Twitter for Good
- To learn how to give and receive compliments to peers.
- To establish an online culture of giving compliments.
This activity is inspired by Jeremiah Anthony, high school junior and creator of @westhighbros, a Twitter account that Tweets compliments to friends and classmates. His story . . .
I started @westhighbros in late October of 2011. I ran the account by myself for three months then asked one of my friends to join me – throughout the year we added more “bros” as contributors are called and we built up a decent following. Right now we stand at about 850 followers on Twitter and 1,500 friends on Facebook, and yes we know every single one of them.
For most people, the idea of kids and technology conjures up images of sexting and cyber bullying. I started @westhighbros to end cyber bullying at my school and to make it a better place to be in general. Let’s face it, school is for learning but socialization happens more often that studying. Our Twitter account is here to prove to every single doubter of the goodness of people, but especially teens, that people my age can do great things with technology. We’re here to show the world the power of technology and the power of positive word. http://aplatformforgood.org/teens/blog/entry/changing-the-world-one-tweet-at-a-time
Newscasts about Tweets for Good
The following newscasts about Twiiter for Good initiatives can be used as examples and motivators for learners to Twitter for Good.
- Learners may need to review how to give a compliment - e.g. How to Give a Compliment.
- A Twitter account or hashtag is established for the purpose of giving compliment. For younger learners, this account can be established and facilitated by the educator with the students telling him/her the compliments they want tweeted. Older students (13 or over due to Twitter terms of agreement) can set up their Tweets for Good as per the case examples described above.