Twitter in the Classroom

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Learn how to use Twitter to grow as an educator. In addition, see how students can use the Twitter format to show their understanding of literature. Includes real student samples.

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Twitter in the Classroom

  1. 1. Twitter in the Classroom Jason Stephenson Deer Creek High School Edmond, OK @teacherman82@teacherman82
  2. 2. Today’s Objectives• Understand how Twitter works• Determine ways Twitter can be used for professional development• Connect assessment with Twitter• Create a Twitter account (if applicable) @teacherman82
  3. 3. Who has a Twitter account?
  4. 4. Twitter on the Web www.twitter.com
  5. 5. Twitter on a Smart Phone •Free app •On the go@teacherman82
  6. 6. Tweetping.net
  7. 7. Tweetping.netWed., January 30, 8:45pm CST
  8. 8. Twitter at a Glance• Social media website created in 2006• Over 500 million users• Microblogging (140 characters or less)• Connect with educators, colleagues, authors, organizations, pundits, students• Opportunity for free, individualized professional development @teacherman82
  9. 9. Anatomy of a TweetImage courtesy of @RAndersonFHS & @Amy_LovesYA
  10. 10. Twitter 101: Key Terms• Twitter: an online social networking platform that allows users to send and receive text-based messages known as tweets• Tweets: text-based messages of up to 140 characters (letters, symbols, words, spaces, & punctuation) @teacherman82
  11. 11. Only 140 characters? Letters: OCTE Numbers: 2013 Punctuation: ,.!: Spaces Symbols@teacherman82
  12. 12. If Jane Austen tweeted…• It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.• 23 characters remaining• First line of Pride and Prejudice @teacherman82
  13. 13. If Charles Dickens tweeted…• It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it• 0 characters remaining• First line of A Tale of Two Cities @teacherman82
  14. 14. If Harper Lee tweeted…• When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to• 3 characters remaining• First lines of To Kill a Mockingbird @teacherman82
  15. 15. Twitter 101: Key Terms• Twitter Feed: the running list of tweets from the people you follow (subscribe to)• The most recent tweets appear at the top.• You control who you follow, so you control how small or large your Twitter feed is. @teacherman82
  16. 16. Twitter Feed@teacherman82
  17. 17. What can you tweet?• Updates on your classroom practice• Questions to other educators• Links to interesting articles & blog posts• Live updates of an event or conference (also known as “live-tweeting”)• Photographs of student work• Responses to a Twitter chat• Just about anything! @teacherman82
  18. 18. My Tweets• 4 of 5 stars to Team Cul de Sac by Chris Sparks http://t.co/Gw5SG8y7 Jan 27, 2013• @NickRogerss Certainly. Jan 27, 2013• @leviww You bested me! I need to practice my skills. Kudos! Jan 27, 2013• Try to beat me! My Ruzzle username is teacherman82. @ruzzlegame http://t.co/nFtN7JKZ Jan 27, 2013• Tonights din: Rachael Rays creamy mushroom spaghetti with leeks & parm http://t.co/dD5Wg96r Jan 27, 2013• RT @_Snape_: #SomebodyTellMeWhy the Weasley twins had the Marauders Map and never questioned why Ron was sleeping with a man named Pete ... Jan 27, 2013 @teacherman82
  19. 19. My Tweets• "...to his administrations official position on what constitutes a good school." --Alan C. Jones http://t.co/F4z6Qsh6 #edchat Jan 26, 2013• "Our highest government official [sends] his children to a school with an instructional philosophy diametrically opposed..." (1/2) Jan 26, 2013• My secret family got me note cards with books on them. They know me well. #DeerCreekPerks http://t.co/qTPY1XQX Jan 26, 2013• RT @OfficiallyAlly: Seriously, people. Being a teenager isnt about figuring out who you should be with. Its about figuring out who you ... Jan 26, 2013• RT @Earth_Pics: Worlds most exotic Tennis Court. Located on the top of Dubais 7 star hotel Burj Al Arab. http://t.co/VghSRBae Jan 26, 2013 @teacherman82
  20. 20. Twitter 101: Key Terms• Follow: (verb) subscribe to the tweets of a user• Followers: the people that subscribe to your tweets• Following: the number of people you follow• Unlike Facebook, you do not have to follow people that follow you, and vice versa. Users will not receive messages if you decide to unfollow them. @teacherman82
  21. 21. Twitter 101: Key Terms• @—a way of referring to another user @teacherman82
  22. 22. Who to follow? Create a personalized PLC.Enjoy interesting professional development. Make your account public or private.
  23. 23. Twitter Users / Tweeps• Penny Kittle• @pennykittle @teacherman82
  24. 24. Twitter Users / Tweeps• Kelly Gallagher• @KellyGToGo @teacherman82
  25. 25. Twitter Users / Tweeps• Jim Burke• @englishcomp @teacherman82
  26. 26. Twitter Users / Tweeps• Carol Jago• @caroljago @teacherman82
  27. 27. Twitter Users / Tweeps• Donalyn Miller• @donalynbooks @teacherman82
  28. 28. Twitter Users / Tweeps@teacherman82
  29. 29. Twitter 101: Key Terms• RT—retweet—(verb) share the tweet of one user with all of your Twitter followers• Retweet tweets you find interesting, important, and relevant to your followers.• If a user retweets too much, go to the user’s profile page on the Twitter website to turn off their RTs. You cannot disable RTs through the Twitter smart phone app. @teacherman82
  30. 30. My retweets• RT @_Snape_: #SomebodyTellMeWhy the Weasley twins had the Marauders Map and never questioned why Ron was sleeping with a man named Pete ... Jan 27, 2013• RT @OfficiallyAlly: Seriously, people. Being a teenager isnt about figuring out who you should be with. Its about figuring out who you ... Jan 26, 2013• RT @sethmeyers21: Favorite Discovery of the Week: Chinese tennis player Li Na is really funny http://t.co/9QS0gr60 Jan 26, 2013 @teacherman82
  31. 31. Twitter 101: Key Terms• MT—a modified retweet—a revised or edited tweet• A way to give your followers better context for what you want to retweet @teacherman82
  32. 32. My modified tweets• MT Beautiful sunset in the Sooner State! “@rustysurette: Almost a perfect triangle in the blazing sky. #Oklahoma http://t.co/lw6fyiH9” Jan 24, 2013• The Credible Hulk “MT @morgetron: You wouldnt like me when Im angry. #engchat http://t.co/ovOsOu8k” #ethos Dec 05, 2012• Great tips for annotating an AoW: “MT @annadhughes: Nice worksheet on "How to Mark a Book" http://t.co/aseuSCJl” Oct 19, 2012 @teacherman82
  33. 33. Twitter 101: Key Terms• Reply—when you directly respond to a specific user beginning with their username• Your Twitter followers will not see your replies in their Twitter feeds unless they also follow the user you are replying to.• If your account is public, users can view your replies by viewing all your tweets.• Easy way for students to communicate with you @teacherman82
  34. 34. My @ replies• @Taylorsturner7 You could read the book too! Jan 26, 2013• @Ejar34 Buck Wild = Honey Boo Boo + Jersey Shore Jan 25, 2013• @ElaynaMarie22 Yes. Pick your own. Did you get my Newsflash? Jan 25, 2013• @hale27storm That book is fascinating and unsettling! Jan 25, 2013• @AngieSimonton I wonder how she would do against Otis. Jan 25, 2013 @teacherman82
  35. 35. Twitter 101: Key Terms• Favorite—(verb) mark an important tweet by favoriting it.• Read or watch a link to an article or video contained in a tweet at a later date.• Show agreement or support of a tweet @teacherman82
  36. 36. My Favorites
  37. 37. Favorites• Locate your favorites on your profile page (“Me”)
  38. 38. Twitter 101: Key Terms• DM—direct message—You can only send a direct message to someone who follows you.• More private conversation @teacherman82
  39. 39. My direct messages
  40. 40. Twitter 101: Key Terms• Hash tag: a word or phrase preceded by a “#.” By using hash tags, you can group tweets around that topic.• Hash tags act like hyperlinks. Click them to see other tweets which also contain that hash-tagged word or phrase. @teacherman82
  41. 41. Twitter Chats• Engage in scheduled or ongoing educational discussions• #engchat: weekly• #titletalk: monthly• #edchat: ongoing• #ncte: ongoing• #northr4p: classroom-focused @teacherman82
  42. 42. Twitter Chats• User TweetDeck or tweetchat.com to keep up with rapid-fire chats @teacherman82
  43. 43. Tweet Deck
  44. 44. TweetChat.com@teacherman82
  45. 45. TweetChat.com
  46. 46. #engchat• #engchat: a weekly Twitter chat on Mondays at 7EST about current trends and ideas for teaching English• Each week has a different topic: teaching vocabulary, writing instruction, online tools for teachers, etc.• Chats are archived at www.engchat.org• The chat is hosted by @meenorami @teacherman82
  47. 47. #engchat
  48. 48. #titletalk• #titletalk: a monthly Twitter chat on the last Sunday night at 7pm CST about reading.• Each month has a different topic: social issues with books, setting goals, graphic novels, etc.• Chats are archived at http://titletalk.wikispaces.com• The chat is hosted by @donalynbooks and @colbysharp. @teacherman82
  49. 49. #titletalk
  50. 50. #edchat• Educators from around the world tag their tweets with the #edchat hash tag.• Meet other like-minded or differently- minded educators through this hash tag. @teacherman82
  51. 51. #edchat
  52. 52. #ncte• English teachers from across America tag their tweets with the #ncte hash tag.• Meet other like-minded or differently- minded educators through this hash tag. @teacherman82
  53. 53. #ncte
  54. 54. #northr4p• Claudia Swisher (@ClaudiaSwisher) at Norman North High School created a special hash tag for her Reading for Pleasure classes.• Students use #northr4p to tag their book reviews and quotes, and Claudia RTs them.• They tweet to authors who sometimes tweet back! @teacherman82
  55. 55. Claudia Swisher@teacherman82
  56. 56. #northr4p
  57. 57. Twitter in the Classroom• Short posts –compressed language –summarization skills –clever abbreviations, hash tags, and memes• Makes for quick assessment @teacherman82
  58. 58. Tweeting Assessment• To Kill a Mockingbird tweets• No need to make an actual Twitter account for this• Use paper or a website• http://faketweetbuilder.com @teacherman82
  59. 59. Atticus Finch @I_See_Gray• What defines a man these days? Character or color? #WeAllKnowThatANSWER• My children are remarkable. S/O to @Scout_Finch for keeping the peace.• @Ms.Dubose Jem will be happy to read to you #sorryabouttheplants• I am always a little up and to the left. Still got the job done though. #GoodShotForAnOldMan @teacherman82
  60. 60. Arthur Radley @scissor_recluse48• @PoutScouty235 You’re welcome about the blanket. #payitforward• What’s up with the kids at the school thinking my tree’s fruit is poision? #Goonkids #eatup• Someone give me the deets on the trial! I wanna know if the world is ready 4 me again• Totes just shanked @OleBobbyE after he attacked two kids #whatapunk @teacherman82
  61. 61. Scout Finch @Scout_finch• #thewayiseeit we’re all people, so why don’t we all get treated equally? #peoplethesedays• @QueenAlexandria I hate being treated like I’m stupid! I don’t want to act like a lady! I want [to] wear overalls and run around outside everyday! #tomboyproblems• #thatawkwardmoment when you get in trouble for using bad language when your cousin is really the one who started it all. #stupiduncle #stuckupcousinproblems @teacherman82
  62. 62. Short Story Tweets• “Searching for Summer” by Joan Aiken• “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benét• “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury• “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut• Twitter was not the only project option, but many students chose it, even students who did not have Twitter accounts.
  63. 63. Searching for Summer@teacherman82
  64. 64. Searching for Summer@teacherman82
  65. 65. Searching for Summer@teacherman82
  66. 66. Searching for Summer@teacherman82
  67. 67. Searching for Summer@teacherman82
  68. 68. By the Waters of Babylon @john_sonofjohn•The spirits in the Dead Place are drawing my spirit outof my body #feellikeafishonaline•Im watching myself sleep but its not me. Looking uponthe city of the gods where it doesnt get dark•The gods are restless #alwaysinmotion#thisplaceismagic•The gods wisdom cant grow until all is peace•They ran around like ants in the streets of their city.Then the towers began to fall. Only a few escaped#thinkinboutthegreatburning #anddestruction @teacherman82
  69. 69. By the Waters of Babylon @john_sonofjohn•My father is a priest, I am the son of a priest.#bejealous•Going to the Dead Place #notevenscared•Just touched the metal #stud #didntdie#gonnabeapriest•Finally a man. Dad said its time #goingonajourney•8 days to go #letsdothis #gotmybowandarrow•Looking south, guess what I see... #placeofthegods @teacherman82
  70. 70. By the Waters of Babylon @john_sonofjohn•Making the raft, singing to myself #soemotional#imscared•Finally made it over the river. Why is it forbidden?•Not afraid anymore. Hungry for knowledge #andforfood•Heading to the god road, big dog is following me. Aboutto lock them behind a door #seeyalater#didntseeitcoming•Dry and dusty in the house of gods. I think they washedin the air. #gettingthirsty @teacherman82
  71. 71. By the Waters of Babylon @john_sonofjohn• I see the dead god. The back of his hand is like dry leather #ew #scaredtoapproachhim• Its bugging me. How old is he? #confused• We dont only go to the dead places for metal. Theres also books and writings and magic tools. But the magic tools are broken #whatashame• Lincoln, Biltimore, and Moses werent gods. Nor were they demons. They were men.• We must build again #rememberingthedeadmansface @teacherman82
  72. 72. There Will Come Soft Rains@teacherman82
  73. 73. There Will Come Soft Rains@teacherman82
  74. 74. There Will Come Soft Rains@teacherman82
  75. 75. There Will Come Soft Rains@teacherman82
  76. 76. There Will Come Soft Rains@teacherman82
  77. 77. Meme Picture@teacherman82
  78. 78. Harrison Bergeron@teacherman82
  79. 79. Harrison Bergeron@teacherman82
  80. 80. Harrison Bergeron@teacherman82
  81. 81. Harrison Bergeron@teacherman82
  82. 82. More Ideas• Cynthia Nichols, a professor at OSU, tweets about upcoming due dates, assignments, study tips, and sample test questions for her students.
  83. 83. More Ideas• Kevin Hime, the superintendent of Clinton, created #cpsreds for his district.• CPS: Clinton Public Schools• Reds: Red Tornadoes (school mascot)
  84. 84. Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box”
  85. 85. More Ideas• Ask questions• Engage parents• Post supplementary materials• Write reviews (or include link)• Direct message students & parents @teacherman82
  86. 86. Twitter 101: Advanced Term• Live-Tweet: to tweet about an event as it is happening real time.• “I’m going to live-tweet this ridiculous movie on Netflix.”• Teachers can live-tweet books, movies, field trips, lessons, conferences, etc. @teacherman82
  87. 87. Twitter Testimonials• “Because students are so comfortable with using social media, I found out things about them that I could connect to our discussions / writings. In addition, I use it as another method for reminders. And, as a display of my hilarity!”
  88. 88. Twitter Testimonials• “I LOVE the availability of information with social networking, especially Twitter. I wish we could spend more of our time during PD talking about the different ways that people utilize this tremendous source.”
  89. 89. Twitter Testimonials• “Truly, I learn more sitting down in a 30 minute period alone or sharing with other colleagues via internet than in hours of "meetings"! I feel like I have refreshing information to share every day.”
  90. 90. Twitter Testimonials@teacherman82
  91. 91. Twitter Testimonials@teacherman82
  92. 92. Start your Twitter account!• What’s stopping you?@teacherman82
  93. 93. Sources• Some Twitter 101 terms courtesy of Dr. Kimberly Tyson (@tysonkimberly)• Miller, Samantha. “50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom.” TeachHub.com• http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/arc hive/2013/01/what-twitter-really-looks- like/272583/ @teacherman82
  94. 94. Today’s Objectives• Understand how Twitter works• Determine ways Twitter can be used for professional development• Connect assessment with Twitter• Create a Twitter account (if applicable) @teacherman82
  95. 95. Twitter in the Classroom Jason Stephenson Deer Creek High School Edmond, OK @teacherman82@teacherman82

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