Here the idea is to have your students select, and follow one or more people and hashtags that are relevant to the topics, projects or themmes being followed in class.

How to do it

You might want to do some backround research yourself here, depending on how twitter literate your students are, and how adept they are at navigating and finding what they want.

The ideal candidates to follow are people, or individuals, who post resources, links, and information in the field you are looking for, and are talking about the topic in the ways that you want.

Perhaps it’s something that is unfolding, like a scientific discovery, or a current event, so someone livetweeting the events, while supplying contextualising links and tweets would be ideal. Maybe it’s an already established field, and you are looking for professionals in that field who tweet about specific tiopics, informatively.

It might be useful to have a bank of people, and hashtags, in case your students are struggling. With a fertile enough hashtag, students can pick and choose likely candidates who post to it, and with a popular and informative tweeter, they might grab people from their list of followers.

Why you might want to

It’s a way to teach digital literacy, and a project based way to introduce, amnd practice, information sifting, source assessment, and locating reliable and good information online.

It loans itself very well to project work. Tweets are embeddable in blogs, you can storify them, you cab screenbgrab them, or embed them in other media, or websites (like tagborad, rebelmouse). It;s easy to make a visual, or storify them into an essay, or embed them in a presentation. And the variety and divergence of opinion, expertise, ideas and resources students can uncover can be hugely worth the investment.

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