Twitter is quite possibly the best place for a teacher who wants to personalize their professional development to go. Whether it's sharing ideas, chatting with teachers, or following hashtags, Twitter allows teachers to connect and share on a level never seen before.
For the classroom, Twitter is a great way to get your students engaging with the world around them. Students are accustomed to using social media with friends and family, but many of my students never realize how easy it was to reach out to authors, actors, poets, etc. Once we reached out to S.E. Hinton after reading The Outsiders and got a reply from her, my students were set on Tweeting their favorite authors. Twitter is especially useful for teachers looking to develop their PLN, engage with other teachers, or learn new ideas. By joining Twitter Chats such as #INeLearn, #DitchBook, #edtechchat, or #COLchat, teachers can discuss, reflect, and connect with other educators in quick and engaging discussions. - ChrisTuckerEdu
"While Twitter often seems to be for self-promotion, gossip, or goofy one-liners, there's an increasing population of educators, classrooms & schools that use it to share ideas and connect with others. Students can ask questions of experts, share their successes and failing-up experiences, and connect with peers across the globe. Teachers can learn from colleagues across a diverse user-base and contribute to professional discourse." - excerpt from Dan R.'s review from Graphite
"What makes Twitter such a valuable teaching tool is the diversity of how it can be used. Mainly as a mode of mutual communication, it can be used for additional "office" hours, reminders and announcements, professional collaboration, running a live tweet hashtag stream of classroom learning as it's taking place, not to mention using the tool as a meta-communication tool- allowing students to create fictional accounts relating to characters of study (i.e. "John Proctor" from the Crucible) and create group tweeting experiences that enhance the traditional learning approach in the classroom." - excerpt from Jessica I's review from Graphite
English - Have students summarize a text with a hashtag theme.
Math - Have students create and tweet out math puzzles to see who can solve them.
Science - Tweet scientist, universities, or other experts in a field you're studying.
Social Studies - Follow trending hashtags to discuss current events.
Are You Interested in Earning the Twitter Badge?
If so, complete the following steps!
View the Office Mix to learn how to use Twitter to personalize your professional development:
Complete this Twitter Evidence Sheet to earn your badge in Twitter! Once completed, you will be emailed your digital badge with micro-credentials.
This badge requires you to participate in one national Twitter chat. Plan to complete this prior to completing the Twitter Evidence Sheet. Some examples of Twitter Chats can be found on the last slide of the Office Mix.