“That does not help,” some say, “super!” Say the others. Before you join one or the other opinion, you first have to know what “Tweet” is.

Twitter is a microblogging service that provides a form of blogging where users publish a short message, similar to an SMS, in 140 characters, independently of others. With the help of the micro-blog, thoughts and opinions are quickly made accessible to a wide readers’ audience.

A first introduction to Twitter offers, for example, the page “Web2 lessons”, are explained on the Twitter basics: How to create an account, how to tweet, what features are there? The page “Media Education” deals extensively with the topic “Tweeting in the classroom”. In addition to many information you will find a presentation, helpful links to articles and you can find out about different uses.

Since almost all adolescents daily in the Web 2.0 move, communication platforms such as Twitter (German: “twittering”) booming, millions of users communicate daily in 140 characters in the world, you could integrate this medium every now and then in the classroom. It is beyond question that many messages are nonsense and it can be argued that the social media promote the alienation of the people, because only “avatars”, that is, created figures, “which are assigned to an Internet user in the virtual world “, to encounter. But instead of prematurely dismissing Twitter as superfluous or “scrap of communication”, one can think about how it can be meaningfully integrated into the classroom.

Tweeting can challenge learners to reduce complex issues to their core and communicate in 140 characters. The restriction is enforced, the students must focus on the essentials and creatively deal with the language.

Possible applications, areas of application

There are various approaches: students can express themselves, for example, to an epic or dramatic text or a poem in 140 characters. Another possibility is to write a short story, like the Twitterer Florian Meimberg, in his account “Tinytales”. In a high school course, it is also quite possible that students repeatedly comment on a literary topic scarce, but with quality. Of course, the prerequisite for digital education is that the teacher picks up the written comments and integrates them into the lessons. It may also be motivating for students if there are “followers” who track the entries and comment on them themselves. This is given as soon as the classmates have an account and are followers with each other.

Execution

The proposals can only be carried out with preparation and introduction at the earliest from grade 7. In grade 5 and 6, the pupils can be introduced through the worksheet to write short texts by specifying a table with 140 characters.

The suggestions shown in the material are intended as a supplement to the lessons, not as a substitute for a lesson. It is also conceivable that the Twitter as a project over a half or even a whole school year carried away, almost every lesson is suitable for Twittering. However, it must be remembered that the students have to do the tweets (Twitter short message) at home, or you have the ability to use computers regularly at school, but unfortunately this is rarely the case.

All students need to create an account, it makes sense to use a fancy name and to assign a function to the tweets. In order to ensure the learning effect and make the account worthwhile, it should be used several times during the school year. It is also a good idea to combine the tweet writing with another learning content on the computer. Learners also need to be aware of some aspects: they need to stick to the topic, use complete sentences and the default language, not abbreviate words, and not distribute statements across multiple tweets.

Evaluation

It quickly becomes apparent how difficult it is to formulate content concisely and at the same time meaningfully. It is important that the tweets are regularly reviewed and discussed, and students should receive the score sheet to use to study selected tweets. It must be obvious whose tweet it is, so that he / she can work on any uncertainties.