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).

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By Colleen Worrell, Secondary Technology Integration Coordinator

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