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Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place. Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool ( including TeachThought’s favorite ), and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put Twitter to work in the classroom. Communication
Many educators are leveraging Twitter as a powerful learning strategy in the 21st Century.
“An expansive list of up to 60 great examples of using Twitter in the classroom is presented here in this article by the folks at Online Universities. These are really great ideas for using the social media power of Twitter as a proficient teaching and learning tool. ” via Online Universities
When you first start using Twitter, one of the things you have to figure out is how to decode Tweets.
January 12, 2013 by tomwhitby
It’s a question that I have pondered over recent weeks.
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I am big on reflection. As educators, looking back on our practice is one of the most important things we can do. I try to set aside time each day to just think about how I did a workshop or something I said or a resource I looked at.
I recently discovered TeachThought.com , and boy, am I glad I did. I’ve already found a number of great reads on the site and certainly plan on making this site a regular stop on my internet tour. One thing that jumped out to me was the post, 100 Twitter Tips for Teachers . The tips are broken down into several catergories: The Basics, Connecting, Classroom, Professional Life, Pro Tools, Who to Follow, and Applications to Emmulate. The list is a good one, with a ton of great tips, but if I was sharing Twitter tips with others, I wouldn’t have such a big list.
I know I tweeted this out earlier this week but it’s so good I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget it, so here it is again: YouTube: To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Produced in a great puppet-master way it’s engaging and informative, and really good if you want to demonstrate to someone the benefits of Twitter for academic purposes: research, student engagement, etc.
Twitter may have started off as a fun social media site for keeping up with friends and sharing updates about daily life, but it’s become much more than that for many users over the past few years as the site has evolved and grown. These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure. It has become a staple at many online colleges and campuses as well, leaving many academics wondering just how and if they should be using Twitter both in the classroom and in their professional lives. So we’ve revised our original 2009 list to get you started or up to date.
36 of Our Favorite #Education Hashtags - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - edchat, edreform, EdTechEmail Share October 2, 2012 - by Getting Smart Staff 2 Email Share
Twitter is too big to ignore. You see hashtags in commercials, sponsored tweets, posts, news broken on Twitter, etc. It’s quickly become an indispensable tool for teachers, admins, parents, and students too. Right now, there are still many (MANY) in education not using Twitter.
The beauty and challenge of Twitter is stuffing your most sophisticated thoughts and feelings into a measly 140 characters (or less). Unfortunately, our traditional methods of communication have proven to be a poor training ground for micro-messaging, and even the most savvy platform users have sighed in exasperation as those bright red negative character signs mock our basic intelligence. But, perhaps even worse, no good tweet is ever going to be 140 characters because it’s impossible to share, respond or reference a tweet that’s already at it’s max. If you want to make a big statement with a small message, you have to trim the fat. Thankfully, a special subset of finite abbreviations and techniques have cropped up to help optimize your own Twitter lingo. These handy snippets of language — some no more than a single symbol — have been instrumental in fostering more sophisticated sharing and discourse simply because they are small.
Have you heard of Twitter, but don’t “get” what it’s all about (or how you can use it for education?) I’ll try my best to explain Twitter, and hopefully convince you to give it a try. This is what you'll see when you log in to your Twitter account