Jennifer Spain shares her experiences about social media literacies in a second language classroom, focusing on participation. She read Howard Rheingold’s article “Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies”
She notes links between risk-taking and participation with students needing to talk in another language before being formally assessed. She used a social media rubric that she found via a tweet on twitter, which looks at online participation, posting and language use. She encourages participation that involves the parents too.
Some of the best conversations can arise when students and their parents look at social media tasks in a second language together. Social media such as Twitter can provide unprecedented access to people, ideas and information