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Unleashing free knowledge for educational use

Unleashing Free Knowledge For Educational Use

The Power of Twitter Community in the Classroom

By the end of this presentation we will be able to
By the end of this presentation, we will be able to……

  • Develop an understanding of terminology and professional use of Twitter.

  • Acquire integration ideas for use

  • Create a Twitter Account

  • Conduct a Twitter Search

  • Receive Resources to Further Knowledge

Twitter terminology
Twitter Terminology

  • MicroBlogging: 140 characters or less via SMS, instand messaging, email, Twitter’s website, third party websites, third party apps.

  • Profile Badge: Classroom/Educator Brand

  • Friends or Follower

  • Receive updates through text messages, RSS, 3rd party apps

  • Hashtag: # (Conduct Search, or Way to communicate if you do not follow each other)

Sign up for a twitter account
Sign up for a Twitter Account

Your display name can be your own name or  a pseudonym.  You will need to give an email address, as you will need to validate your account.

Customize your profile page
Customize Your Profile Page

  • Settings: Write Bio, Select Profile Picture, Customize Look or Brand or Your Page: Background and Color Scheme, set up Web Widget

  • Account: Private: Open so people can see your tweets that follow you, Many choose not to follow if you protect tweets, since they can’t see previous tweets.

  • Mobile: Text Message Notifications

Why twitter
Why Twitter?

  • Quick Communication with Parents 24*7

    • Send Reminders, Announcements, latest class news

    • Create Twitter Lists specific to your course that others can follow

  • Bring Educational Experts Into the Classroom

  • Develop a PLN: Share Educational Links, Resources

  • Collaborate

Here are the most popular teaching hashtags
Here are the most popular teaching hashtags:

#Edtech– anything to do with technology in the classroom#education – anything to do with education#elearning– mostly about computer based learning, although also covers anything to do with the ‘e’ role in learning#teachers – focuses on the teacher#edchat– a weekly and lively discussion about all things education#ntchat– resources for new teachers#teachmeet– connecting teachers#ukedchat– UK teacher chat#ozteachers– Australian teacher chat#gct– Google certified teachers#ednews– news feed#ceoelearn– Catholic education chat (very active resource feed)

#teacherontwitter – Most posts are for job vacancies.

#spedchat – short for Special Education Chat, this list is usually very deep in thought and helpful around special needs in education and great for teacher train

Subject or role specific
Subject or role specific

  • #elemchat – elementary teacher chat#mathchat – math teacher chat#scichat – science teacher chat#college chat – for teachers of college students#kinderchat – kindergarten chat#cpchat – connected principals chat#bio – biology chat (can get mixed results)#tlchat – teacher librarians chat#spedchat – teachers working in special ed#kedu – another kindergarten hashtag

  • #dublinisd

Integrating in classroom curriculum
Integrating In Classroom Curriculum

  • Gather Real World Data: Location, Geography, Temperature, Historical Fact, Opinion

  • Monitor/GeoTag “Buzzwords” on www.twitterfall.com Example: “Poverty”

  • Use www.twittermap.com: Get an idea where certain topics are being discussed most.

  • Bring a historical figure to life: www.historicaltweets.com

  • Research author or book or Develop Tweetstory with other classrooms.

  • Start online book club

  • Develop Class haikus, Micropoem: #poetweet or #micropoem

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Integrating In Classroom Curriculum

  • Scavenger Hunts: Find websites, pics, online docs

  • Brainstorming

  • Keep Discussions Going: Large Group: Projection Screen to display results from chosen #Hashtags

  • Upload Videos from iPods to share on Twitter Feed

  • Probability Questions: Example: "What are the chances it will snow where you are?"With a variety of people in different locations you will hopefully have a variety of different responses.

  • Track School Trips with Twitter

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Integrating In Classroom Curriculum

  • Research Diary: Sharing, Reflecting, Engaging, Inquiring, Reporting

  • Mulit-Media Class Newspapers: http://paper.li/

Applications for twitter
Applications For Twitter

  • Twitter

  • TweetDeck: Column Based Approach

  • Twitterrific: Pay for multiple accounts

  • TwitBird: Ad supported free

  • Tweetie

  • HootSuite: similar to TweetDeck