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.

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

Sign up!

To sign up for Twitter, simply go to 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.

Looking for some WW-Peeps to follow?





Town Center has two hashtags: #TCgators and #TCstaffchat which we are using for today's meeting.

Try this:

  1. Sign onto Twitter/Open Twitter
  2. Locate the search bar in the top right corner
  3. Search the following terms, one at a time, to see what you can find:

  • #1stgrade, or #2ndgrade, etc...
This will not only show you other people you can follow, but will bring up Tweets with

this hashtags. You may find links, photos, lessons, etc.

  • #tcrwp
This is the hashtag for Teacher's College. Many teachers and admin from Teacher's College and project schools Tweet here with photos, links, and chats.
  • #iPaded
  • #elemmath, #mathisfun, #1stgrademath, #2dshapes

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!

Our Town Center faculty meeting chat will be held using #TCstaffchat.