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How school districts are leveraging Twitter to become rock stars. When a student tweets at their school’s Twitter handle, chances are they don’t expect a response–it’s like tweeting at Starbucks, or the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency—you feel like you’re talking to an entity that’s far too busy and important to ever respond to you.

How school districts are leveraging Twitter to become rock stars

That’s why students in Georgia’s Cherokee County School District were so surprised when they tweeted their district, begging for a snow day—and their district tweeted right back. Not only did the district respond, but the responses were sassy and high-spirited. When one student asked why the district was ruining her life, the district responded, “I have the club for you: drama. It’s so you.” In a climate where Twitter is the center of so many tempestuous news stories, thanks to our Twitter-happy president, schools should be turning to the social media giant more than ever to share news, gather feedback, benefit from other educators’ expertise, react instantly to breaking news—and sometimes just lighten the mood.

The Edvocate’s List of 20 Must-Follow K-12 Teacher Twitter Feeds – The Edvocate. 8 things Twitter savvy educators do to improve learning. When it comes to useful PD, more educators are turning to Twitter to grow learning networks in 140 characters These days, it’s hard to meet an educator who hasn’t heard of Twitter.

8 things Twitter savvy educators do to improve learning

But how many use it? While some might question if the social media platform can help with professional development (PD), there are others who know just how much potential rests in 140 characters. The universally-recognizable blue bird can do a lot to expand educators’ personal and/or professional learning networks (PLNs), as it turns out. 8 Tips for Creating More Effective Tweets (from Twitter) Over the last 12 months, Twitter has been working hard to explain how brands and individuals can make better use of the platform, working to simplify a network that many find challenging, particularly when starting out.

8 Tips for Creating More Effective Tweets (from Twitter)

Along this theme, earlier this week, Twitter released an eight step guide on how to compose more effective tweets. And even if you’re an experienced Twitter user, the advice is helpful, particularly given it’s backed by Twitter’s own data and research. 1. “Keep it Simple” Various studies and research reports have noted this before, and Twitter’s own data shows the same – shorter tweets generate more engagement. A previous study on tweet engagement by Track Social. Twittervention. Hands down one of the best things I do for myself as an educator is use Twitter.

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I follow innovative educators who SHARE what they do and are willing to help. Tech It Up Tuesday: 26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education. Welcome to the last edition of Tech It Up Tuesday for the 2015-16 school year!

Tech It Up Tuesday: 26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education

Today’s final tech-isode features a very useful infographic highlighting 26 ways educators can incorporate Twitter into their craft. So, if you haven’t adopted this social media platform as one of your go-to places for professional development and/or sharing pertinent info with coworkers, students and parents, no worries! There’s no time like summer vacation to add a new set of skills to your tech-box! Despite the 140 character minimum, tweets—articles, thoughts, opinions, inspiration, quotes, images and more—allow like-minded individuals to connect, collaborate, discuss, exchange and even debate all sorts of ideas with virtual colleagues.

Whether it’s best practices, instructional strategies, the latest and greatest tech tools or an innovative project, invaluable information is just a hashtag away! Click here for a larger version of this infographic. 5 Ideas for using Twitter for PD in your School District. Tech Tip: How to use Twitter lists. Tech Tip: How to use Twitter lists So you’ve worked hard to build up your Twitter profile, follow the right people, and stay connected.

Tech Tip: How to use Twitter lists

What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners. Fully 92 percent of American teenagers go online daily.

What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners

More than half of them do so several times a day and a quarter are online “almost constantly.” I’m a mother of two teenagers who fall into that latter category. Twitter Considering 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets - Recode. #SchoolsReImagined Hope for students and teachers. At the Ohio Reformatory. #ButlerCountyESC. #SchoolsReimagined#ButlerCountyESC Shawshank. Why Teachers Participate in Twitter Chats (and What's Coming Next) Teachers who want to expand their knowledge, share instructional resources, and interact with others who have complementary professional interests are discovering that class is always in session thanks to the hundreds of regularly scheduled Twitter chats that happen each week.

Why Teachers Participate in Twitter Chats (and What's Coming Next)

Collaborative conversations between like-minded educators from different schools - that previously and serendipitously only took place at conferences and on other irregular occasions - are now accessible to any teacher from any geography at any given time. Since 2009, hundreds of thousands of teachers have participated in Twitter chats to varying degrees. When you consider the volume of this unprecedented and cumulative knowledge sharing among professionals, who are trained to instruct and enlighten, it’s not hyperbole to say that the impact Twitter and other social platforms are having on education is revolutionary. Twitter Noob: Some Tips to Get Into Twitter - Teacher Tech. Twitter Adds Message Button So You’ll Send More DMs. Reply.

Twitter Adds Message Button So You’ll Send More DMs

Retweet. Like. And now Send. Twittertastic Teacher's Guide. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education. What is a hashtag?

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

A word or phrase preceded by a “#.” How do hashtags work? Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.” A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase. Who can use hashtags? Anyone. How to Build a Twitter Following — and Why You Should.

Corey Robin, in his recent thought-provoking article, "How Intellectuals Create a Public," argues that "the public intellectual is not simply interested in a wide audience of readers, in shopping her ideas on the op-ed page to sell more books. " Instead, "she sees her writing as a transformative mode of action, a thought-deed in the world.

" Robin is probably right about that. I don’t claim to be a public intellectual. I am, however, an academic interested in attracting a wider audience of readers, and perhaps even selling more books. How Twitter Saved Me. Every Monday my students ask me, “What did you talk to your teacher friends about last night?” When I first told them that I spend an hour on Twitter every Sunday evening, talking to other teachers about teaching, they looked at me like I was crazy — and this response hasn’t been limited to students. At the high school where I teach English, other teachers have also been incredulous that after spending so many hours outside of school reading essays and planning curriculum, I would spend a precious hour of my weekend talking teaching to a group of people from across the world. Twitter’s Most Popular Emoji and More 10th Anniversary Stats. The emoji means “tears of joy,” something a few longtime Twitter employees might be shedding as their baby turns 10 years old this week.

It’s also the most popular emoji on Twitter, according to the company, with 14.5 billion symbols tweeted to date. Meanwhile, the “most tweeted hashtag tradition” is #FF, short for “follow Friday,” with 539 million mentions. Here are some of the other silly stats Twitter released today to commemorate the anniversary. Most retweeted tweet: Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie from the 2014 Oscars still holds the crown, with more than 3.3 million retweets to date.