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30 ways to use Twitter to accelerate learning

30 ways to use Twitter to accelerate learning
How can Twitter be used to accelerate learning? Here are 30! 1. Provide tips daily. Teachers can tweet to their students a word a day, with short definition to provide a constant reach of vocabulary. Teachers can also tweet questions/ new words and ask students to find the meaning of the words and reply to the tweet. 2. Set up a book reading club and integrate Twitter by providing a platform for the members to write a short review of the book that they are currently reading, or even provide a teaser for the members of the club about a book and ask them to predict the ending of the book. 3. Some students are afraid to put up their hands and participate in a classroom discussion. 4. Provide a place for the students to ask anything about the assignments that you have given to them. 5. Particularly in a large classroom, for example a lecture hall, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of students and often finds it hard to ask or answer questions. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. #educhat - Education

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