Brooke Weston’s humanities department has now signed up for its own Twitter feed, @bwhums, allowing students to pose questions, ask about homework tasks, discover wider reading and share their views on different issues.
Teacher Mark Bidwell said: ‘It is a responsive, interactive way of getting messages across about students’ achievements. The hope is we will be able to eventually remind students about homework as well as group notices and trip information. In the future it will be great to set a homework where students have to tweet their response. But in the immediate future it will be another forum for students to ask questions or express themselves; they will be able to tweet us a question and we will be able to respond. All our tweets have a hash tag for the subject and year group they apply to so it is easy to spot who they are relevant to.
'Many students email asking the same questions so it is a way of communicating with a whole group, addressing concerns and sharing information in just 140 characters. We’re also tweeting news stories, opinion pieces, photographs and websites that will help develop student understanding and wider reading. Any student can follow us – they don’t need to be doing a humanities subject necessarily, there are some tweets on there designed to make people smile.’