Livetweeting involves tweeting something as it happens. In this case, it involves having your students livetweet a book, report, or article as the class are reading it.
How to do it
It;s probably a good idea to set up a specific hashtag for this project if you expect a lot of tweets, or use the class hashtag if the tweeting is not going to be too intensive. If your students are all on board with twitter, and your hashtag is active, and has good information on it, then they hopefully follow it.
It;s useful to have all the tweets undera single hashtag for several reasons. It makes it easy to find and collate them – you can easily garb and display them on storify or tagboard, to sort through them, present them, or check out what stidents are thinking and saying.
It also makes it easier to spot interesting ideas, or student difficulties.
Why it might be a good idea.
Apart from the reflective opportunities it offers, and the ability to make those reflections transparent to you, the teacher, your students sharing their thoughts, ideas, clarifications, questions and resources offers them the chance to engage in a peer to peer ref;lective conversation. You get to see how the thought process develops, in a way that you might not in a discussion in a classroom. Twitters relative anonymity can work well here. Many people find it easier to ask questions, or contribute, in text formats, and the question, thought, or resource is recorded and available whenever people check in with the hashtag.
There is always the possibility that the person who wrote what your are tweeting about will chime in on the conversation, especially if you tweet about it.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Hello <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23h818&src=hash”>#h818</a> ! It seems that u are reading a paper that <a href=”https://twitter.com/roycekimmons”>@roycekimmons</a> & I wrote. I love the topic of ur class, & I hope our paper is helpful!</p>— George Veletsianos (@veletsianos) <a href=”https://twitter.com/veletsianos/statuses/386957070714830848″>October 6, 2013</a></blockquote>
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You are also iopening the conversation up, both to your PLN, and your students followers, and to twitter generally. And one of the core potencies of twitter is the ability for anyone to see, and engage with a public conversation. So, experts on the field, people with experience, or who have read the paper you are discussing in class, and people will other resources might chime in with their thoughts.
This can take a little bit of publicising on your part. Tweeting the hashtag, asking your PLN to help and retweet, tweeting the authors directly, and tweeting about the project with other hahstags that are subject sepfici will alll help publicise the conversation you and your students are having.