Twitter is a microblogging platform in which users share resources, discuss ideas, and collaborate all in 140 characters.
Video -- play, pause, learn, play -- Twitter: What and How
Click the image for larger view of a partial image from Kathleen Morris's post about Twitter.
In the image below you will see 15 excellent educational resources highlighted, discovered in just a few minutes: I logged in, I searched for "#elemchat" and read and chose resources from the tweets. Everyone in this section is relevant to my teaching today -- from math/standards lessons to rubrics to assessment to science tools.
Twitter does not consume your time; it saves time by providing answers to your questions, current research and resources, and links to webinars and further information.
How do you get started?
On the computer, go to http://twitter.com and click Sign Up.
I suggest starting with a personal account, but you can start with your educator account for our school. Just start your account name with nsd and add your last name. mine is nsdedwards
For your personal name -- please make it identifiable to you, rather than a silly name; this is part of your digital personal: make it professional, whether personal or school.
On your iPad, open your iPad settings, go to Twitter, install the app, and create an account. Please create an account nsdyourlastname; mine is nsdedwards.
Open the Twitter app, and go to your profile -- see below -- and click 'edit profile.' If you don't have bio info, others will not follow you. A picture is also helpful.
See the little note icon at bottom left? Click it to add a note-- 140 characters including spaces:
Be sure to click 'send.'
Your message will appear on your profile.
Here I have sent a note to a friend, Mrs. Denise Krebs. Her username is mrsdkrebs, so I address the note as @mrsdkrebs
I asked her for her ideas about Twitter. Her response:
What do the icons mean on top of each message?
Still, why Twitter?
The sixth, seventh, and eighth grades students at our school and two Iowa schools learned the Parts of Speech together in a collaborative project using Google docs. The whole project began in Twitter:
A sample of our messages:
The best way to learn Twitter is to just lurk a while. Go to
Cybraryman's Twitter Chat page and select a chat about your interests. Type the name ( including the # such as #3rdchat or #spedchat ) into the search bar at the top of your Twitter page. You will be taken to the most recent conversation in that chat, like the #elemchat previously discussed.
Read a few, click on a person's name that has tweeted something you like, and click 'Follow' by their name.
Soon your timeline will be filled with tweets by those people. And soon they will become your friends in your professional learning network (PLN), just as @mrsdkrebs, @tracywatanabe, and @plnaugle and so many others are to me.
More Twitter Info:
Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.