Your Two Favorite Educators
As Emily and Aubrey look back over the week they use their razor sharp wit to discuss twitter, tweets and Demi Moore.
Emily: My biggest concern lies in teachers using it only as a vehicle for reader-response reactions (“tweet your reaction to this piece” or “respond to the topic in 140 characters or less”). Those things are important in a classroom; however, I think the requirement to synthesize and condense an answer is so much more meaningful for students. To me, the most important skill is being able to answer a complex question (typically necessitating a multi-sentence answer) into 140 characters. That is Twitter in my dream educational setting.
Aubrey: I would agree. I want to see if students can make complicated arguments concisely. I think 140 characters holds them accountable. I also think that they spend more time revising and reworking their tweets because of the 140 character box. Such a feat cannot go unnoticed. Attention must be paid.
2. Who do you follow on Twitter?
Emily: I do subscribe to news sources like The Washington Post and The New York Times, sources that give me a nice overview of what is happening in the world; however, I love celebrities and primarily use this as an approved and accepted form of voyeurism! I of course follow Chris Harrison of the Bachelor (he always writes good tweets during episodes!) and Kim K. However, my favorite Twitter-lebrity is Ocho Cinco (formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, now with the team that shall not be mentioned). His tweets are priceless.
Aubrey: I really like @Slate’s tweets. But to be honest, I really want funny tweets. I obsessively check @davepell, @idislikestephen and @nprmonkeysee. Those three always make me snort, laugh and learn.
3. If you could have any Twitter handle what would it be?
Emily: Hmm…this is tough. Realistically, I wouldn’t want anything. For me, it isn’t about tweeting. It is about following. Any suggestions?
Aubrey: Well in light of the conversations this week about whether or not Demi Moore should change her twitter handle from @mrskutcher and in light of Hemingway’s stellar track record with marriage it seems fairly obvious: @theonlymrshemingway.