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Temple professor to his students in class: ‘Please tweet. Please do it.’

In one Temple University humanities class, Twitter is just another way for students to engage with their classmates and the coursework. Instead of banning texting, tweeting and Facebook on students’ cell phones, like some professors do, professor Jordan Shapiro encourages it, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “Please tweet,” Shapiro told his class at the beginning of the […]

Temple professor Jordan Shapiro teaches in front of a constantly-updating Twitter feed about class material. Photo credit: Tom Gralish for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Temple professor Jordan Shapiro teaches in front of a constantly-updating Twitter feed about class material. Photo credit: Tom Gralish for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Temple professor Jordan Shapiro teaches in front of a constantly-updating Twitter feed about class material. Photo credit: Tom Gralish for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In one Temple University humanities class, Twitter is just another way for students to engage with their classmates and the coursework.

Instead of banning texting, tweeting and Facebook on students’ cell phones, like some professors do, professor Jordan Shapiro encourages it, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“Please tweet,” Shapiro told his class at the beginning of the semester. “Please do it.”

Check out Shapiro’s essay for Forbes on the importance of using social media in the classroom. Read the whole Inquirer piece here.

Find the Twitter feeds for Shapiro’s class here and here, which includes students tweeting things like, “Don’t get me wrong, Socrates was a smart guy…but sometimes it feels like he spoke in a totally different language” and “I’ve never been more interestingly confused. #Socrates”

For more on how local colleges are incorporating technology into their coursework, read our coverage of the Digital Humanities effort at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges.

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