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?