What is Twitter?
“A 140 character message which can be many different things to many different people. It can be used by a family to keep in touch, or a company to coordinate business, or the media to keep people informed or a writer to build up a fan base. Twitter is micro-blogging. It is social messaging. It is an event coordinator, a business tool, a news reporting service and a marketing utility.”
Why Educators Should Join Twitter
We live in the 21st century where our students don’t just “do” social networking; it is a part of who they are as digital citizens. To us, it’s a big deal to get on Facebook or Twitter, and to our students it is something they cannot fathom living without. Understanding their connection with those sites will increase an educator’s connection with their students. Being able to talk their language may even provide an opportunity to breakthrough to a hard to reach student.
Many educators have students that they cannot seem to reach. Sometimes those educators do not feel comfortable reaching out to their immediate colleagues, so they reach out to people they follow or to the people who follow them on Twitter. Many times those colleagues on Twitter can provide really valuable resources that can help educators meet the needs of their hardest to reach students.
Why and How with Twitter
- Twitter in Education
- Twitter Tips for Teachers and Educators
- 35 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
- Follow Simon Crook
- Slideshare from Bournemouth University
- Why Twitter – Techland Time
- 12 Reasons to Start Twittering – Michael Hyatt
- A Teacher’s 3 Twitter Accounts – iPADS 4 SCHOOL