Originally posted Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tweeting … It’s Not Just For The Birds
Hi, and welcome to the second installment of ‘Teacher Tech Talk’. A valuable teacher resource that allows teachers to create a useful and meaningful Personal Learning Networks and provides enriching classroom possibilities is Twitter. The 140 character limit social media platform has many educational purposes. Twitter can be used by teachers to communicate and collaborate with students, parents, and fellow colleagues in education.
With Twitter, one can simply start up and follow topics or people that interest them, or get collaborating and sharing ideas and resources with fellow teachers, students, and more. For a quick primer on what Twitter is and how it works go to http://www.commoncraft.com/video/twitter. For more tools and resources for teachers using Twitter check out http://bit.ly/1iMtPPZ. A few interesting people I follow are @courousa, @tomwhitby, and @Larryferlazzo. A few topics that I follow are #ipadded, #edtech, and #byot. One can simply follow and learn from others using Twitter or can contribute as well. For example, one may tweet out links, homework assignments, and important dates to teachers, students, and parents. You can also do a collaborative project with students using Twitter as a way to exchange thoughts and ideas or reach out to an expert via Twitter. After you master the basics of Twitter, you can go on and check out some useful resources such as bit.ly, tweetdeck, and Twitter search to step up your use of Twitter.
Much like the blogs that were mentioned last post, Twitter can provide teachers and students a chance to comment on ideas and concepts in class, work on a problem, or merely vent or share ideas and thoughts. Please check out http://teachertechtalkwithdean.blogspot.ca for this article and past posts, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter at @vendi55. Thank you for your time and remember to innovate, inspire, and collaborate.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.