Hi, all. First day of vacation, and I'm at the airport. I love my students more than anything in the world, but it's great to get away!
I wanted to use a post to extol the virtues of Twitter. Twitter is a forum for 140 character messages. Once you understand the conventions of how Twitter works, it's pretty addictive.
Every day, hundreds of educators use hashtags (#) to have conversations. For example, if I have a link or an idea to share with English teachers, I'd use #engchat or #nctechat. Everyone else who uses that hashtag will see my tweets and can connect with me (@abbeydick). Even if you miss a chat, you can type in the hashtag and read about it later.
I also used Twitter with my students this past month as part of their independent reading projects. They tweeted advertisements for their books using #t3reading. It worked so well. Teens seem to be off Facebook now and on Twitter (and Instagram and Snapchat).
Check out these cool pictures, courtesy of Sean Junkins (@sjunkins).
If you haven't been on Twitter, you need to give it a try. It's a great way to make friends and learn something new!