Twitter has always been one of my weaknesses. Not only do I struggle to create tweets that are retweetable, because let’s face it, everybody wants to acknowledged for their humor, but Twitter sucks me in for hours and I get absolutely nothing done. Which is why I deleted my Twitter accounts a few years ago, only to recreate one for a class years down the road (who would’ve thought?).

However, the use of Twitter for classes isn’t solely just to look at funny memes all class long.  One of the ways we used Twitter in class was to live-tweet. But why live-tweet? What are the benefits? Why implement Twitter in the classroom?

In The Art of Live-Tweeting, Christopher P. Long, a Philosophy Professor, states “I live-tweet for the same reason I take notes, it heightens my attention, forces me to become an active listener, and creates a record of ideas and resources for future reference.” So in essence, live-tweeting can be thought of as interactive note taking.

So in class, we put this “interactive note-taking” to the test, as Dr. Summers ironically gave a lecture on live-tweeting.

For me, it was absolute chaos in my brain.  Between looking at other tweets, trying to come up with a tweet so I could participate that wasn’t too embarrassing, and listening to the actual lecture, I couldn’t keep anything straight.


Fortunately, or unfortunately, I am not the only student who has felt overwhelmed by this situation.  In an article about Live-Tweeting Assignment, it states that “students can get overwhelmed by the barrage of tweets” which is exactly how I felt.  However, the article goes on to agree with Long, in that there are a lot of benefits to live-tweeting, such as it encourages students to be active in the lecture, rather than passive, and can give the professor immediate feedback on the students’ understanding of a topic.

This highly debatable topic about live-tweeting reminds me of flipped classrooms, and the debate revolving around that teaching style.  I have always been passionately opposed to flipped classrooms, as well as live-tweeting.

However, what I have found with my recent re-exposure to Twitter is that live-tweeting, although distracting, can be pretty useful if used correctly. Are you #TeamLiveTweet or #TeamPaperAndPen?




8 thoughts on “#TeamPenAndPaper

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  1. Honestly I think both are useful, which sounds dodgy, but it’s true. Especially in classes like this where dialogue is so important, the live-tweeting was informative. There’s no way I would tweet in a math class, since Twitter doesn’t support Latex yet…


  2. I am completely with you on this one. I am for sure #TeamPaperAndPen. Obviously multitasking is not an ideal case for a majority of society. For me personally, I cannot focus on social media and during class at the same time. So live-tweeting is and would be a horrendous activity for me, for I would not be able to listen to anything going on. I am not sure how people can do live-tweeting and still somewhat pay attention to whatever is going on. But I know that I can’t. So I will gladly take my pencil and paper and start writing.


  3. i think not thinking about what to write on twitter helps with live tweeting. just post something when you feel like it and get back to class. ill post something right now. done. But i like how you say live tweeting can be used differently than it is currently. but if i were a teacher or professor, no phones unless im included in the tweet.


  4. Until Twitter lets me upload my doodles in a few seconds without much effort, I’m #TeamPaperAndPen all the way. Trying to take notes on Twitter still feels like trying to type without a keyboard, it’s really hard and too restrictive for no particular benefits for me. How is someone suppose to get through physics without drawing pictures? Don’t even get me started in trying to use multiple note taking methods.


  5. As Peaceofkline said, I think its hard coming up with a good tweet and spending the time thinking about how we say what we say. When you take notes the audience is just you, and they only need to make sense for you. Plus I have heard a couple times that writing notes with a pencil is better for retaining the information than typing it. #TeamPaperAndPen


  6. #TeamPaperAndPen! I only used Twitter a couple times in my life before this class and am not used to it at all. I also felt a little overwhelmed and distracted by the live-tweeting. I wonder if live-tweeting is more beneficial and easier for people that are active users of Twitter? As someone who has tweeted more in the past few days than in my entire life, I would take pen and paper any day.


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