Twitter in the Classroom
Who to Follow?
Once you have your Twitter account set up, who should you follow? Here are just a few from TCEA:
- @LifeHacker (offers great geeky tips and tricks)
- @8Amber8 (great technology-using assistant principal)
- @JDThomas7 (educational tech and math coach)
Other helpful articles:
From a resource filled post by Edudemic:
The Teacher's Guide to Twitter
"Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here’s a useful guide that we curated from Edudemic’s archives in an effort to put something together that was a bit easier to read than random blog posts. We hope you enjoy and will be regularly adding to this guide so feel free to leave your ideas down in the comments or by, what else, tweeting us @edudemic anytime!"
Below is just a snapshot of what is in this article. Each of the items listed has more written about it within the article:
Their Biggest Tips for Teachers
- Create, Don’t Just Consume
- Connect and Network
- Share Your Resources
- Keep At It
100 Ways to use Twitter
- Getting Connected
- Authority Building
- Getting Value
How to Connect with Students on Twitter
- Don’t require that students follow your account.
- Commit to posting at regular intervals.
- Vary the time of day of the posts.
- Post links to content that is user friendly.
- Know your audience’s interests.
- Don’t just retweet, generate original links.
- Suggest people, organizations or magazines to follow.
- Be personal.
- … yet avoid the overly personal comments.
Twitter Rules Every Teacher Should Know
- You can’t imply that your event, book, website, or other publication is endorsed or sponsored by Twitter. You also can’t incorporate the Twitter Bird / Twitter logo into another brand’s logo or anything confusing like that.
- Don’t use any of the below versions of the Twitter logo.
- If you’re adding the Twitter logo to some marketing materials, they show how to properly format it all. Same goes if you’re just adding in the Twitter Bird to other materials. Useful to know.
- Always capitalize the T in Twitter and Tweet. Seriously. That’s a little-known rule that basically everyone doesn’t follow but it’s worth trying to remember!
- If you’re writing a book or need to cite a Tweet (we’ve covered citing a Tweet many years ago but check it out here) – they have a few tips.
Twitter Tips For Students and Teachers
- Actually complete your bio.
- Learn the basics.
- Get some style.
- Learn from others.
- Don’t be mean.
- Announce that you’ll be joining a hashtag chat or conference.
- Actually respond in a reasonable amount of time.
- Be gracious and say thank you.
- Make mistakes.
- Start your own hashtag chat.
- Find and use some hashtags.
- Do ‘Follow Friday’.
- Share the stuff you’re reading.
- Reach out and connect with someone.
- Do some backchannel talks.
- Create your own classroom hashtag.
- Connect Twitter to Moodle or Blackboard.
- Don’t mandate your students follow you on Twitter.
- Share some of your lesson plans.
- Collaborate with other classrooms in your school, district, or another country.
- Host reading discussions.
- Actually use Twitter for writing assignments.
Twitter Cheat Sheet:
Guide to Education-Oriented Twitter Hashtags: