Tweet the Teacher: Using Twitter as a Classroom Tool
Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms with about 190 million users. Many of these users are teachers and students in elementary, junior and senior high schools around the globe. Although they utilize Twitter for personal use it seems that teachers are not employing Twitter to meet educational outcomes in course delivery or as a means of contact with stakeholders.
As a means of simple communication, Twitter lets teachers post assignments, links, photos and all sorts of messages to their tweeps. Students and parents can easily follow the teacher either by signing up for Twitter or searching twitter.com/username. Some teachers are encouraging student participation in class discussion by posting tweets / comments. Parents like it because it gives them a sense of what their child is required to do by way of class assignments and general discussions. The opportunities to use Twitter are only limited by the imagination of the teacher.
In doing some research on the use of Twitter in the schools, I have discovered some great resources that may be helpful for beginning teachers and those more seasoned teachers who see value in using Twitter. This resource list is a combination of articles, videos and presentations that highlight ways to integrate Twitter into the classroom. We like all of these:
How One Teacher Uses Twitter in the Classroom – Article by Marshall Kirkpatrick. You can contact Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org http://tinyurl.com/ml3pcp
How to Use Twitter in the Classroom – Multiple editors – well worth the read. http://tinyurl.com/62hvp6l
5 Real Examples of Using Twitter for Education http://tinyurl.com/49qg8qj
This You Tube video – How Twitter is used at UT Dallas. http://tinyurl.com/4fdxcp7
High schoolers at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis use Twitter on this You Tube video. http://tinyurl.com/6fqmprj
Teacher Tips: Using Twitter in the Classroom – Prepared by teacher Chris Haskell. http://tinyurl.com/5usrl7m
If you have additional recommendations we’d love to hear from you.