by Kathy Moore, Project Officer (Children & Young People), SHARE Museums East
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It’s 3 days before the A-Level conference and things have not gone entirely to plan. I took the easy, lazy route and asked Molly, our Natural History trainee and main tweeter for @NatHistNMAS, to post our tweets and monitor the traffic, so I’m not really learning as much as I could if I did it all myself. (Next time..)
No students are following us on Twitter but we can’t encourage them other than via their teachers, which hasn’t really worked. Looking at the school websites, there is very little Twitter activity. One teacher didn’t think her students used Twitter. We think they probably do but just well away from anything to do with school (this may be part of our problem!).
All is not lost however, as one of the main aims for using Twitter at the conference was to ask students to tweet their comments during the day itself and to continue the debate from the afternoon over the following days. I will report back on this and on the lessons learnt.