Twitter For Teachers

What is Twitter?
Twitter is a real- time social network that helps users share, follow and interact with stories, opinions, links, pictures, and videos in 140 character messages

How To Get Started

  1. Tweet
    At the heart of twitter are small bursts of information called tweets. Each tweets is 140 characters long – but don’t let the small size fool you; you can discover a lot in a little space! You can see photos, videos and conversations at a glance – and all in one place!
  2. Twitter Handle
    A user’s Twitter handle is the username they have selected and the accompanying URL, like so: www.twitter.com/username
  3. @Reply
    An @reply is a method of publicly responding to another Twitter user. By placing @ before the person’s username, Your message will be publicly directed to that person.
  4. Who Is Twitter
    Twitter is filled with teachers administrators, educational technology experts, Parents and education companies. Start connecting by following them or @replying to them.
  5. Twitter Applications
    There are many ways you can tweets. Some popular applications include:
  • Twitter (official Application)
  • TweetDeck
  • Hootsuite
  • Echofon

Twitter And Education

  1. Teach With Twitter
    Use Twitter to make announcements, give and receive instant feedback, ask and answer questions and much more. Click here to learn more about using Twitter while teaching.
  2. Popular Hashtags
    Want to discuss a specific aspect of education? Using hashtags to connect with the particular group having that discussion! A few popular hashtags include:
    #ElemChat #ArtsEd #GTChat (Gifted Talented)
    #CPChat (connected principals) #HigherEd
    #NTChat (new teacher) #EdReform
  3. Education Policy
    Looking to use Twitter to stay up on education policy? Follow these Twitter handles to get started, then do some research to find your local news sources:
    @DianeRavitch @m_Rhee
    @EducationWeek @USEdGov
    @HuffPostEDU @EducationNext
    @Edutopia @TeachDotCom
  4. Education Chats
    Looking to use Twitter to connect with fellow teachers, administrators and organizations? Education chats allow you to gain insight through collaboration with educators around the world! Check out these chats to start:
    EdChat #LmChat #SSCHhat (Social studies)
    #ElTZChat (English language teachers)
    #PTChat (parent-teacher chat) #EngChat
  5. #EdChat
    #EdChat is a Twitter conversation that takes place on Tuesdays at noon and 7 P.M. EST. It covers all subjects related to k-12 education and specific topics are polled each week. Follown these members of the #EdChat teacm:
    @web29Classroom @TomWhitby
    @ShellTerell @RLIBerni @MBTeach
    @Kylepace @Cybraryman1 @BlairTeach
    JSwiatek @Edtechscteve
  6. #EdTech
    Interested in connecting with the experts and companies leading the future of educational technology? Get involved in these conversations:
    #EdTech #Elearning #EdApp
    #VitalCPD (professional development)

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