Ideas for Educators Using Twitter
1) If school staff are attending a conference or professional development activity they tweet reflections, favorite quotes, or reactions to what they're learning. I recently worked with a group of educators at a conference where we set up Twitter accounts which they used passively to follow the goings on of the conference using the conference tag for the first two days. By day three most school leaders were also contributing tweets that included instant reflections of what they learned that they planned to bring back to their schools. We could all see one another's Tweets as we used a special tag for our group. Because we used tags Tweets were captured and available for present and future reflecting. It also provided all leaders with access to see what their colleagues are thinking and doing, allowing them to further connect and collaborate. Here are some examples of their Tweets where they were reflecting on what they learned and would bring back to their school.
- Introduce digital writing portfolios through student blogs
- Learn and share Google secrets by going to http://tinyurl.com/nwyeey
- Use twitter and google docs to promote a sense of community that can be extended outside of school
- Teachers can tweet homework assignments
- Have students create tutorials using Screencasting. (mathtrain.tv)
- Use Google Docs to construct grade level planning conference agendas and collaboratively write lesson plans
- Tweets about school happenings or recommendations:
- Help strengthen literacy and reading in the life of your child with the Family Literacy Guide http://tinyurl.com/y9gdgz9
- Parent-teacher conferences are on Wed., Dec. 16, at 4:30 p.m. Parents:Please log onto ARIS Parent Link https://arisparentlink.org
- Need quality information fast? Give netTrekker a try! http://school.nettrekker.com
- Apply for school meals online at ACCESS NYC
- Principal Tweets celebrating student success:
- Ashley D. is working hard on a poem that is sure to inspire a lot of people. Ask him about it.
- Devon D contributed a really insightful comment towards a discussion of stereotyping in advertising during his explore week class.
- Josie Ann M and Ms. Lustick's class are getting ready to read A Rasin in the Sun.
- Just like she said she would, Jazmyn S earned her spot on the honor roll!
- Great news!!! Marta Valle has a Discovery Education United Streaming subscription! The content is amazing! See me for the school passcode
- Obama Calls For Math, Science Push -- Education -- InformationWeek: http://bit.ly/91chYK
- NYC Postcard: The Public Library - http://bit.ly/4IRrBW
- The best books of 2009 from School Library Journal www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6708210.html
- Log on, play around, learn something. @librarycongress http://www.loc.gov/families/
- Free writing resources! A great reference when you need to write almost anything! http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Here's How to Get Started:
- There are three steps to follow to get started. 1) set up a twitter account 2) enable texting updates from your phone 3) select your tag.
- To use twitter from your phone go to www.twitter.com and set up an account.
Note: Teachers may want to set up a personal account as well as an account for their class where they can Tweet from.
Principals may want to set up a school account and give teachers access to send in Tweets.
- You can Tweet from your phone by entering your number at http://twitter.com/devices and entering Twitter into your phone with this number: 40404. Don't worry that it is only 5 digits. Just send a text to it and it will show up in your Twitterfeed.
- Next you'll need to to select a short tag (an approximately 6 letters or less searchable word or acronym) and then have your audience’s tweets include that tag. For context one of the more famous tags that made Twitter popular was IranElection. Schools can use an acronym. For example, Barack Obama High School might be BOHS. In New York City schools all have a district, borough, location (DBN) identifier i.e. 06M001. The DBN is a unique tag that could also be used.
- Users can contribute by simply sms texting on their phone and ensuring the text includes the tag.
- You can capture the tag-specific Tweets in any number of forms. The easiest is to do a simple Twitter search for the tag by typing it into the search box on the right side of the page.
- For more information watch the "Twitter in Plain English" video tutorial at http://www.commoncraft.com/Twitter
- You are now set up to start tweeting your way into the microblogging community.