Twitter is a free microblogging tool that teachers can use as a classroom backchannel, as a way to connect with and learn from other educators and other classrooms, as a means for sharing information with students, parents and the community, and as a way to promote the great things that are going on in their classes.
Link to Twitter Website
Here is an example of a Twitter Discussion
Twitter Mobile Apps
Resources to Help Get You Started
Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
- Have students tweet as characters in books in real time as the class reads.
- Use Twitter as a backchannel during direct instruction.
- Tweet out reminders to students and parents.
- Share class learning and events in real time with parents and community.
- Follow other classes around the world.
- Follow relevant hashtags while learning about topics (ex. follow historic events as they unfold, astronauts as you study space, authors as you read their works).
- Tweet to relevant people who might have something to offer your class as they study (answers, encouragement, insight).
- Create hashtags that promote positive messages in your school community.
- Have students use Twitter as a response system by tweeting answers to questions.
- Have students write summaries, haiku and other short form assignments.
- Tweet out amazing class and student created products.
- Participate in global twitter chats such as #StuVoice and #rhkidschat.