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Tweeting Together: Building Community and Engaging Students in Learning


Social networking is increasingly prevalent in education, with uses varying from engaging students in learning to community building. The growing demand for global competence and international communication and collaboration in today’s world makes “tweeting” in the classroom all the more important.

 As educators, we recognize that our students need to continue to build community even beyond the four walls of the classroom. Empirical studies have found benefits to tweeting in the classroom, but how should we effectively use this tool? Join Dr. Anderson, recently recognized internationally with a knighthood for her innovations, as she describes a microblogging project designed to build community in language teaching and discusses its implementation and its benefits.

 About the Facilitator

Lara Lomicka Anderson, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, has shared her successful use of technology to promote French through scholarly articles, presentations on foreign language teaching techniques at academic conferences, and through her work as chairman of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on Telematics and New Technologies. Anderson’s creative use of Twitter and other technology to teach and promote French has earned her knighthood by the French government.

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

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