Introduction to Twitter
Why Every Teacher Should have a Twitter Account
What Exactly is Twitter & How Does it Work?
Twitter and 'tweeting' is about broadcasting daily short burst messages to the world, with the hope that your messages are useful and interesting to someone. In other words, microblogging.
Conversely, Twitter is also about discovering interesting people online and following their burst messages for as long as they are interesting.
For more in-depth information on Twitter, please read the article below.
Why Teachers Should Use Twitter
Why Twitter Matters in Education
How do I Create a Twitter Account?
- Go to http://twitter.com and find the sign up box, or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup.
- Enter your full name, phone number, and a password.
- Click Sign up for Twitter.
- In order to verify your phone number, we will send you an SMS text message with a code. You may also request a voice call to verify your phone number. Enter the verification code in the box provided. Learn more about having a phone number associated with your account.
- Once you've clicked Sign up for Twitter, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one we've suggested. We'll tell you if the username you want is available.
- Double-check your name, phone number, password, and username.
- Click Create my account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to let us know that you're human.
Tips for Picking a Username
- Your username is the name your followers use when sending @replies, mentions, and direct messages.
- It will also form the URL of your Twitter profile page. We'll provide a few available suggestions when you sign up, but feel free to choose your own.
- Note: You can change your username in your account settings at any time, as long as the new username is not already in use.
- Usernames must be fewer than 15 characters in length and cannot contain "admin" or "Twitter", in order to avoid brand confusion.
The Teachers Guide to Twitter
Kathy Schrock: Twitter for Teachers
Hashtags are keywords that categorize what you’re tweeting about. For instance, you might use “#edtech” at the end of a tweet about how your students use tablets. You can also search Twitter for a hashtag that you’re interested in. This will bring up tweets from other users who have tweeted about that topic. Here’s a look at some (but definitely not all) of the most popular education hashtags.
General education: #teaching, #teachers, #learning, #k12, #PLN, #edreform, #commoncore, #ccss, #teacherproblems, #edcamp, #globaled
Educational technology: #edtech, #elearning, #edapp (or #edapps), #byod, #blendinglearning, #ipaded, #1to1
Content or grade-level specific:
Literacy: #kidlit, #literacy, #readaloud
Math: #math, #mathed
Science: #scied, #STEM, #NGSS, #scienceteacher
Social studies: #socialstudies, #historyteacher
Arts: #artsed, #musiced
Early childhood: #earlyed, #preschool, #ece
ESL: #esl, #ell (or #ells)
Special education: #sped, #specialneeds, #autism, #dyslexia
Physical education: #PEgeeks
Speech and language: #SLpeeps, #speech
Other hashtags to note:
#tlap: Inspired by Dave Burgess’s (@burgessdave) Teach Like a Pirate
#comments4kids: Denotes when teachers want others to comment on students’ blog posts.
#flipclass: The latest and greatest ideas about flipped learning
Here is a Listing of Some Additional Educational Hashtags
Here Are Some Of My Favorite Educational People To Follow on Twitter
George Couros: @gcouros
Andy Stanley: @AndyStanley
Yong Zhao: @YongZhaoEd
Shelley Burgess: @Burgess_shelley
Matt Miller: @jmattmiller
Alice Keeler: @alicekeeler
Aaron Hogan: @aaron_hogan
Microsoft Teams: @MicrosoftTeams
Tom Murray: @thomascmurray
Randy Ziegenfuss: @ziegeran
MS Tech Integration: @halcottMStech
Carl Hooker: @mrhooker
Sir Ken Robinson: @SirKenRobinson
Will Richardson: @willrich45
Hall Davidson: @HallDavidson
Dr. Alec Couros: @courosa
Chris Lehmann: @chrislehmann
Angela Maiers: @Angela Maiers
Eric Sheninger: @E_Sheninger
Kathy Schrock: @Kathyschrock
Shelly Sanchez: @shellTerrell