Over 100 ideas for using Twitter in the Classroom This handful of resources provide about 100 different ideas for, and examples of, using Twitter in the classroom. It’s been almost 8 months since I published the post, “6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom”, about uses of the popular micro-blogging tool in the instructional setting. This post generated a lot of traffic, and continues to attract hundreds of viewers every week. Since that brief posting, I’ve come across a lot of articles containing examples and suggestions for using Twitter in instructional applications. I’ve combed through many of these and tried to boil down the redundancies to create a rich set of idea-laden resources. I also want to mention these 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics, which are worth reviewing to learn more and plan your approach to using Twitter in (and out of) the classroom. Here are the original “6 Examples” from last June’s post: About Kelly Walsh Print This Post
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. See also 50 Of The Best Education Accounts On Twitter Who can use hashtags? Anyone. What else do I need to know? Don’t hashtag spam–if your tweet doesn’t add to that hashtag’s topic, discussion, or user base, don’t add the hashtag.Use more than one hashtag if it applies to more than one topic, but choose wisely. Meeting Times Many of the hashtags have “meeting times” where educators agree to “meet and tweet”–that is, send out messages on a topic at a certain time on a certain day. If you do participate at the agreed upon time, you’ll see the tweets stream in live and participate in said conversation (via twitter) in what is nearly real-time. Popular Hashtags Trends General Literacy
OPINION: Twitter Supports These Changing Times in Education | EdSurge News EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. As I write this article, education is making a shift towards increased rigor and accountability for teachers, students, and administrators. With the new Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments out and about, students and teachers are being pushed to new levels. Education is no longer defined in terms of what a teacher will teach, but rather in terms of what a student will be able to demonstrate. But that’s not the only big shift. Twitter is a free social media tool that affords our high school, Madison High School in Madison, South Dakota (home of the Bulldogs), the opportunity to push positive information about student achievements, athletic scores, important updates for parents and students, and character-building concepts. But building those relationships through Twitter doesn’t stop once I close my computer. Next, parents. And what about faculty?
The Compelled Educator: Don't Use Twitter with Your Students Maybe you’d like to say to me, “Jennifer, how can you say not to use twitter with our students? You are a huge fan of twitter and you promote it in your school.” This is how I would respond, “I am a huge twitter fan, and if you already use it with your students, GREAT! I want you to be selfish this one time.” You see, as teachers, when we learn about a new technology, we usually ask, “How can I use this in my classroom? Twitter is a fantastic way to increase your knowledge about classroom management ideas, current research, instructional strategies, motivational strategies, and more. So how do you go about using twitter for you? Join twitter chats Twitter chats give a tweeters a purposeful time to be on twitter. Follow twitter users who share links to content Some users tweet links to articles, blog posts, and other information related to specific topics. Follow a hashtag
The Compelled Educator: Teachers Harness the Simple Power of Twitter I had to share this great story of how one of our teachers took the initiative to bring down the four walls of the classroom and connect her students to others via social media. Last week, while visiting classrooms and tweeting the wonderful experiences our students were having, I tweeted this: Students in Ms. Gannon's English 11 class were watching a TEDx Talk by Paul Piff titled, "Does Money Make You Mean?" If the embedded video isn't visible on your device, watch the video here: The first neat thing that happened was that Paul Piff "favorited" the tweet. As preparation for my co-taught English class's reading of The Great Gatsby, we watched your TEDTalk video, "Does Money Make you Mean?" And, GUESS WHAT? Hi Lisa,That sounds like great fun! Ms. You tweeted about us watching the video; he “favorited” the tweet, and Lisa has found him, and we are going to set something up to send him questions. Related posts:
Teacher's Visual Guide to Creating Twitter Lists June 10, 2014 A Twitter list is a curated group of Twitter users and a great way to organize your interests. You can use them to categorize and organize tweets into different categories relevant to the information you are seeking. You can for instance create a list about educational technology and add to it Edtech tweeters you follow. In this way , you will have a pool of resources aggregated in a single page to access anytime you want. Here is how to create your own Twitter list: 1- Head over to your Twitter homepage and click on the "gear" button on the top right and select "lists" 2- Click on " Create new list" 3- Type in a name and description to your list. 4- Use Twitter search to add people to your list. Another way to add people is through their profile page.On the profile page of the Tweeter you want to add to your list, click on " add or remove from lists".
New Wonderful Twitter Guide for Teachers and Educators June 18, 2014 As I have repeatedly stated in several instances here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, online social networking remains one of the powerful routes to any effective and sustained teacher professional development plans. Social networks open up a whole new horizon of promising opportunities for on-the-go and at-any-time learning. One of the preeminent social networking site in this regard is the microblogging platform Twitter. The power of Twitter resides in the kind of connections and networks it allows you to make.Twitter is by far the social networking platform that teachers and educators populate the most. Using Twitter to grow professionally is a theme I have extensively talked about in previous posts ( see this post or this one ). This visual is created by UKEdChat.
The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook For Teachers Adopting a new communication tool is not easy. Figuring out the best way YOU can use Twitter is even harder. Luckily you are not going it alone. We have culled the following resources from an array of websites that try to help anyone understand and better use Twitter. The microblogging service is growing in leaps and bounds (and having plenty of server downtime because of it and the World Cup) as it seems everyone is joining and sharing their lives with the service. Busy teachers may feel that taking the time to learn how to use Twitter isn’t worth the return for the students benefit, so that’s why this list of 100 tips, apps, and resources is worth browsing.
Educational Leadership:Schools, Families, Communities:Twitter: Not Just About Ham Sandwiches For people who don't use it, Twitter seems like an incredible waste of time. "I surely don't need to know that someone had a ham sandwich for lunch!" is a common complaint. Take a look at how a Nixa, Missouri, school district employed Twitter during a series of serious thunderstorms and a tornado watch: 6:22 a.m., May 8: We've cleared out all our "trailers" due to the bad weather. 7:03 a.m., May 8: No damage at any of our schools as of right now. 7:28 a.m., May 8: We do have some minor damage around the district. 7:47 a.m., May 8: We have a light pole down across the JH track. 7:53 a.m., May 8: We are now releasing the elementary students to complete their bus routes from the morning. 8:22 a.m., May 8: Power back on at Inman Elementary. 8:36 a.m., May 8: B/c of damage from the storm, the NJH Walk for a Cause has been canceled for Sat. A Real-Time Information Option Whoa! Seventy-six percent of all adults in the United States own a computer. Think Before You Tweet Getting Started
How to get better at Twitter Twitter can be an incredibly robust community of movers, shakers, interesting story sharers, collaborators, clients, customers, mentors, potential business partners, and friends. It can also be an overwhelming stream of more information than you can possibly read and a sea of eyes that pass right over whatever you’re saying. Having a huge community of folks right in front of you and an invisible wall between you and them can be a really frustrating experience. After all, for a long time, Twitter’s tagline on their homepage (for non-registered users) was “join the conversation”. And we all know that conversations are much better when they aren’t with just yourself. But fear not – there are many different ways you can go about harnessing the awesomeness that can come about from using Twitter strategically. Maintain Visibility Tweet often and tweet in the afternoon. 4:00pm is the most RT’d time of the day, and the highest volume happens between 3 and 7pm. Rally Support Share Unique Content
How to Start Tweeting (and Why You Might Want To) We’ve written a lot about Twitter here at ProfHacker. George hosted a discussion of Twitter at MLA 09, Brian urged us to hack conferences using Twitter, Julie taught us how to use Twitter clients and handle Twitter spam, Ethan explained how to back up our social networks, and Jeffery even showed us how to post a Twitter feed on our office doors. A few weeks ago, however, I was visiting a friend and fellow teacher who asked a more basic question: “so how would I get started with this whole Twitter thing?” Her question was a good one, and we haven’t really answered it here yet. One of the most common dismissals of Twitter sounds something like this, “I don’t need to know what a bunch of people had for breakfast.” My response to this is always, “if that what you’re seeing on Twitter, you’re following the wrong people.” Fill Out Your Bio As you start to follow folks, some of them will follow you back. Be a Follower Unlike Facebook, on Twitter you can follow anyone you want. Make a List
Practical Advice for Teaching with Twitter Last week I introduced a pedagogical framework for using Twitter in your teaching, organized along two axes: monologic to dialogic and passive to active. These high-falutin terms are fine for a theoretical matrix, but what about the real life implementation of Twitter in and outside of your classroom? How do you actually do it? I’m going to leave behind the pedagogy (mostly) in this post, and instead offer some practical advice for teaching with Twitter. I’ll cover six aspects of Twitter integration where it pays to plan ahead of time (i.e. sometime last week): organization, access, frequency, substance, archiving, and assessment. I’ll deal with of each of these areas in turn, but before I do, and if you’re new to Twitter, I want to urge you to read Ryan Cordell’s comprehensive ProfHacker primer on Twitter. Organization A question I often hear from colleagues interested in using Twitter is Do I have to follow all of my students in order to teach with Twitter? Access Frequency Substance
5 Great Ways Students can use Twitter for Research 1. Create a poll A great starting point for research is the generation of new statistical results on a given topic, but when restricted to their own friends and contacts, it can be difficult for students to get enough results to provide a representative sample. 2. Twitter can be a great tool for research, but students don’t always have time to trawl through tweets every day looking for updates on their topics of study. 3. By creating their own hashtag, students can invite participants from around the world to take part in instant research by contributing to a live discussion on any given topic. 4. The fantastic thing about Twitter is that the tool facilitates direct contact with leaders in any given field. 5. From famous faces, to academics who might be almost impossible to track down in real life, Twitter offers students the very real opportunity to elicit direct responses to their interview questions, albeit in 140 characters or less.