Twitter for Teachers
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a real-time social network that enables users to research, share, follow, and interact with information, links, stories, images, and videos via 140-character “instant” messages (definition adapted from USC Rossier Online’s “Twitter for Teachers” infographic).
See this video for a quick explanation: Twitter in Plain English
How are teachers using Twitter?
There are two main ways teachers are using Twitter: for their own professional learning and to foster learning & connectivity with students & their families. Here are more specifics on each:
Teacher Professional Learning with Twitter
- Build a “virtual” PLC
- Follow experts in their field
- Keep current on subject area
- Research/share teaching strategies
- Hold online discussions
- Connect with people who have shared interests
- Ask for ideas, information, resources
Twitter with Students
- Remind students about upcoming due dates/assignments
- Share resources with students
- Keep parents updated on things happening in class
- Share related career information
- Connect class to real-world/current events
- Writing assignments
- Learn a foreign language
- Promote events
How to I get started?
While setting up an account is simple, you want to take a few minutes to consider the ways you’ll use Twitter and what your profile will reveal about you. Take a few minutes to review Twitter’s Account Setup recommendations and read Twitter’s advice for newbies before getting started: Twitter Getting Started Guide.
Next, check out Twitter’s Beginner’s Guide to get tweeting.
How can using Twitter help demonstrate proficiency on the Evaluation Indicators?
- Demonstrates teachers expertise in their area & familiarity with pedagogical strategies (Standard I A.1: Subject Matter Knowledge)
- Can be used to show student learning & growth (Standard I.B.1: Variety of Assessment Methods)
- Convenient way to show how you apply feedback and helps model this standard (Standard I.C.1: Sharing Conclusions with Colleagues)
- Can be used to create “constructive feedback loops with students” (Standard I.C.3: Sharing Conclusions with Students)
- Feedback can be used to insure you are meeting the needs of all learners (Standard II.A.3: Meeting Diverse Needs)
- Allows you to monitor engagement and structure different learning activities to promote it (Standard II.A.2: Student Engagement)
- Can foster peer-to-peer learning and helps model quality communication skills among students (Standard II.B.2: Collaborative Learning Environment)
- Flexible, convenient way to find resources/strategies to adapt instruction (Standard II.D.3: Access to Knowledge).
- Great way to keep parents/community informed on what’s happening in your classroom (Standard III.C.1: Two Way Communication).
- Evidence of reflective practice (Standard IV.A.1: Reflective Practice).
- 5 Great Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Research
- 28 Simple Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
- 50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
- Beginner’s Guide to Twitter
- Cure What Ails You: A Dose of Twitter for Every Day (Kathy Schrock)
- Guide to Using Twitter in Your Teaching Practice
- Helping Educators Get Started with Twitter
- The story of a Tweet
- Twitter Cheatsheet
- Twitter for Teachers
- Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable
- Twitterspeak: 66 Twitter Terms
By Colleen Worrell, Secondary Technology Integration Coordinator