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Latino Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 257–268 | Cite as

The classroom, the campus, and beyond: Using Twitter to connect in #Latinxstudies courses

  • Megan Jeanette MyersEmail author
Reflexiones Pedagógicas

Abstract

This article examines how Twitter can be used as a pedagogical tool in the Latinx studies classroom to connect students to a more expansive Latinx network beyond the local or campus community. The use of a course hashtag and careful delineation of a class Twitter project allows students to actively engage in national discussions related to Latinx studies and to critically (and virtually) curate an individual response to current events. This article includes a mixed-methods assessment of the use of Twitter in the Latinx studies classroom over a period of three semesters in an introductory-level course at a large, Midwestern, public institution.

Keywords

Twitter Social media Critical thinking Digital pedagogies Digital literacy 

El salón de clases, el recinto y más allá: El uso de Twitter como conexión en los cursos de #Latinxstudies

Resúmen

Este artículo examina el uso de Twitter como herramienta pedagógica en el salón de clases de estudios latinos para conectar a los estudiantes a una red latina más extensa que trasciende la comunidad local o universitaria. El uso de un hashtag para el curso y una delineación meticulosa de un proyecto de clase en Twitter permite a los estudiantes participar activamente en discusiones nacionales relacionadas con los estudios latinos y seleccionar de forma crítica (y virtual) una respuesta individual a los sucesos actuales. Este artículo incluye una evaluación, realizada con métodos mixtos, del uso de Twitter en el salón de clase de estudios latinos a lo largo de tres semestres de un curso de nivel introductorio en una institución pública grande del medio oeste.

Palabras clave

Twitter Medios sociales Pensamiento crítico Pedagogías digitales Alfabetismo digital 

Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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