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“Twitter won’t change your life, but it might make your job more fun and a little easier” - NEA
What is Twitter? Twitter is an online social networking site which allows users to send and receive messages of up to 140 characters.
Why should I join Twitter? Twitter has really become an extensive online community for anyone to quickly share and gain ideas on any topic. It’s FREE and very easy to use.
What role does Twitter have in Education? Twitter is a really great way to communicate short and concise thoughts. Some great ways Twitter can be used in education are:
Tweet - a tweet is just the way to say you posted something on Twitter. “I just tweeted that out” means “I just wrote about that on my twitter account”.
Follow - You can “follow” particular people on Twitter to keep updated on all of their posts. It’s kind of like friending someone on Facebook.
Trending - When something is “trending” on Twitter it means that many people are talking about the same thing.
@ - The “@” symbol always comes before someone’s Twitter name. If you want to “tag” someone in a tweet, or tweet something to a particular person you just put the @ symbol and their name. For example: “@The3TechNinjas lead a great presentation today!”
Hashtag - a hashtag is a “#” followed by any series of words. You can use hashtags at the end of posts to categorize your post. Hashtags make it very easy to search for posts on particular topics, as opposed to searching on the web where you would have to sift through a lot of garbage to actually find what you are looking for.
Some great hashtags to follow are #edchat #edtech #ntchat
Educators really can’t afford to NOT be on Twitter. Our educational landscape is changing very rapidly. Our students are using this technology every day, and as educators we must continually be growing and finding new ways to learn and to reach our students. Is Twitter perfect? By no means. But used correctly, Twitter can really become a catalyst in transforming your classroom, your school, and your teaching. So be bold, step outside the box, and start tweeting today!
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Need more ideas on how to use Twitter? Check out this great website for more ideas!