Twitter for Teachers


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This was a little intro I did for teachers at Francis Howell North when I was introducing them to Twitter in the fall of 2011.

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Twitter for Teachers

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  2. 2. Twitter<br />
  3. 3. Twitter<br />5 reasons why I’m on it and you should be too<br />It’s the #1 way I get news today (think of Twitter as primarily an information exchange)<br />It has replaced Google Reader as my one-stop shop to keep up on updates to my favorite sites<br />It’s been my textbook for the last three years<br />It’s a great way to keep in contact with people you know and connect with others you don’t<br />It’s a bit more private than Facebook<br />
  4. 4. 5 misconceptions <br />“It’s the tool of the devil – and so it all other social media!”It really isn’t the devil’s too. Odds are, if you go to church, your church is on Twitter (or at least they should be).<br />“I don’t want people to find out bad things about me.” You control your own message. Don’t put bad stuff out there.<br />“If I stay off there, I won’t be talked about.”Wrong. You can’t control others’ messages regardless of whether you are there or not.<br />“It’s just all posts about Sarah and that she had to go buy bananas at Schnucks. I don’t care about that.”Some of it is that. A vast majority isn’t. Just avoid following Sarah.<br />“It’s dumb.”You’re dumb…ok, maybe that’s not the best retort. How ‘bout you just hear me out for a bit and we learn what it is. If you listen, and then try it out for a couple weeks and still think it’s dumb, I’ll let you use that as an reason you’re not on it. <br />
  5. 5. Uses for Twitter in the Classroom <br />Text updates to students without having to actually have their cell phone number.<br />Share interesting information, like websites<br />Practice brevity<br />Follow Politicians, Keep up on politics<br />Practice a foreign language<br />Follow ideas, words and events <br />Exchange ideas with other teachers of your subject<br />Bring a historical figure to life, or connect with a present day prominent person<br />Six Word Stories or Haikus<br />Gives silent kids a way to have a voice<br />Sick kids and parents can keep up during a field trip or a lab<br />Connect classrooms<br />Microblog a daily math problem for students to solve and send back the answer<br /><br />Or go here if that above link is too big -- <br />
  6. 6. There are a lot of people to follow<br />@weatherbird<br />Post-Dispatch Ambassador<br />@barackobama<br /> 9,915,340 followers<br />@MLB<br />1,456,063 followers<br />@breakingnews<br />If it’s news, it’s here<br />@mashable<br />Want tech news? Here’s the best.<br />@NYtimes<br />3,669,361 followers<br />@Ladygaga<br />13,186,386 followers<br />@darthvader<br />Dark Lord of the Sith<br />Want to find some fellow teachers to start?<br /> <br />
  7. 7. It is so easy<br />Main ideas:<br />Every tweet is a max of 140 characters<br />Interaction is key (@replies and RT – retweets)<br />Use a link shortener (ex:<br /># hashtags make it easy to follow and search for updates on specific people or events. For example it you tweet about camp this week use #ASNEmo<br />When you sign up for Twitter, keep your username short and easy. Long names take up too many characters when @replies or RT come through. <br />Start by following people you know, and people involved in hobbies or activities you like. (ex: photography, running, football…)<br />
  8. 8. Have an interest? Twitter has something for you.<br />Go to and explore a little. <br />Find an interest, see who is following them, start following those people<br />When all else fails, use google. “Twitter R2D2”<br />Try it out for at least a week or two before counting it out. <br />
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  11. 11. Hootsuite and Lists<br />
  12. 12. #hashtags (edchat, edtech, poettweet, micropoem)<br />
  13. 13. Twitter<br />