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Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom 

Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom 
Twitter, without a doubt, has become the social network for educators to take their professional development into their own hands. Twitter allows teachers to connect with other educators from around the world, join discussions related to their interests and have a steady stream of resources (to help them teach and learn) available to them whenever, whereever and however. Creating a network on Twitter has catapulted educators to be part of a connected world where learning happens anytime, help is only a tweet away, collaboration partners meet and communicate, conversations that directly or indirectly impact their physical lives take place 24/7. Twitter is helping educators gain many 21st century skills and literacies which could easily transfer to their classrooms. So the next question is… How do you bring Twitter into your K-8 Classroom? If your students are under the age of 13, they cannot create their own Twitter account (Minimum Age Restriction). Related 21. In "Collaboration" 3. 14.

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Media: Social Networking Guidelines iMOM » Tweens » Parenting » Safety » Media: Social Networking Guidelines Here are 10 tips for monitoring and protecting your kids on social networking websites: 1. Parents will know the password and have access to child's page. 2. Paradigm Shift: Thoughts of A Young Twitter PLN User - Teaching With Tech In Mind Twitter isn't new to me. In fact, out of the 1.5 billion twitter accounts I am number 14,440,832. I joined Twitter in April of 2008. I've gotten to connect to some pretty impressive people in my little world of southeast Texas (here, here, and here). I don't say these stats to boast but to tell you that I've been around 140 Character land for quite some time. My twitter account @jportier (This is my personal twitter account, my professional is @Mr_Portier)

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Using Twitter in a Primary Classroom It's funny, I've been using twitter a fair bit with my students this past year but as I went to find a post about it to share with a colleague on twitter I discovered I've never actually blogged about it. It's time to fix that. My class and I have used twitter as an incredible connecting, sharing, and learning tool. We've used it for many different purposes and the reality is there is always another way we could be using it. The great thing about Twitter is that it's one of the easiest ways to bring the world into your classroom. It's available for access from almost every where in the world.

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