At Minneapolis Roosevelt High
School, chalkboards are out and Twitter and instant messaging are in. “You got Wikis, iMovie, PowerPoint, iPhoto.” “Most of the time, we’re dealing
with computers, searching Web sites.” Thanks, in part, to the University of
Minnesota’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, these students at Roosevelt
are weaving the social Web sites they use on a daily basis with traditional
courses like English. “My take on education is that
if you don’t engage the kids, you might as well be talking to the wall.” Roosevelt teacher Delainia Haug says
using social sites like Twitter, has significantly increased student engagement. Haug says students use social sites like
Facebook and Twitter to communicate outside of class, so it only makes
sense to use those tools to get the kids communicating during class. “The point is to get them engaged and make
it pertinent to them, but I’m still sneaking in there all the things that I know
are good English language arts, teaching, learning skills.” “It’s all part of the University’s DigMe
program, that’s short for digital media. The DigMe program brings the U’s expertise
in technology, literacy and learning into Minneapolis high school
classrooms to raise the engagement and academic achievement of the students.” “We know, from previous research, that
engagement is important for achievement.” U of M Educational Researcher Cynthia
Lewis, who leads the U’s partnership with Roosevelt high school, says using
social media serves two purposes; number one, catching the attention of the students
and increasing their participation. Number two, preparing them for communicating
in tomorrow’s new media landscape. “We know that digital media engages
young people and because we know that 21st century literacies
are all about digital media.” And the students love the program. “I love this class a lot. It’s the best class so far that I have.” For the University of Minnesota,
I’m Justin Ware.

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26 thoughts on “Twitter in the classroom?

  • March 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm
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    Awesome stuff. Don't forget EDMODO at 0:37 and 1:53, another great web application for the classroom!

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  • April 8, 2009 at 1:06 am
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    thats awesome !
    so much macbooks !!!

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  • April 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm
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    That is awesome….Engagement is happening…

    how is the achievement???
    how are their API and APY scores???
    no statistics were given on that….hmmmmm????

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  • April 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm
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    Mother Nature's falling down, falling down…

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  • April 26, 2009 at 2:08 am
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    wow that is so cool. i wish we have that in our education system here in Manila..

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  • June 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm
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    IntelligentCreature: since when has the students learning anything counted?

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  • June 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm
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    Hmmm, no wonder incoming college freshman can't read.

    Seriously; there was a time (10 years ago) when the better mathematics students had no trouble reading and understanding an applications problem. Now, very few of them can, including those who can actually do the mathematics.

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  • August 12, 2009 at 9:25 pm
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    awesome twitter in the classroom man thanks for this video i really love it and if u have a twitter account follow me on twitter and i will follow u back my name on twitter is dante9359

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  • September 16, 2009 at 1:56 am
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    subcribe to me everyone who sees this and dont spam this either!

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  • September 29, 2009 at 3:41 am
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    Where can we find out more about how the curriculum or learning outcomes are being expressed via twitter and Facebook activities? What are the kinds of activities which are being used? But, overall, great approach!

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  • August 31, 2010 at 4:21 pm
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    You should try to get on Twitter or Facebook in our school.. It's all blocked and you get detention.. 🙁

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  • October 25, 2010 at 2:04 am
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    AND U WONDER WHY KIDS BECOME MISSING

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  • January 15, 2011 at 3:22 am
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    what the hell!! they get macbooks and my skewl gets fucking acer notebooks? gay

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  • February 4, 2011 at 3:08 am
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    our class uses mac books also

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  • February 25, 2011 at 9:44 am
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    Umm…this is all well and fine, but students (especially HS students) need to learn to communicate effectively without the use of technology. They need to be able to communicate face-to-face, written – not typed, as well as whatever communication they use on the computers. Don't get me wrong, I do understand the concept, I just don't think that it gives students the right message or motivation for verbal communication.

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  • March 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm
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    @derekbloxom this is not a gay-straight issue. your ignorance is showing.

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  • June 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm
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    @jimmyjohnson691 dude there is alot here lol, we got the best wellfare, so we got walks of all shitholes of the planet

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  • December 1, 2011 at 3:39 am
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    Ayee! that first girl who talked is one of my assistant coaches (:

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  • December 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm
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    I will use social media for an Adult online Bible Study. Thanks for sharing.

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  • January 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm
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    this isnt a good idea, this is a great idea!

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  • January 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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    So what about the people surfing facebook or youtube or some other websites during the class? Who knows they could be playing flash games too !

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  • February 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm
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    lol

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  • May 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm
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    SOMEBODY IS TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND I DON'T THINK IT'LL WORK! YADDA YADDA YADDA

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  • January 18, 2015 at 3:03 pm
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    When we got to use social media in class we spent the period taking selfies and making funny faces. Learnt jack shit 

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  • March 12, 2017 at 6:53 am
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    I go to this school

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  • October 20, 2018 at 4:50 am
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    Aye!!! Class of 2011

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