Teaching with Twitter

The World Simulation was an amazing success this year, thanks in part to the use of Twitter and Jott, which allowed students to send live updates of major events through their mobile phones. You can check out the tweets here. Below is a video of the tweet-stream roughly synchronized with the events of the world simulation (sped up about 4x to compress all the events into less than 5 minutes.)

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17 Responses

  1. Fantastically inspiring, as usual. Other educators need a cookbook so we can replicate your experiments. Please!

  2. Exciting work yet again Mike. You’re dominating my tweets! Thanks for inspiring us as well as your students.

  3. Sharon says:

    Ditto with what Howard said – wonderful! And I would love to see the steps you took and the ideas you were attempting to relay, so as to understand how you create such fabulous curriculum, and send on to educators in the private and public sectors…

    Sweet concept and vid, and I loved the tech mediums you incorporated in for the documentation!

    Kudos yet again, Mike…

  4. Neil says:

    What were the “rules” to this World Simulation? Are they posted online anywhere?


  5. Alan says:

    Reminds me of the old Diplomacy Game. I have a feeling that there is probably a lot of learning (like some readings on colonialism and dependency) that is not encompassed by the video, which only shows a not-very-real-world game. Twitter appears to be incidental to the overall play.

  6. I have been wanting to experiment with teaching with Twitter. Still unsure how to manage personal & separate, multiple class Twitter tweets. Do you need separate accounts? Are you using some sort of grouping feature to help filter related tweets?

    I’m glad it worked well in this application. I need to learn more to see how to manage several unrelated conversations (like if I’m using it for several different courses).

    Nice work, Mike!

  7. Dylan says:

    i found the video runs to fast so you cant read the text. It was lost on my students. great idea in the practice though. Can you slow the titles on the video?

  8. Peter Hanley says:

    I’d like to echo the call for slower titles, and the request for the simulation rules for this experiment. It seems like a great teaching tool.

    Alternatively, a more detailed history/summary or even just the twitter log would be interesting to see.

  9. Joerg Ruckel says:

    Dear Prof. Wesch, thanks a lot for this experiment. Well, in germany teachers mostly negative to use todays communication-structures. It is like fight windmills for me…

    I follow you now on twitter and looking forward all new articles on this blog.

    Jörg Ruckel

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