My students have written 500-word stories about major occasions ranging from the Declaration of Independence to President Kennedy's inaugural address to Princess Diana's eulogy to Obama's "Yes, We Can" speech. They typically get one to two hours to finish. These days, competition and the Web require journalists to rattle off updates much more quickly. Using Twitter -- specifically live tweeting as the YouTube video plays on the classroom screen -- will help move my students toward the six outcomes cited in Tenore's column above.
Here are a few other ideas, in addition to all those presented in the weblinks shared above, I'm considering for this semester:
* Having my students live tweet when we have guest speakers in class, in hopes that more learning and interaction will happen.
* Having each student live tweet from events outside of class, then using classmates' tweets to create Storifys with text, images, videos, weblinks -- whatever helps best tell the story.
* Having them tweet three things learned each session before leaving class.
* Having each student add their own Twitter feeds to their class blogs.
* Having them follow a media company's Twitter feed -- and or maybe that of an entertainer, business titan, political leader or professional athlete -- to study how it impacts branding.