Because I can never remember where to send which tweet, this article reminds me of possible audiences for my voice. Best of all, I’m less tempted to make up random hashtags and sending my comments to who knows where. I have a list of landing places!
Twitter has now been around long enough that it’s no longer a fad. You can use Twitter to promote collaboration in your classroom and network with others around the world to improve the quality of your instruction. I like this article for its reminder that we are all connected no matter how far away we may be geographically.
It’s not enough to use Twitter as a learning tool for the classroom. Educators today can also learn from their colleagues and peers by finding others to follow and tweeting their experience and thoughts. The professional development community is far larger when you engage with it through social media, and this article helps you learn to model what you teach.
Writing the GIST or main idea of a reading passage is similar to writing a tweet, except that you have twenty words to summarize what you have read. This lesson can be the bridge between writing a lengthy paragraph and producing a succinct tweet.
The students in your classroom are generally gregarious, social beings who like to engage with others. You can use their desire to learn from others by creating a class account (especially if your students are twelve or younger) and conducting authentic learning opportunities.
Sure, Twitter is a tool for social media, but it’s a versatile tool for instruction, too. Begin your foray into classroom tweeting with these simple steps and reminders. I like the note about teaching responsible media sharing, too, and see plenty of opportunities for discussing everything from bullying prevention to plagiarism.
Once you begin using Twitter in your classroom, you may not want to stop, especially when you see how useful it can be. This article offers plenty of suggestions for incorporating Twitter in the classroom. I don’t use all of them at once, but each time I look at this list, I think, “Yes! I have to try that one, too!”
If you thought all you had to do in a tweet is keep your comment to 140 characters or less, it turns out that the hashtag is more almost more important than the tweet itself. Used as a way to reach a bigger audience and comment on your own comment without being redundant, the hashtag gives writers versatility in tone and style. This article explains to the non-technical audience what the hashtag is and how it works.