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Twitter: Teaching Writing through Micro-Blogging October 6, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — danberenato @ 7:01 pm

As an Elementary Education and Writing Arts Major as well as an avid tech-user, I find it interesting to learn other venues of writing within technology. One venue I have been exploring is Twitter. Twitter is a powerful social networking tool that forces users to compress their messages to a maximum of 140 characters. Within these messages however, there are a variety of hyperlinks such as hash tags, which link your message with others of the same hashtag (#) (usually a theme for the tweet), shortened links, and interacting with other users by using the “@” symbol in front of their name. The interesting thing about twitter is that it requires a specific command of language and writing skills to utilize its potential.

To learn this set of skills, one must first experience the community first hand, making Twitter the perfect for teaching micro-blogging while building a professional network, such as what I am taking now in my Technologies for Future Writing class at Rowan University. I may be learning this in college, but what if learning these strategies started in high school? Students can prepare themselves for the real-world of writing, expand their outreach, and build a portfolio.

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2 Responses to “Twitter: Teaching Writing through Micro-Blogging”

  1. Bill Says:

    Dan, be very careful with the term “digital native.” Multiple, well-designed studies have shown that Prensky’s terms and descriptions do not describe at all the reality of how users interact with information technologies. many young people have significant fears and concerns when it comes to using information technologies nd many older people are able to use those technologies quite easily. Age is a terrible indicator for how human beings interact with information technologies. The term has been disowned by virtually everyone in the field of rhetoric and composition, not to mention internet studies, and many other fields. See, for example, this post by Siva Vaidhyanathan, the respected professor and author of Copyrights and Copywrongs and The Googlization of Everything, who references the even more esteemed Henry Jenkins.

  2. danberenato Says:

    Professor Wolff, duly noted. I was just trying to reference the article and my agreement with Prensky’s proposal of digital natives. This post was to be about Twitter and how useful it could be in an earlier learning atmosphere.


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