Are your students more interested in Twitter than just about anything you’re trying to teach them? Today’s digital natives experience the world in bite-sized chunks that can be quickly typed out in a text or tweeted out in 140 characters or less. So how can you leverage that in your classroom?
Have students use the tweeting format to communicate your learning goals. For example, when teaching summary, have them write their summary in 140 characters or less. They will quickly learn to pull out only the most pertinent aspects of the story. In math, new standards emphasize communicating mathematical understanding, so have students “show their work” by explaining their answer in 140 characters or less.
For younger students, you may want to draw or type out 140 characters as a blackline master to help them use this format.