Pupils to study Twitter!
PRIMARY pupils in England and Wales could be taught to master Twitter instead of learning about history. Every child would learn two key periods of British history but it would be up to the school to decide which ones. In an interim report published in December, Sir Jim said, children need a greater understanding of IT and they should be familiar with blogging.
“It seems to jump on the latest trends such as Wikipedia and Twitter. Then it has very traditional descriptions of chronological teaching of history. It seems to be about trends on the one hand, then political pressure on the other hand – the government didn’t want to look like it is scrapping traditional education. Computer skills and keyboard skills seem to be as important as handwriting in this. Traditional books and written texts are downplayed in response to web-based learning.”
-John Bangs, head of education at the National Union of Teachers
According to Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth whose research interests include e-learning, distance education, creativity and Web 2.0 social software, microblogging tool has obvious potential to be used in formal learning, both in traditional online classroom settings and – through mobile technologies – for mobile learners. Here is a
5. ‘Time Tweet’ Choose a famous person from the past and create a twitter account for them – choose an image which represents the historical figure and over a period of time write regular tweets in the role of that character, in a style and using the vocabulary you think they would have used (e.g. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar).
Interesting concept, isn’t?
Let us ponder a bit of having implementing using the power of Web 2.0 for the education system in our “Cyber island”. We already notice the use of Moodle being implemented at VCILT, UoM CSE department, MIE and amongst other institutions. It goes undeniable that many students take references from the Free Online Encyclopedia, Wikipedia. What about
Shall we have one day to follow Mahe de Labourdonnais or Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the Father of the Nation on Twitter? The tweets being posted by History students (Primary or secondary level) on for eg. Who was Labourdonnais?