Twitter For TeachersTwitter For Teachers
10 reasons for education10 reasons for education
professionals to use Twitterprof...
What is Twitter?What is Twitter?
• Twitter is a “microblogging” site where people shareTwitter is a “microblogging” site w...
But why?But why?
#1: Collaboration with Peers#1: Collaboration with Peers
““With Twitter, educators can activelyWith Twitter, educators can...
#2 Sharing of Ideas and Resources#2 Sharing of Ideas and Resources
Twitter can be like a virtual staffroomTwitter can be l...
#3 Pro-D opportunities are open to#3 Pro-D opportunities are open to
the world, in real time.the world, in real time.
Pro-...
#4: Breaking News#4: Breaking News
Twitter users can tweet from mobileTwitter users can tweet from mobile
devices, which m...
#5 Searching for Current#5 Searching for Current
Information.Information.
Twitter allows you to search forTwitter allows y...
#6 Finding Experts#6 Finding Experts
Who is an expert? Web 2.0 tools haveWho is an expert? Web 2.0 tools have
made the int...
#7 Self-promotion#7 Self-promotion
Phil Bradley uses Twitter to prompt users to read hisPhil Bradley uses Twitter to promp...
#8 Event Promotion#8 Event Promotion
Twitter messages can get peopleTwitter messages can get people
excited about upcoming...
#9 Keeping up with the latest#9 Keeping up with the latest
technologytechnology
As with Facebook and other socialAs with F...
#10 Reflective Practice#10 Reflective Practice
Reflecting on what works well andReflecting on what works well and
what nee...
And one moreAnd one more
thing…thing…
Re-creationRe-creation
Everyone needs downEveryone needs down
time. Posting personaltime. Posting personal
interests and s...
ReferencesReferences
Bradley, P. (2009). Using twitter in libraries. Retrieved fromBradley, P. (2009). Using twitter in li...
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  1. 1. Twitter For TeachersTwitter For Teachers 10 reasons for education10 reasons for education professionals to use Twitterprofessionals to use Twitter
  2. 2. What is Twitter?What is Twitter? • Twitter is a “microblogging” site where people shareTwitter is a “microblogging” site where people share tweetstweets • Microblogging is a term that means blogging by postingMicroblogging is a term that means blogging by posting small chunks of informationsmall chunks of information • These small chunks of information are called tweetsThese small chunks of information are called tweets • Tweets range in content from personal to professional,Tweets range in content from personal to professional, with many posting links to important information foundwith many posting links to important information found on the webon the web • Increasingly, educators are, “bend(ing) Twitter to theIncreasingly, educators are, “bend(ing) Twitter to the purpose (they) want to use it for!” (O’Connell, 2009)purpose (they) want to use it for!” (O’Connell, 2009)
  3. 3. But why?But why?
  4. 4. #1: Collaboration with Peers#1: Collaboration with Peers ““With Twitter, educators can activelyWith Twitter, educators can actively compare what’s happening in theircompare what’s happening in their classrooms with others on differentclassrooms with others on different continents” (Tech&Learning, 2009).continents” (Tech&Learning, 2009). In the past, teachers taught in isolation,In the past, teachers taught in isolation, alone in their classrooms. Increasingly,alone in their classrooms. Increasingly, that model has shifted to athat model has shifted to a collaborative model. Twitter allowscollaborative model. Twitter allows teachers to communicate with eachteachers to communicate with each other, whether next door or around theother, whether next door or around the world, and come up with new andworld, and come up with new and inspiring ways of teaching.inspiring ways of teaching.
  5. 5. #2 Sharing of Ideas and Resources#2 Sharing of Ideas and Resources Twitter can be like a virtual staffroomTwitter can be like a virtual staffroom where teachers can access inwhere teachers can access in seconds a stream of links, ideas,seconds a stream of links, ideas, opinions, and resources from a hand-opinions, and resources from a hand- picked selection of globalpicked selection of global professionals (Tech & Learning,professionals (Tech & Learning, 2009).2009). So many times I’ve learned new ideasSo many times I’ve learned new ideas and resources from colleagues justand resources from colleagues just by sitting in the same room, having aby sitting in the same room, having a conversation. Twitter takes theconversation. Twitter takes the conversation world-wide.conversation world-wide.
  6. 6. #3 Pro-D opportunities are open to#3 Pro-D opportunities are open to the world, in real time.the world, in real time. Pro-D activities previously confined to aPro-D activities previously confined to a specific geographical area can bespecific geographical area can be opened to the world.opened to the world. For example, during the “HackingFor example, during the “Hacking Education” conference, held inEducation” conference, held in Manhattan in 2009, participants postedManhattan in 2009, participants posted real-time tweets outlining the daysreal-time tweets outlining the days discussions, which were answered bydiscussions, which were answered by the tweets of others from around thethe tweets of others from around the world (Johnson, 2009).world (Johnson, 2009).
  7. 7. #4: Breaking News#4: Breaking News Twitter users can tweet from mobileTwitter users can tweet from mobile devices, which meansdevices, which means information can be addedinformation can be added instantly from just aboutinstantly from just about anywhere. Breaking news storiesanywhere. Breaking news stories are often posted to Twitter beforeare often posted to Twitter before mainstream media can broadcastmainstream media can broadcast them. This makes Twitterthem. This makes Twitter invaluable for keeping abreast ofinvaluable for keeping abreast of new information or whennew information or when teaching a unit on current events.teaching a unit on current events.
  8. 8. #5 Searching for Current#5 Searching for Current Information.Information. Twitter allows you to search forTwitter allows you to search for information. Unlike using otherinformation. Unlike using other search engines, you will seesearch engines, you will see links to sites that others havelinks to sites that others have found useful. The informationfound useful. The information is likely to be very current, asis likely to be very current, as Twitter users will only link toTwitter users will only link to what they’ve found duringwhat they’ve found during current research.current research.
  9. 9. #6 Finding Experts#6 Finding Experts Who is an expert? Web 2.0 tools haveWho is an expert? Web 2.0 tools have made the internet more interactive.made the internet more interactive. Individuals from all educationalIndividuals from all educational backgrounds are posting material,backgrounds are posting material, leaving the reader to figure out what’sleaving the reader to figure out what’s relevant, accurate and useful.relevant, accurate and useful. Increasingly, “contribution counts forIncreasingly, “contribution counts for more than credentials” (Hamel, 2009),more than credentials” (Hamel, 2009), as all materials are considered equally.as all materials are considered equally. Experts are those who activelyExperts are those who actively contribute to their field and keepcontribute to their field and keep abreast of new information.abreast of new information.
  10. 10. #7 Self-promotion#7 Self-promotion Phil Bradley uses Twitter to prompt users to read hisPhil Bradley uses Twitter to prompt users to read his blog: “blog: “I have my blog entries posted across toI have my blog entries posted across to Twitter, which alerts followers to what I'm talkingTwitter, which alerts followers to what I'm talking about in more detail. I also feed the Twitter postsabout in more detail. I also feed the Twitter posts back to the weblogs to point out to blog readersback to the weblogs to point out to blog readers what I'm doing on Twitter” (Bradley, 2009).what I'm doing on Twitter” (Bradley, 2009). ThisThis helps solve the problem of recruiting readers.helps solve the problem of recruiting readers. Having trouble getting parents to check theHaving trouble getting parents to check the class/library blog? Link to Twitter, so parents canclass/library blog? Link to Twitter, so parents can get notifications when new items have been addedget notifications when new items have been added to the blog.to the blog.
  11. 11. #8 Event Promotion#8 Event Promotion Twitter messages can get peopleTwitter messages can get people excited about upcoming events:excited about upcoming events: • start a count down to student ledstart a count down to student led conferencesconferences • send out excited tweets about thesend out excited tweets about the upcoming book fairupcoming book fair • post a link to your school fun fairpost a link to your school fun fair websitewebsite The possibilities are endless.The possibilities are endless.
  12. 12. #9 Keeping up with the latest#9 Keeping up with the latest technologytechnology As with Facebook and other socialAs with Facebook and other social networking technology, Twitter is anetworking technology, Twitter is a part of many student’s lives. Aspart of many student’s lives. As educators, it is important to keep upeducators, it is important to keep up with technology our student’s use inwith technology our student’s use in order to keep our classrooms dynamicorder to keep our classrooms dynamic and relevant. In addition, “even if youand relevant. In addition, “even if you don’t think Twitter has any applicationsdon’t think Twitter has any applications that will work for you at the momentthat will work for you at the moment that doesn’t mean it won’t in the future”that doesn’t mean it won’t in the future” (College@home, 2010).(College@home, 2010).
  13. 13. #10 Reflective Practice#10 Reflective Practice Reflecting on what works well andReflecting on what works well and what needs improvement is anwhat needs improvement is an important part of honing one’simportant part of honing one’s teaching practice. “teaching practice. “Teachers onTeachers on Twitter share these reflectionsTwitter share these reflections and both support and challengeand both support and challenge each other” (Tech&Learning,each other” (Tech&Learning, 2009).2009).
  14. 14. And one moreAnd one more thing…thing…
  15. 15. Re-creationRe-creation Everyone needs downEveryone needs down time. Posting personaltime. Posting personal interests and sharinginterests and sharing the events of a daythe events of a day remind us that we allremind us that we all need re-creation time.need re-creation time. And who knows?And who knows? Maybe you’ll meetMaybe you’ll meet someone who sharessomeone who shares your idea of re-creation!your idea of re-creation!
  16. 16. ReferencesReferences Bradley, P. (2009). Using twitter in libraries. Retrieved fromBradley, P. (2009). Using twitter in libraries. Retrieved from http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/295581http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/295581 College@home. (2010). Twitter for librarians: the ultimate guide. Retrieved from:College@home. (2010). Twitter for librarians: the ultimate guide. Retrieved from: http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/295582http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/295582 Johnson, S. (2009). How twitter will change the way we live. Retrieved from:Johnson, S. (2009). How twitter will change the way we live. Retrieved from: http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/328540http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/328540 O’Connell, J. (2009). Making twitter work for me – and you! Retrieved from:O’Connell, J. (2009). Making twitter work for me – and you! Retrieved from: http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/916667http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/916667 Tech & Learning. (2009). Nine reasons to twitter in schools. Retrieved fromTech & Learning. (2009). Nine reasons to twitter in schools. Retrieved from http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/297714http://www.trailfire.com/joannedegroot/marks/297714
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