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#winning Approaches to Teaching with Twitter and other Digital Media

Paula Patch, Lecturer in English, Elon University

Dan Reis, Instructional Technologist in Teaching and Learning Technologies, Elon University

What choices about audience, voice, and purpose do students make when they use Twitter, Facebook, text messaging, and other digital media? How can faculty help students understand to think critically about the ways they communicate using social media and how the same rhetorical decision-making applies to more traditional forms of communication? How do faculty address the challenges of allowing students to access social media during class? The presenters will discuss ways faculty can help students be more careful and responsible users of social media by teaching students to critically analyze tweets and text messages, and asking students to extend this thinking to develop research projects about digital literacy. If you are new to Twitter, an overiew will be included in the presentation.

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