Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations. At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos, and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place.
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Website: www.twitter.com

Task #1: Set up a Twitter account by clicking here.

Task #2: Many educators find Twitter intimidating because Tweets look like a foreign language. Check out the image at right to help you decipher tweets before you get started.

Task #3: Find and follow me @lisalovestech. Check out the list of educators I am following and begin following them as well.

Task #4: Take a look at Michael Petrilli's list of educators you should follow on Twitter, and begin following some leaders in the field of education.

iPad Users: Click here for the Twitter app available in the iTunes store.
Classroom Implications
Instructing students to watch the “State of the Union” speech and learn from the experience is nothing new. But employing the Web to make it into an interactive group exercise is new and different; especially when Twitter is a central teaching tool.

Such was the inspiration of Diana Laufenberg, who teaches 11th and 12th grade students at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia and presented a showcase of 21st century student projects at the recent New York Tech Forum. When President Obama delivered the State of the Union speech on January 24, 2012, Laufenberg’s students shared their views with her and each other via Twitter and the Moodle chat site.

“During the speech, my students generated 462 tweets and 36 pages of Moodle chat,” Laufenberg reports. “Most importantly, they were able to ask questions and make comments about the speech’s content quickly and easily. This resulted in the students getting a real grasp not only of what was being presented, but also the historical and political context of what the President was saying. In other words, they didn’t just sit through the State of the Union passively: They heard it actively and critically.”

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Kim Busch, a teacher in Iredell-Statesville Schools created a lesson plan that she calls "Conversations in Literacy: Table Top Twitter." Take a look at both her lesson plan and dream images she uses to engage students in online Twitter banter.


12 Expert Twitter Tools

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Administrative Implications
Twitter is the single fastest, accessible, and current way to not only build your personal learning network (PLN) but also to share information with stakeholders that matter.


Other Resources

Tweeternet: A place where you can learn all there is to know about Twitter.

It's All About the Hashtag: Read about hashtags in this blog post by Steven Anderson from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

33 Twitter Tips to Enhance Your Academic Research

Meet your New PD Tool: School leaders discuss how they use Twitter for Professional Development

What is #edchat?: In this article by Steven Anderson, you will learn more about how #edchat and other hashtags can help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Tweaching with Twitter: Learn more about how Twitter can be used to facilitate instruction.



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