I had this book at home, Twitterature,
where classic stories are told through the lens of twitter (if you are not sure how Twitter works click here). I brought it in and showed Tracey and she went all goofy thinking this will be great with her level 3 English class. She gave it a go and came back from her students tackling the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and turning it into a piece of twitterature.
The students loved it, what was evident from this process was:
- they were able to talk/write in a language that was common to them, using informal, tech-savy/text language that was creative and less restrictive and offered greater freedom than traditional opportunities used in class.
- It was difficult to be able to process and turn the plot into these tweets and was a fun challenge for the students that they really got into.
- It really showed that students knew the story to be able to concisely boil down the plot into a tweet.
- The students really enjoyed the process and wanted to share and read each other’s work (they had created their twitterature in groups), it was created and shared via the collaboration page of OneNote but the students got pleasure from reading out the Tweets, adding intonation and bringing alive the words. It was interesting to see what each group had brought to the task and the tone with which they had told the story and how they had played out plot.
Overall, a massive success of a lesson, one that will be replayed in the future. Why did it work?
A task that had relevance to students (in the sense of their digital lives) that required co-operative effort, that was enjoyable as it had the freedom to be creative but also provided a challenge and at the end their was a willing audience who wanted to see their work.