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Saturday, April 19, 2014

How Teachers Use Twitter

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).

Sunday chats:

Monday chats:

Tuesday chats:

Wednesday chats:

Thursday chats:

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!

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea: using a hashtag for students to recommend a book and to include a photo of the book's cover. Hope this process motivated students to read books and discuss them with peers. I checked the hashtag and got some ideas for books I want to read. Thanks.