Twitter - J. Morroni

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1. What is Twitter?

1.1. Twitter is a social media tool that allows users to share ideas and communicate through brief text passages of 140 characters or less.

1.1.1. Twitter messages are called tweets

1.1.2. Although tweets' text space is limited, the text can include hyperlinks to webpages, photos, articles, and other information on the internet

1.1.3. Tweets can be tagged with keywords called "hashtags", which allow other Twitter users to search for and organize the information being shared Learn about using hashtags on Twitter:

1.1.4. Twitter users can send tweets to all other Twitter users around the world, or they can directly send tweets only to specific users via replies

1.2. Twitter users can customize their own profile

1.2.1. Each Twitter user chooses a "handle" or name for their Twitter account, which begins with the "@" symbol Learn to get started on Twitter:

1.2.2. Twitter users can choose colors, images, and styles for their twitter account, including a brief profile describing themselves to other twitter users Learn how to create your own profile on Twitter:

1.2.3. Twitter users can choose which other Twitter users they want to "follow" and communicate with, and can also manage which other users follow and communicate with them Learn about how Twitter lets you selectively find and follow specific information:

1.3. Twitter is free, Twitter is mobile, and Twitter is widely used around the world (and constantly growing)

1.3.1. Visit to join Twitter for free!

1.3.2. Twitter isn't confined to a desktop computer; Twitter apps are available for smartphones and tablets Learn to take Twitter on the go:

1.3.3. Approximately 255 million people are using Twitter as of 4/29/14, according to an article on the social media statistics from

1.4. Thanks for the great, detailed explanation about Twitter - I learned a lot, especially through your examples. (S. Enge)

2. Student Collaboration

2.1. Students can engage in an interactive dialogue with a teacher, and with other students instantly

2.1.1. Students can use Twitter to engage in a live class discussion through a "back-channel", posting brief questions or comments via Tweet as the teacher is instructing Twitter back-channels can engage introverted students who don't like to speak in front of the class Teachers can discover areas of interest or confusion from students as they are teaching -- instant feedback for adjusting instruction or following the curiosity of the class Students can ask a question whenever they have one -- both during class and from home after school "Twitter is a great way to keep your students thinking after class,” says Chris O’Neal, an instructional technology coordinator in Charlottesville, VA. “You can tweet a quick provocative question about a social studies lesson, for example, that will keep their brains active.” []

2.2. Students can build personal learning networks with other Twitter users to seek and share information about any topic

2.2.1. Connections with other students and classes within the school If 3 second grade classrooms were simultaneously observing the life cycles of butterflies, they could quickly and easily follow (and learn from) the other class's investigations on a daily basis this is all done through hashtags # !!!-Dr. Fritz

2.2.2. Connections with other students and classes in distant places and other countries Imagine studying a foreign country or culture, and being able to link with peers that live there to ask specific questions and get direct answers The official Twitter account for Sweden is run by a different citizen every week. D. White

2.3. Students can become more involved and active with current issues in their community and beyond

2.3.1. Researching and organizing information about issues that are important to students

2.3.2. Promoting inquiry and self-motivation for learning

3. Collaboration between educators

3.1. Professional Development

3.1.1. Building a Personal Learning Network for education Find and connect to specific educators to follow and learn from

3.1.2. Seek out specific information Finding ideas and strategies from more experienced teachers Lesson plans Age-appropriate learning activities Classroom management strategies Assessment design Seeking feedback for your own teaching ideas from professional peers Other perspectives can help you improve your ideas before you execute them Expanding reflection on past lessons beyond your own perspective

3.1.3. Become active in the education community Share your own experiences and approaches with other educators Offer advice and feedback to other teachers

3.2. Respond to current news and topics

3.2.1. Keep up with new developments that affect education, especially in the areas of politics, technology, content/pedagogy, and research-based strategies For example, how can you use Twitter in your class as a teacher?

3.2.2. Share your opinions and encounter other perspectives on events and issues that affect teachers throughout the world

3.3. This for me is the biggest benefit to Twitter. I'm hoping that everyone has seen all of the learning experiences available through Twitter! (Twitter chats, etc.) -Dr. Fritz

3.3.1. I

3.3.2. When I first got my Twitter account, I didn't have a vision of what I could get out of it, but now (thanks to Dr. Fritz) I can see how useful it is to collaborate and get ideas from others in the education field. (S. Enge) I'm still learning the ins and outs of using Twitter, but I agree with Dr. Fritz that collaboration between educators is the tool's biggest advantage. Susan, I also had no idea how valuable Twitter would be until I joined, and I'm sorry that I waited so long to find out. [J. Morroni]

4. Efficient Communication

4.1. With your students

4.1.1. Quick reminders assignment parameters due dates rubrics and expectations

4.1.2. Follow-ups on the day's lessons Key ideas new vocabulary accepting questions that arise outside of the classroom

4.1.3. Seeking feedback on your teaching from students' perspectives what students did and didn't like within the lesson confusion on any parts of the topic did instruction suit various learning styles

4.2. With parents

4.2.1. Quick reminders school calendar topics: days off, half-days, marking period dates, etc. upcoming school events: assemblies, plays, conferences, etc. upcoming class events: opportunities for parents to visit, class presentations, class trips and chaperone opportunities, etc.

4.2.2. Promoting parent involvement with their child's learning Sharing content being covered in class Suggestions for supporting student learning at home Private messages to specific parents regarding their child's behavior or performance praise for good citizenship or academic accomplishments support for behavior issues alerts on specific issues that arise

4.2.3. Connecting families with community resources Local enrichment events (such as those at the local library, museums, art shows, musical events, etc.) Public welfare organizations Extra-curricular resources (such as athletic leagues, dance studios, music lessons, etc.)