Twitter OUTside of the Classroom

I tweeted a link to an article recently and used the hashtag that I use with my grade 12 World Issues class (#RHSScgw). This is what happened on a Friday night, after class, on their own time:

https://twitter.com/RHSSGeography/status/421678263887335424

Twitter has a place in the classroom (and in this case, outside of the classroom) if it is used with purpose. It is a platform for student interaction, engagement and discussion that should not be feared by teachers. It provides a voice for the timid or shy student, a stage for the student with low self esteem, and an audience for the student who, unfortunately, feels their ideas are not worth sharing in class. The potential is HUGE. We need to help students realize the potential social media has in improving or supporting their education. Check out how my World Issues students have used Twitter this semester by searching their hashtag #RHSScgw.

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