Paper Tweets: Practicing Microblogging with Simple Technology

One of the biggest problems I see in student writing is the lack of meaningful sentences. Microblogging has offered a way to help students develop sentence writing skills as they work with limitations and share with a potentially huge audience.

Since we didn't have enough digital devices for everyone, we wrote Tweets that were limited to three lines. Restrictions challenged my students to be more creative and careful with their word choices and sequence of ideas. 

Students posted on the board, but the paper tweets could have also been posted in the hallway or on chart paper to access later for review. Photos of the paper tweets can be taken to establish a more content rich sharing experience on any number of social media outlets.

Using Twitter would be ideal, but sometimes we can't because of technological limitations or even lack of student interest in Twitter. It's not something you can't force on them.

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