How Talkwall Works
Talkwall features like hashtag references and the short message format (maximum 140 characters) help students develop well-known learning strategies such as
- Assembling and condensing information
- Identifying key concepts
- Creating links between concepts
Talkwall supports flipped classrooms by creating a space where students can collectively respond to teacher input and encouraging participation.
Researching Talkwall in the 21st Century Classroom
An early version of Talkwall was developed during the TWEAK project. Beta versions of Talkwall have been used by teachers in classrooms since 2011.
Talkwall is distributed to teachers through collaboration with The Centre for Professional Learning in Teacher Education in Norway, and will soon be available through NDLA, an online portal of open educational resources for Norwegian educators.
In 2015, researchers at the University of Oslo published the first scientific study of Talkwall in a classroom. The study showed that even though some students did not use the micrblogging tool, the technology-supported whole classroom discussion encouraged learning, even for reluctant bloggers.
Ongoing research on Talkwall is investigating how microblogging supports dialogue in classrooms and the development of students' critical thinking and collaboration skills.
Contact Ingvill Rasmussen about participating in new studies.