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13 ways Twitter Improves Education. Twitter can easily be dismissed as a waste of time in the elementary school classroom.

13 ways Twitter Improves Education

Students will get distracted. Students will see tweets they shouldn’t at their age. How does one manage a room full of Tweeple without cell phones? Is it even appropriate for the lower grades? Here’s some ammunition for what often turns into a pitched, take-sides verbal brawl as well-intended teachers try to come to a compromise on using Twitter (in fact, many of the new Web 2.0 tools–blogs, wikis, websites that require registrations and log-ins, discussion forums. You learn to be concise. Twitter gives you only 140 characters to get the entire message across. At first blush, that seems impossible. Twitter isn’t intimidating A blank white page that holds hundreds of words, demanding you fill in each line margin to margin is intimidating. 140 characters isn’t.

Students learn manners Social networks are all about netiquette. Students learn to be focused Here’s an idea. Turn Your School Staff Into A Powerful Twitter Team. Chances are if you are reading this article, you are familiar with Twitter.

Turn Your School Staff Into A Powerful Twitter Team

In fact, it is quite possible that you even found this article through your extensive and knowledgeable Twitter network. Congratulations, you are part of a community that is not only revolutionizing education, but also revolutionizing news, journalism, emergency services, marketing and nearly everything else. Twitterforeducation - Castine Planning. Twitter for Teachers Workshop - Additional Links. Last wednesday WiZiQ organized a mini workshop about Twitter for Teachers.

Twitter for Teachers Workshop - Additional Links

They invited Enza Antenos-Conforti (@iVenus), Alexandre Enklerli (@enkerli) and myself to give some presentations about how teachers can use microblogging. It was a great event and I learned a lot from my co-presenters there. Below you can watch our presentations as well as some links to teacher related events on Twitter, some useful ebooks and blogs or watch some more videos about Twitter. Presentation of Eza Antenos-Conforti Presentation of Alexandre Enkerli My presentation Events to follow: #teachertuesday #edchat Stuff to read: Teachmeetnashville - Twitter for Teachers. Meeting Students Where They Are:Why Teachers Should Try Twitter. William M. Ferriter I've got an embarrassing confession to make: Until recently, I wasn't convinced that differentiating learning opportunities for students really mattered.

Like many teachers, I would deliver one lesson each day, keeping my fingers crossed that I met everyone's needs. And even though I've always had a sense for the strengths and weaknesses of my individual students, I rarely drew on that knowledge to make specific changes in instruction or assignments. The primary reason for my inability to embrace differentiation as a teacher was that, until recently, I'd never experienced differentiation as a learner. Differentiation has grown on me in the past 18 months, though, thanks to my experiences using the online networking tool Twitter. Finding Someone to "Follow" Next, I started following the Twitter messages shared by many of the creative educators I found on the Twitter4Teachers wiki ( seeking the same kinds of people I like to exchange ideas with in real life. Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable.

Twitter Links @ Educators. Twitter Tutorial for Teachers Ppt Presentation. FrontPage. 35 Interesting Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom. What the Heck is Twitter? There is a bazillion articles and videos, trying to explain what Twitter is all about.

What the Heck is Twitter?

There is also a ton of surveys, most noticeable a recent one telling you that only 10% of all Twitter users actually post tweets on their own. But here is the thing... They are all giving people the wrong ideas! Twitter has changed tremendously since it was first invented. At first it was merely a place where you could tell people "what you are doing", like when you told people that you were "sitting at Starbucks having coffee". Twitter is not a traditional social network.

So what the heck is Twitter? Well, Twitter is... a place where you can follow interesting people You can follow business leaders, trendsetters, people who invent stuff, or create things. You follow what they think, what they do, what they find, what they like you to see, and how life is working out for them. It is a place where you can follow companies or communities You can tap into the collective conscious of the world. Twitter in Plain English.