I chose Horton Hears a Tweet, an article about using twitter in an educational environment. The name caught my attention right away, and I smiled as they referenced that fantastic book of Dr. Seuss: Horton Hears a Who.
“We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”
— From Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who
Twitter has certainly created some noise. It is being used by young adults, businesses, social movements, musicians, and now has started to make a more prominent place in the role of education and specifically online learning. This article mentions how there can be a loss of activate and engagement in online learning platforms, but Twitter is way to keep the energy alive and buzzing for learning through the web.
The article quotes:
Without a high level of social presence, students can feel isolated and disengaged because of a lack of communication intimacy and immediacy.
It then follows with the comment that “2.0” tools have really been a saving factor to keep students engaged and immersed in the course content.
I would also agree with this, and seeing as how the next few generations will be using all forms of social media and who knows what else, Twitter would definitely be a useful aid in education.
Also, Horton Hears a Who is a fantastic movie, well worth an hour and a half of your time. WATCH ME 🙂