn more in Twitter chats than I suspect some students do in class! Engage to learn; experts abound who’re happy to share.”
Obviously, there are some teachers who have already adopted this new way of communication, and from their tweets, it seems that the students and the teachers have been satisfied with the results.
In closing, I think that teachers should create class twitter pages to: answer questions, form a better relationship and keep students updated. What do you think?