Twitter in ELT

06-May-2013

While social media and education don’t always see eye to eye, the potential in integrating the two continues to be a hot topic of online conversation. Recently, I posted a series of blog posts about Google+ on BlendedMEC to evaluate for myself whether there was much merit in using the social network in an ELT environment. What I found definitely left me thinking and curious about how other social networks fared when it came to the ‘teaching test’.

Naturally it seemed only fair that we had a look at some of the other social channels we were already using. So this month, it’s the turn of Twitter. While we set up the @macmillancampus  account at the same time as our Google+ page earlier in the year, Twitter represents far more familiar territory for me. We’ve been using the platform @onestopenglish for a few years now and what I particularly like about Twitter is its simplicity and high level of interaction.

Over the next month, I’ll be posting a bit about how educators can use Twitter in the sphere of English language teaching. Next week’s post will feature tips on making the most of platform for those getting started – based on our own experiences of what we’ve found does (and doesn’t) work.
Stay tuned for the upcoming posts:

Monday 13th May- Do’s and Don’t’s: an etiquette guide to Twitter

Monday 20th May- Teaching ideas for using Twitter

Monday 27th May- Twitter as a professional tool

As always, if you have any questions or comments of your own that you’d like to share, do let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @macmillancampus and follow us there for all our latest Campus updates!

Julie

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