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Twitter As An Educational Tool

By Rachel L. West
The Political Social Worker

Hope everyone’s holiday season is off to a great start. I wanted to share an article with you that was written by a recent BSW graduate Justin Vest on Professor Laurel Hitchcock’s blog about the use of Twitter as an educational tool.

Twitter can be about celebrities and national or global trends, but I find its value in connecting users with educational content. I was first introduced to Twitter as an educational tool in Spring 2013 while taking Dr. Laurel Hitchcock’s class on social work with groups, communities, and organizations.

You can read the article here on Professor Hitchcock’s blog Teaching Social Work. Congratulations Justin on graduating and I wish you lots of luck next year when you begin working on your MSW at the University of Alabama.

photo credit: blprnt_van via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.


  1. Rachel, thanks for highlighting how Twitter can help social work students develop their macro-level skills! Justin’s work with Twitter is a great example of how students can advocate, share important information and raise awareness in social injustices – all important skills for community organizers. I will continue to share your blog with BSW students in my macro practice class!

    • Politicalsocialworker December 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      No problem. I like what you are doing with teaching social work students how to integrate social media into their work. It is an important lesson that I wish the CSWE would require of all programs.


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