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Top 10 Twitter Accounts for Educators | My Town Tutors

Top 10 Twitter Accounts for Educators | My Town Tutors | Scriveners' Trappings |
Top 10 Twitter Accounts for Educators

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 19, 2013 4:34 PM

Good places to start.

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Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it) ~ Howard Rheingold

Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it) ~ Howard Rheingold | Scriveners' Trappings |

by Howard Rheingold


"Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively. Sure, Twitter is banal and trivial, full of self-promotion and outright spam. So is the Internet. The difference between seeing Twitter as a waste of time or as a powerful new community amplifier depends entirely on how you look at it – on knowing how to look at it.


"When I started requiring digital journalism students to learn how to use Twitter, I didn’t have the list of journalistic uses for Twitter that I have compiled by now. So I logged onto the service and broadcast a request. “I have a classroom full of graduate students in journalism who don’t know who to follow. Does anybody have a suggestion?” Within ten minutes, we had a list of journalists to follow, including one who was boarding Air Force One at that moment, joining the White House press corps accompanying the President to Africa."

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50 Plus Tips on How To Use Twitter in Your Classroom

50 Plus Tips on How To Use Twitter in Your Classroom | Scriveners' Trappings |

by Med Kharbach

"Back again to Twitter but this time with a wonderful collection of more than 50 ideas and tips on how to put this popular social networking and microblogging tool to work in your classroom. Teachers and educators from all around the world have been experimenting with it and each one has something new to add to our knowledge about the importance of using not only Twitter but social media in general in education. The ideas below are organized onto different categories, check out the one that you are interested in and start exploring what it has to offer you. Enjoy"

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Deanna Mascle
Bill Weigall's curator insight, October 12, 2013 11:28 PM

While no-one is likely to use all of these, most of us would find something appealing in this.

Mary Glynn's curator insight, October 13, 2013 11:30 AM

This tweet provides interesting ways to bring the 21st century into the classroom, and presents some good ideas on how to get the children more engaged and involved in class.

I have to say that I never really saw how Twitter could be useful in schools. I thought that it was just a way for people to express their immediate feelings and thoughts, and to see what celebrities are doing. I never thought that Twitter could be applied in the classroom in so many different ways! Using Twitter as a bulletin board is a great way to reach children. I didn't even realize that the University of Maryland and many universities utilize Twitter for this purpose. For example, when there severe weather and there is a school delay or closing, President Wallace Loh tweets to the UMD community letting them know whether or not classes are cancelled. Twitter can also be used to send out mini quizzes to students which they can answer for bonus points. Honestly, I never thought that students and teachers could communicate through Twitter in all of these ways! Truly brilliant! The tweet also describes how Twitter hash-tags can be used for organizing information in the classroom. By creating a classroom hash-tag, students can see other classmates' thoughts on class and teachers can look for questions students have. I think using the hash tag can be very beneficial because it's a space where everything can be piled together connected by a single hash-tag. However, it can be a disorganized pile if there is not structure and directions on what the hash-tag should be used for. I think if students are given a guideline on what the teacher is looking for in on the hash-tag (questions, thoughts on today's readings), then the classroom will profit from having a classroom hash-tag. There are so many more amazing ways Twitter can be used in school! This tweet really opened my eyes to the academic ways of using Twitter. I have become more accepting to having forms of social media in the classroom after reading this tweet. I think it is all about the way you use technology in the classroom. If you use it properly, it can change the way we teach and truly bring education into the 21st century.
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