One of my ideas for our presentation on exit surveys was to host a live twitter chat where class members could ask questions during the presentation and then we asked them to post a final tweet summarizing what they learned about exit surveys during our presentation. It was a lot of fun and could be used in many secondary classrooms as a means for collecting student feedback. I have seen several live twitter walls/backchannel websites in the past, but for this presentation, I chose to use Visible Tweets and Twijector.
A couple of weeks later, I set up the twitter backchannel again for our closing presentations. I connected a second projector to a computer running live broadcast of our class hashtag #csdendorse using Twijector (click to see the feed). I thought it would be fun to post responses to everyone's final projects in a group discussion forum. Visible Tweets (click to see the live feed) creates a beautiful, albeit less functional, version of the same information.
All you need to get started is a twitter account (students probably already have one), a class hashtag (you can make this up, just be consistent), and a projector (though you don't need to project the live feed for this to work.)
- Exit surveys. Ask students to tweet what they learned in class today using a class #hashtag.
- Class discussions. Students who might be reluctant to ask questions in class can post questions and responses to twitter.
- Historical reenactments: students can play the role of a historical figure and can send timed messages to relive a historical event. Read about an example of this from our endorsement class HERE.
Leave a comment below to share ideas about how you might use exit surveys and/or twitter as an assessment tool.