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Using Twitter in the Classroom

Yesterday, we shared resources for building your personal learning network (PLN) with Twitter. There are a lot of great folks and chats on Twitter to help you learn. Some have claimed that Twitter is the best professional development that they have access to. Given its 24/7 nature, and wealth of resources, I can understand why.

If you are looking for some great folks to follow on Twitter, here is a list of folks to start with.

Learning with fellow educators through Twitter is an excellent place to start, but this tool has much to offer in the classroom and school as well.

First off, Twitter can be an excellent way to share information about what is going on in your classroom or school. The short format of tweets makes Twitter a great platform for sending out brief updates and news items to students, parents or the community. As an example, check out this Twitter feed for Evansville North High School (@EvansvilleNHS).

Twitter can also be connected to Facebook so that when an account tweets, the same information gets posted as a status update on Facebook.

Teachers can use Twitter as a method for hosting a conversation with students as well by having students tweet to a hashtag. I’ve seen examples of this in which students tweet as if they were characters in a book that a class is reading or in which students are invited to respond to questions that the teacher tweets. I have also seen teachers use a hashtag to invite students to contribute photos for school publications.

Similarly, schools can solicit feedback from parents and the community through Twitter. They can also develop hashtags that invite students and faculty to celebrate what they love about their school.

 Twitter is also an excellent way to connect classes with the world. Learners can follow world events in real-time or can tweet with people across the world to learn more about other cultures.

Similarly, classes can share what they are doing in the classroom by tweeting to popular education hashtags such as #edchat, #INelearn, and #evscnetwork.

Getting started with Twitter is easier than you might think. Here is a LiveBinder of resources that we have put together to help teachers find inspiration for using Twitter as a learning and communication tool.

The ICATS are interested in creating a directory of teachers, programs and schools in the EVSC that are using Twitter to enhance learning and build community. If you are doing this, we hope you will share that information with us by completing this form.

Also, we would love to hear from you about the uses you’ve found for Twitter in education. Share your stories in the comments below.

Finally, we hope that you will join us for our very first #evscchat on October 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (CST). To participate, simply login to Twitter and follow the #evscchat hashtag. We will be discussing ways that educators can become more connected in the Digital Age.

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John Wells October 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Twitter in the classroom has a couple of real uses. The obvious is that you can connect with the students on a platform that they are familiar with, comfortable with. They can ask questions or seek help on their assignments. These students can even connect with their fellow students (from in the class or from as far away as they wish), creating a web of support for the class.

But the real benefit of Twitter is the ability to make the content real. Students can reach out to experts in the field, asking them questions. They can connect with others and share their experiences. And if teachers share the students’ work via social media, the students see that the homework has merit and value outside of a number in a gradebook. These students will take their work more seriously because they know more than just their individual teacher is going to be looking at it and offering commentary.

Anonymous October 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thanks for the list of people to follow! A lot are on my list, but still many that aren’t. I’ll be sure to check them out.

Brian Baumeyer October 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

Awesome post! I especially loved all of the information given about Twitter. It is such a great tool and resource. I will have to use the idea of students tweeting as if they were characters in a book! Thanks for the post!

Leah Simon October 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

I don’t personally use twitter but students do and yesterday as I was teaching about conditional statements in geometry a student said I just tweeted ‘If I get an A in Geometry, then I will be so happy”. And yes, it worked! Right number of charters and a true conditional statement!

Timothy Wilhelmus October 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Love it! That’s a perfect example of how technology and being connected can seamlessly integrate with learning :)

Jeffrey Tron
Jeffrey Tron October 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

As always, great post Tim. Your livebinders full of resources are AWESOME! I try to promote those as much as possible. You are a great asset to EVSC and the ICATS team! Thanks for all you do.


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