Yesterday, we shared resources for building your personal learning network (PLN) with Twitter. There are a lot of great folks and chats on Twitter to help you learn. Some have claimed that Twitter is the best professional development that they have access to. Given its 24/7 nature, and wealth of resources, I can understand why.
If you are looking for some great folks to follow on Twitter, here is a list of folks to start with.
Learning with fellow educators through Twitter is an excellent place to start, but this tool has much to offer in the classroom and school as well.
First off, Twitter can be an excellent way to share information about what is going on in your classroom or school. The short format of tweets makes Twitter a great platform for sending out brief updates and news items to students, parents or the community. As an example, check out this Twitter feed for Evansville North High School (@EvansvilleNHS).
Twitter can also be connected to Facebook so that when an account tweets, the same information gets posted as a status update on Facebook.
Teachers can use Twitter as a method for hosting a conversation with students as well by having students tweet to a hashtag. I’ve seen examples of this in which students tweet as if they were characters in a book that a class is reading or in which students are invited to respond to questions that the teacher tweets. I have also seen teachers use a hashtag to invite students to contribute photos for school publications.
Similarly, schools can solicit feedback from parents and the community through Twitter. They can also develop hashtags that invite students and faculty to celebrate what they love about their school.
Twitter is also an excellent way to connect classes with the world. Learners can follow world events in real-time or can tweet with people across the world to learn more about other cultures.
Getting started with Twitter is easier than you might think. Here is a LiveBinder of resources that we have put together to help teachers find inspiration for using Twitter as a learning and communication tool.
The ICATS are interested in creating a directory of teachers, programs and schools in the EVSC that are using Twitter to enhance learning and build community. If you are doing this, we hope you will share that information with us by completing this form.
Also, we would love to hear from you about the uses you’ve found for Twitter in education. Share your stories in the comments below.
Finally, we hope that you will join us for our very first #evscchat on October 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (CST). To participate, simply login to Twitter and follow the #evscchat hashtag. We will be discussing ways that educators can become more connected in the Digital Age.