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25 top ways teachers use Twitter in the classroom

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25 top ways teachers use Twitter in the classroom

Figuring out how to turn your standard classroom into a high-functioning connected classroom that lets students learn like never before is, well, incredibly difficult. You need to review education websites, consult with colleagues, ask questions, confer with school leaders, and work with all your various constituents. From parents to teachers to students, bringing tech into education is usually a steep STEEP uphill slog.

And that’s just working to bring ANY technology into your classroom. What about when you want to actually allow students to use social networks like Twitter to enhance their learning? That’s a whole other can of worms.

As gross as it may sound, we’ve worked with those cans of worms before. We know what education technology integration requires and how to best make it a reality. That’s why we’ve actually started offering a few education consulting services through Evil Ventures, a new offering with an evil name but only good intentions. Check it out if you’re looking to bring in an education expert to help you on your path to a connected classroom.

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Since most classrooms have a budget somewhere in the negative digits, we wanted to share some of our favorite ways teachers use Twitter in the classroom right now. They are all based on previous experiences and demonstrate an array of ways teachers are effectively integrating social media into education.

See Also: A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels

We whipped up the below visual in an effort to help make it a bit easier to understand (and print out / share) how to easily demonstrate the ways you can use Twitter in the classroom to students, parents, and school leaders who need to sign off on this effort.

However you use the below visual, we hope it inspires you to keep trying to push the digital envelope with your education effort. Best of luck!

twitter in the classroom

How Teachers Use Twitter In The Classroom

  1. Monitor relevant hashtags (and discover new ones!)
  2. Create a classroom account all students can use
  3. Create Twitter lists of accounts on particular topics
  4. Build a list of hashtags and accounts for projects
  5. Coordinate assignments.
  6. Ask other users for homework help
  7. Use Twitter to stay on top of news events (local and global)
  8. Create your own hashtag and have organized chats at particular times
  9. Follow events happening in other countries (conferences, etc.)
  10. Share pictures of projects and field trips
  11. Ask questions of experts or others who might have the answers
  12. Use it to share your classroom blog updates
  13. Communicate with other classrooms anywhere (hashtags are great for this)
  14. Get parents @ mentioning, DMing, or following the classroom account
  15. Review education products with write-ups by students
  16. Snow day? Hold a discussion purely via Twitter for 30 minutes!
  17. Flipped classroom? Use Twitter to keep everyone on track and connected
  18. Students can have a ‘design a background’ competition for the class account
  19. Run experiments to see which tweets get the most retweets and favorites
  20. Create a fictional personality for a ‘fake’ account using a literary figure
  21. Use Twitter as a research tool for students and parents alike
  22. Teachers should connect with other educators around the globe
  23. Follow the ‘big’ hashtags like #edchat and #ntchat (new teacher chat)
  24. Discover and create videos for usage in the classroom
  25. Integrate it into lessons, don’t let it become the lesson

Jeff is an education and technology lover who has worked in far too many industries to count. Okay, like maybe 5 or 6. Jeff can indeed count that high but it’s not recommended. Jeff also likes to write bios in the third-person.

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