Twitter is a fabulous resource for becoming a more connected educator.

Whether you tweet everyday about what you and your students are doing in your classroom, or whether you only use Twitter to read others’ tweets, it’s a great way to share ideas and gain inspiration. This is, hands down, my favorite social media tool and has afforded me many opportunities to connect with people that I would otherwise never meet.

Challenge: Twitter is a wonderful tool for growing your personal learning network. It can also be a useful tool in the classroom for formative assessment and as a way to encourage students to have conversations through a digital platform. Below you will find a video I created to introduce teachers to Twitter. I have included:

  • information for creating and personalizing your account
  • the anatomy of a tweet
  • basic skills like tweeting, retweeting and favoriting
  • hashtags
  • how to find people to follow
  • and a few other hints, tips, and tricks

Watch the video below and after you’ve set up your own Twitter account,

  1. find the @QuickTechByTM account
  2. follow us
  3. tweet to us
  4. send us a direct message
  5. retweet or favorite something we’ve previously tweeted

Challenge Yourself Further: Create (or take) a picture that represents your main goal for the rest of the school year. For instance, you might take a picture of the word “inspire” since you strive to inspire your students. Tweet this picture to all of your followers and use the hashtag #QuickTechByTM at the end of your tweet. Then go to the discussion forum under the Web Tools & Resources channel and post a quick reflection of how you see Twitter helping you develop, personally as an educator.

 

Learn More @:

The Anatomy of a Tweet – Tweets explained in a visual

7 Effective Ways to Engage on Twitter – Great infographic to help educators with engaging on Twitter

Education Twitter Chats– Use this resource to find Twitter Chats that you can participate in based on your interests and subject area

The Must-Have Guide to Educational Hashtags – This is a great guide made in infographic form

Teaching Kids to Use Twitter Responsibly for Class Discussion and Twitter Chats Compliment Class Discussion

100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education, By Degree of Difficulty

Have Your Class Tweet Experts in the Field – This post is awesome and full of great ideas on how to utilize Twitter as a learning tool in the classroom.

24 Examples of Using Hashtags for Teaching and Learning

Bit.ly Link Shortener – This is a great way to save space and get more out of your 140 characters

The A-Z Directory of Educational Twitter Hashtags

The Ultimate Guide to Using Twitter in Education

Twitter for Education Wiki

Twitter 101
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