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Tweets for Tweachers

Twitter As a teacher, I understand that you don’t need another thing to keep up with…BUT if you are not using Twitter, you are missing opportunities to grow as a teacher.  Connect with other teachers, or professionals, get ideas, share your brilliance, inform parents…the list goes on and on.  Take a minute to read this blog about how Twitter works, step into this amazing world, and lets connect and share!

Create Your Account

As easy as joining Facebook, Google+, or any other website.  Give Twitter some details about who you are, upload a picture/avatar and start following some educators!

Who to Follow

This depends on where your interests are located and what your learning/teaching goals are.  If you teach science, start with some of these: NASA, the Curiosity Rover, BBC Stargazing, or Hubble Telescope.  Maybe there is a really famous scientist that you love, search for them.

Teaching History?  Check out some of these twitter feeds: History in Pictures, European History, or even the Louvre! Find you passion and your subject by searching in Twitter!

Once you find someone that you like, look at who they follow – this will give you some great places to see and visit. If you are looking for teachers to follow, there are some excellent places to get started.  The website Twitter for Teachers by Kathy Schrock is excellent.  You can also visit Cybraryman and his extensive list of Twitter links.

One word of caution when following people, Twitter limits the number of people you can follow each day, so go slow and easy.  Another thing to do is read through the tweets of the person you are interested in following, make sure that they are sharing things that inspire/impact/help you as a teacher.

#Hashtags

These make Twitter what it is.  When you use the hashtag symbol – # – you create a searchable string behind it.  For example, I frequently use #oklaed and #edtech in my tweets.  Click on these links and you will see all of the tweets from all over the world with those hashtags inside.  Maybe you are using iPads in your class (#ipaded) or you teach math (#mathchat) or you are interested in education (#edchat) or maybe even flipping your classroom (#flipclass) or try something really fun Teach Like A Pirate! (#tlap).  Here is a super huge list from Cybraryman.

You could even make a hashtag just for your classroom – be sure and do a quick search in Twitter to make sure it is not a commonly used tag.  I used #haselcalc for my calculus classes – it simply grouped all of the tweets together to make for easy reading.

Why Use Twitter

  1. Twitter is loaded with tweets about education – ideas that are brilliant and can be used in your room the next day.  Use them to develop yourself as a teacher, get better, be even more amazing (I heard that 2% of the billions of tweets each day were education related…)
  2. Show off how great your school is!  Tweet pictures of your school day and share with the world why your school is amazing!
  3. Connect with other educators.  I have learned so much and developed some great ideas by using ideas from people that I follow on Twitter.
  4. PD – on demand 24/7/365.
  5. Twitter chats – these are very fun to participate in, especially when you think about what is happening: A live conversation with people from all over, discussing a specific topic, in real time.  Chats can be hectic and are difficult to do on your phone or through Twitter itself.  Try using Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, or Tweetchat.

Twitter Chats

These are regularly scheduled chats that center around a specific topic.  I teach in Oklahoma, so I love participating in #oklaed chats on Sunday 8:00 p.m. CST.  Maybe you live in another state or country – do a search on twitter or ask – and find a chat that you can participate in.  Here is a link that will get you started for several different types of chats, and here is one specific to educators in the United States.  These are very powerful – try one out.  Lurk (watch the chat but don’t participate), then when you are ready, hop in and share!

If you are reading this, you probably saw it on Twitter – share this with your non-Twitter or Twitter-skeptic friends, post it on your Facebook account or send an email – lets make a difference today!

Check out what others have to say about Twitter:

Connecticut

Nebraska

California

Texas

Oklahoma

Florida

United Kingdom (With links for teachers and twitter!)

Did I forget something?  Add why you love Twitter in the comments…

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About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant

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5 thoughts on “Tweets for Tweachers

  1. I really have Twitter to thank for getting me involved in #oklaed and connecting me with new mentors. I get so much inspiration and encouragement from the education community on twitter.

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    Posted by mindydenn | May 25, 2015, 7:53 pm

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