One social media tool that I love is Twitter! Why? In 140 characters or less I can send a message to others simply using a mobile tool and the Twitter App which is available for both iPhone and Android users. Most of our classrooms have Internet access and many of our students have access to a smartphone or tablet. Simply invite your students to bring these tools with them to class. You’ll be amazed at how easily they will be able to engage in what you invite them to do.
Here are a few ideas to implement a Twitter activity in the K-12 religion classroom or you can tweet the activity to your families, inviting them to engage in a family activity together.
- Follow Pope Francis, your bishop or archbishop and other religious leaders on Twitter. Here are a few church leaders:
What is each leader sharing? What is the message of hope, joy, or mercy that each leader is calling attention to?
- Use Twitter to share prayer intentions. Have students use Twitter to share a prayer intention through 140 characters or less with a hashtag, e.g., #stjp.
- Instant feedback. Have a student respond to a question you have asked in class. Use your class hashtag so that you can gather the responses all in one location to review using your cellphone or tablet Twitter App. This way many of your students have responded and you can quickly access who has grasped the material you have been studying.
- Pray Scripture Lectio Divina Style using Twitter. On Friday, read and reflect on the Sunday scripture by using the USCCB Sunday Scripture readings. Project the Sunday Scripture on the screen using a LCD projector. Invite the students to tweet the word or phrase that is meaningful to them at this time and add a designated hashtag.
- Poll the class. Use PollDaddy for Twitter. Use a poll as an interactive teaching tool in class.
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