Why Teachers Should Join Twitter

I know what you’re thinking. Oh please, not Twitter. I could care less what Aston Kutcher ate for lunch, but stay with me folks. Twitter is a tool for communication, just like email, Web pages, and blogs; just give it a chance to earn your respect.

The bottom line is: this tool can help you get the most out of a community of professionals. Whether you have a cohort of useful teachers at your disposal every day or not, Twitter can connect you to so much more. You don’t need to spend all day online, you don’t need a fancy phone, and you don’t need to be a technical wizard. You just need the right guide.

Twitter allows you to have (or simply watch/read) short conversational exchanges with people anywhere in the world. With the National Writing Project, you can track conversations at sites all over the country at the click of a mouse.

If you’d like a simple preview of the conversation for a group of teachers on Twitter as a proof of concept, click HERE .

Don’t be scared, there are some symbols that you need to know about before you deem it gobledygook. The “@” and “#” are operators that help track who you’re talking to (@stevejmoore, for example) and about what (#nwp for National Writing Project, for example).

If you’re still curious, unsold, or flustered. Please don’t hesitate to comment! I promise you, there is so much to explore, share, and learn about from tens of thousands of wonderful teachers on Twitter.

Extra Credit: Check out these how-to sources on twitter’s best education resources.

http://edudemic.com/2010/06/the-ultimate-twitter-guidebook/

http://edchat.pbworks.com/

http://www.box.net/shared/4vjrvg4bzm

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11 thoughts on “Why Teachers Should Join Twitter

  1. great posting! i hope you don’t mind if i link back to this on my ISTE10 Learning Tools Smackdown preso wiki! Cheers!
    ~Gwyneth
    the daring librarian

  2. Another panel discussion in D.C. I don’t have a video for it, just a post.

    Speakers:

    Melissa C. Tran, (@thenewtag) – Education and Leadership consultant, moderator
    Jeff Goldstein, (@doctorjeff) – Astrophysicist & Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, panelist
    Deena Marshall, (@la_pRHOfesora) – DC charter school teacher, panelist

    http://www.parentella.com/blog/amandahenson/2010/education-and-real-time-communication-140-conference-dc-recap

    Hope this helps.~ Aparna

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  4. In the past I have not been too receptive to social media. I can see the advantages just as e-mail and other communication tools. I am looking foward to being included in forthcoming discussions.

  5. Hey Carolyn!

    Thanks for responding to the post! You’ve set one foot in the digital waters of learning! I hope you are inspired to start your own conversation and ask your own questions.

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