Ok, so the progress of our hashtag is coming along. I guess I had a little bit of a romanticized view of how many followers we would be reining in from Twitter. It also might have been a little presumptuous to think that the kids would embrace the use of hashtags. In all honestly, I don’t really use hashtags all that often beyond the purpose of the tweet I’m sending anyway. I am satisfied though with the skills that they are demonstrating regularly with the hashtag posts from the Twitter Matrix. Below are a few examples of that.
— Abby (@11abby112) November 23, 2015
— Carlie (@Carlie1331) November 21, 2015
— ED Gaming (@EDbrogamer) November 20, 2015
This week for class I was reading a few articles about Twitter and it got me thinking about what was missing from my major digital project. I wasn’t really sure at the beginning how we would engage others through the hashtag, but even between the two classes I am trying this with I don’t feel like there is much engagement and connecting with one another. So for the second half of the project I have decided to make some changes to what I had asked of the students to see if that would perpetuate a little more connecting.
Every Social Studies class I begin with current events. I ask the students to share a story that is of interest to them from the news and then they can present it to the class and ask a question that will lead to discussion. We have been doing this since the beginning of the year, so most have it down in terms of information and how to ask engaging questions. I think I will ask students to do their research for new articles at the beginning of class and then post a tweet with a link to the story of others to read. Then instead of responding as a class we will hold the discussion surrounding the story online in the Twitter feed. At the very least I think this will help them get over that initial hump of responding and leaving a reply. But I also hope that they can interact with what is being posted to the feed a little more. That way I hope that we will see a little more connecting to what is posted, rather than the feed simply being a list of things that people have done. We will see how it goes…