Background: 4th class with a group of 7 students. Last year of secondary school. Intermediate level (on the papers; in real life, pre-intermediate/high elementary). Use Spanish to communicate in class, claim they cannot speak English.
Situation: Students complain (in Spanish) that the following class will coexist with a Boca-River football match. They don’t want to attend, but they have an institutional exam.
“We’re intelligent,” one of my students says. In English.
They start to have a conversation in English for the first time ever.
I don’t mean to say that you can use twitter to change your students’ attitude. This is not one of the thousand ways you can use twitter in education. What I do want to say is, keep it simple. Digital tools should help you meet your class needs. Just as a piece of chalk does. Just as the tone of your voice does.
(This post was inspired on reality + #3 and #6 here.)