Recently I led an educational technology workshop at Youth Workers Academy, and one of the technologies I covered in this training was social media. To engage participants with Twitter, I had everyone research what the Bible says about poverty and paraphrase their findings into 140 characters—with the intention these contributions could be tweeted to the world. However, I wasn’t sure how may people would be interested and willing, let alone have an active twitter account, to participate in this activity.
Therefore, I created an analogous Paper Tweet to achieve the functionality of a normal tweet while decreasing the barrier for participation.
When using Twitter as the paraphrasing platform, offering both paper and normal tweet options ensured everyone got to participate in this activity. Besides the instructional benefits related to paraphrasing, the accessibility of the Paper Tweet made this workshop activity a success!
The Paper Tweet document – use and share: