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Do you use Twitter in classroom?

Do you use Twitter in classroom?

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I didn't use any of social media in classroom.
My daughter says that it is a great way to collaborate with students, her teacher uses Twitter and everybody enjoys using these fancy classroom hashtags.
But I think to ask students to post relevant tweets during class is a little risky as they could distract easily.

How do use Twitter in classroom?
Could you share your classroom pages or hashtags?

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Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi Kenneth,
We primarily use Twitter as a promotional tool, sharing links to blog posts and pictures of classroom instruction. I would like to work in to students writing tweets from the account, but my class time is so tight it's hard to pull off.


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Samer Rabadi
Online Community Manager

Hi Kenneth, we asked our community on Facebook about how they use Twitter in the classroom and got back some interesting responses:

Tracy A.
In literature class, you can have students write tweets to characters in novels. Have the tweet address one of the plot points in the story. It is an effective strategy in helping students identify main ideas or important details.

TEAM:Transforming Education through Arts and Media
TEAM students at Haines Elementary School recently tweeted info-graphics they made about e-waste to extend their messages to a larger audience. Search #TEAM302INFO on Twitter.

Michele L.
Yes. We do a two o'clock tweet a couple days a week to share out to followers what we are learning. Sometimes the kids help pose a question for followers to in order to facilitate responses.

Kyle D.
Yes, for my students to get a summary of what we story or lesson we did that day along with other tidbits of relevant info on community resources

Pamela M.
My third graders Tweet once a week to practice summarization and how to use abbreviations effectively!

Blake J.
In AP Lit I employ it as a backchannel on empty #. We also use it to share artifacts from the real world that reflect themes and ideas from our novels, poems, and plays. Twitter is the perfect vehicle for facilitating democratic practices in the classroom and for sharing with classes from other districts, states, and countries who are studying the same texts.

1:1 Digital Learning Institute
Some teachers use Twitter to help students internalize new vocabulary with sentence stems. ex. The dilapidated building... Students tweet back completed sentences that demonstrate they understand the meaning of the word.

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