Digital Humanities

Teaching with Twitter: 5 Resources for Getting Started


Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing my experiences teaching with Twitter. I hope you’ll take a look at what I’ve been doing and share your own ideas and experiences, as well.

First, I want to share some of the resources that I have found most helpful as I have developed my own pedagogy of Twitter:

1.  “Practical Advice for Teaching with Twitter“. For me, the starting point for learning how to use Twitter pedagogically is this old post from Mark Sample over at ProfHacker. Sample answers some of the basic questions about how to set up a course using Twitter and how to overcome some common problems.

2. “A Framework for Teaching with Twitter”. The most useful piece of this post is a chart showing how to use Twitter, ranging from passive to active and from monologic to dialogic. A helpful way of imagining the range of what it spossible!

3. “22 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom“. My favorite thing about this post is that it organizes its discussion of Twitter according to Bloom’s Taxonomy, helping you see how Twitter can be employed toward a variety of pedagogical goals.

4. “Using Twitter–But Not in the Classroom“. This post discusses using Twitter as a way of creating conversation among students outside of the classroom. Much of my own teaching with Twitter is along these lines.

5. “Teaching with Twitter“. This post from an English professor discusses her use of Twitter as a pedagogical tool. Lots of great insights and advice for setting up your own classroom!

For those interested in teaching with Twitter, I hope this short list will get you started. I’ll be posting my own experiences teaching with Twitter in the weeks to come. In the meantime, if you have resources to share, please do!


3 Pitfalls of Teaching with Twitter

[…] 3. Twitter is too much extra work for the professor. Like any new pedagogical practice, teaching with Twitter can be a lot of work, particularly in the beginning. However, now that I have developed my pedagogical practice and found the assignment structures that work for me, Twitter doesn’t take any longer than more traditional teaching methods. I certainly don’t think everyone should teach with Twitter—and I myself only use it in select courses—but if you are going to invest some time in expanding your pedagogical repertoire, Twitter might be worth considering. There are some great resources out there for getting started. […]


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