5 Effective Ways Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development. June 10, 2014 What has started as a simple answer to the question "what are you doing?
" has now developed into one of the most popular online social networking platforms with 255 million Average Monthly Active Users (MAUs) as of March 31, 2014 . The potential of Twitter in education is uncontested and the research literature in this regard abounds with accounts of teachers leveraging it in their instruction. Twitter is also a powerful medium for teachers professional development and below are some of the ways you can use it to enhance your PD. 1- Real time search Besides being a social networking site that connects people from all around the globe, Twitter is a powerful real-time search engine.
I often find myself using it more than Google to look for reading materials for my research. The Comprehensive Dictionary of Educational Hashtags for Teachers. 15inShare Most of my Twitter interaction includes hashtags.
I use a wide variety of hashtags to follow and participate in discussions around a particular topic. I do have some specific hashtags that I use on every day basis such as #edtech, #education, #phdchat, #ipadded and a couple more but sometimes my selection goes way beyond that to include other hashtags depending on the type of search I am doing. Internet Catalogue. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education. What is a hashtag?
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. A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter Chat Participation. By Melissa A.
Venable [Note: ETCJ's Twitter/Facebook editor, Jessica Knott, has been working with Melissa to develop this article. 5 Reasons Every Teacher Needs To Be On Twitter - NextStop Magazine. If I told you your child's teacher was constantly on Twitter, you might, without thinking, react negatively.
What a waste of precious time. Aren't there better things you could be doing? How dare you troll around on social media instead of planning my child's next thrilling Common Core lesson. The truth is much the opposite. There is an amazing world out there on Twitter, and for educators, there is much to find and benefit from. 1. Teachers should be actively growing their Personal Learning Network (PLN). 2.
Following organizations and websites such as Edutopia (@edutopia), eduClipper (@eduClipper), or ISTE (@isteconnects) provides teachers with a constant flow of new and engaging resources that can help to keep classroom learning fresh and captivating. Twitter Support for Educators and Parents. Still don't have a Twitter teacher in your school or district?
If not, don't worry. Educators have two new supports when it comes to learning the ropes of Twitter: A new online support community called #Nt2T for new teacher TwitterersA five-part Twitter 101 eCourse aimed at getting the novice social media user up and connected. Twitter Is My Teacher Superpower: 5 Steps to Make it Yours. While I can come up with new and innovative ideas inside my classroom, I can gain so much more from sharing and collecting ideas on Twitter (known jokingly as #ideabandits).
This movement of becoming a connected educator is known as creating a Professional (or Personal) Learning Network, known as a PLN. I wholeheartedly believe that joining fellow educators on Twitter will impact you and your classroom more than you think. Here are 6 steps to try it yourself: Step 1: Create Get yourself logged onto Twitter and sign up for an account using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Then add an image and a bio. One thing to keep in mind: You can make your Twitter account private so that you have to approve everyone who follows you. This Is Why No One Follows You on Twitter. Twitter users often make the decision of whether or not to follow someone in seconds, meaning that you have very little time to impress.
We looked into why people chose not to follow profiles on Twitter, and crowdsourced a variety of reasons that users give for not hitting that "Follow" button. But first, it's a good idea to take a look at how most people will see your Twitter profile. If someone finds you in his or her Home stream, or clicks on a "Who to follow" suggestion, the Profile Summary pop-up below shows what your potential audience sees of your Twitter presence. This summary gives an brief overview — the top half of the display shows your avatar, header photo, bio and a tally of tweets, followers and users you follow. Below that, there's a "followed by" info box that appears if anyone the viewer follows also follows you. Below, find 10 important things you need to change in order to gain more Twitter followers. 1. 2. HTAV Agora Article: A little birdy told me…. Primary (Ages 3 - 8 yrs) Classrooms That Tweet. 13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out.
Education Twitter chats take place when a group of educators "meet" on Twitter at an agreed upon time, using an agreed upon hashtag, to discuss topics of interest in education.
Twitter chats range from small discussions with only a few participants to huge conversations with dozens or even hundreds of educators taking part! They provide a unique opportunity for educators to discuss specific topics of interest and connect with colleagues around the world. The word from educators in the trenches is that these chats are making a profound difference in how educators are improving their professional practice, providing ideas, resources and inspiration in ways never thought possible.
A small (yet huge) example of the power of Twitter for student learning – Redefining my role: Teacher as student. I have been using Twitter for personalized professional learning for about three years now.
That’s all I use it for, and it has had a profound impact on my teaching. The benefits of my PLN (personal learning network) for my professional growth has been enormous, yet lately I have been wondering how to provide my students with a comparable network for their own learning. This question is an ongoing exploration, but in the meantime I have been finding ways to leverage my network to help them in their learning. This post discusses one such example. My 5th grade students are in the midst of working on self-selected social studies projects centered around “the 5 themes of geography.” One of my students, Mary, is exploring the history of Australia, specifically how the provinces came to be formed and named. Weekly Twitter Chat Times.
50 Education Twitter Hashtags Perfect For Parents. Twitter – a Search Engine and PLN Tool: Tech Talk Tuesday in review « The #australiaseries Blog. Twitter was the topic of conversation for this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday session. With a mix of prepared slides and application sharing, twitter was introduced to those who may be new to its use. It was great to welcome a global audience with participants from Austria, Honduras (Central America), Moscow, Russia and Australia. Internet Catalogue. Business@tamurray Foreign Languages#langchat@MmeVeilleux @mmebrady @fiteach @bselden @mme_henderson@usamimi74 @CalicoTeach @DiegoOjeda66 @espanolsrs @SECottrell @melindamlarson @lbpereira @NinaTanti1 @mrcbarbie @JCPSWorldLang @sylviaduckworth. Twitter for Educators.pdf. Best individual tweeter2011.
13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out. Learning from my PLN Educators! When I joined Twitter this past April, I was fresh out of teacher's college and eager to connect with experienced teachers -- I was not ready for my learning journey to come to an end, simply because I had graduated from my education program. Little did I know what was in store! At the time, I was clueless as to what a PLN [Professional Learning Network] was or how to create my own. Instead, I searched "teacher" hoping to find others online and slowly, my list of influential educators grew.
Inspirational Educators Who Challenge Me to be a Better Teacher 1. When I joined Twitter, Pernille Ripp was the first person I added, long before I knew how influential this elementary teacher would be in the development of my own teaching career. 2. Greta Sandler is an ESL teacher in Buenos Aires, Argentina – and though it may seem as though we live worlds apart, I am continually challenged through her reflective posts on learning! 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Canadian Teachers I LOVE Learning With! 8. 9. 10. 11. Express 7.04 - Tech for Teachers: Using Twitter to Start Your Personal Learning Network.
Tech for Teachers: Using Twitter to Start Your Personal Learning Network Jason T. Bedell ASCD Express's new Tech for Teachers column, by guest columnist Jason Bedell, uses both text and a tutorial video to encourage teachers to bring web technology into their practice in simple but meaningful ways that can contribute to student engagement and learning. There is a strong correlation between high-performing schools and the amount and quality of time that teachers spend collaborating with one another. Twitter is a social network that revolves around short status updates of less than 140 characters. The Six Sides of Steve. » #Top12 Teacher Hashtags# July 4th, 2011 by Mr.Williams. This article is looking at the most used education hashtags as of July 4th, 2011.
The Hashtag is a powerful extender of your tweet to a much, much wider audience. When tweeting be sure to fill the space remaining with two or three relevant hashtags related to your tweet. This extends your message to a significantly wider audience. Tags send your message to more twitters then those who just follow you and if your tweets. Twitter 102 for educators. Educational Hash Tags.