Tech Tuesday

Using Twitter as Your Personal Learning Network

What is Twitter and why are teachers using it?

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you to send out short messages called tweets. Tweets are limited to 140 characters but can also contain media like photos, videos, or links.


Twitter is a place that you can just lurk, by reading others’ tweets, or contribute to, by sending out your own tweets.


Teachers can follow other teachers who collaborate and share their ideas and resources through their Tweets. When you join Twitter, you choose who you want to follow and you see their updates. Whoever follows you will see your updates as well. Once you are feeling more comfortable, you can join what is called a Twitter Chat, which is a group of people who join up on Twitter on a specific day and time to talk (chat) about a specific topic. There are a ton of great education based Twitter chats out there just waiting for you to join!


Twitter is about connecting with like minded educators for personalized and ongoing professional development.

Sign up!

To sign up for Twitter, simply go to http://www.twitter.com and complete the registration. You will choose a username which will become what is called your "Twitter Handle" For example, my Twitter handle is @Lagnella.


I've included a few documents/sites below to get you started learning some Twitter lingo and information. If you are already signed up, I also included the schedule for the weekly educational Twitter chats and a link to Tweetchat, which is a great site for participating in the chats more easily.


Some of my favorite chats include:

#Edtechchat (8:00pm Mondays)

#4thchat (8:00pm Mondays)

#flipclass (8:00pm Mondays)

#Edchat (7:00pm Tuesdays)

#5thchat (8:00pm Tuesdays)

#specialedchat (4:00pm Wednesdays)

#tcrwp (7:30 Wednesdays)

#whatisschool (6:00pm Thursdays)