Twitter in the Classroom

The Short and Sweet of it!

Why should you consider using Twitter in the classroom?

How could Twitter support the curriculum?

  • Cultivate a PLN for your students
  • Develop questioning and inquiry
  • Develop thoughtful and concise expression
  • Raise global awareness through information sharing

What is it and how does it work?

  1. Twitter is a microblogging social network!
  2. Posts are 140 characters long including any website or hashtags (#) you add.
  3. Follow others, post your own tweets, repost tweets from other people.
*Twitter changed Terms of Service which is left to interpretion that parental consent is required for children under 13.
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Ideas for using Twitter in the classroom

Things to think about as you get started

  1. First of all, set up a classroom Twitter account that is separate from your personal account. You might want to have students Tweet through the class account.
  2. Create a username that identifies your class and/or your school (ex. @VanceMsAllen). You can change it later if you need or want to.
  3. Keep posts learning related. Be thoughtful in your posts. Quality over quantity.
  4. BE AWARE OF NO MEDIA RELEASES. You must be careful when posting pics.
  5. Use bit.ly to shorten any URLs you use in your posts to help stay within 140 characters.