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Twitter is more than just a way to share meaningless tweets about your breakfast cereal or the traffic on the way to school. Who has time for that? 

For teachers, Twitter can be a powerful tool for professional development via quick sharing with peers and colleagues whom you may or may not know face to face. Imagine running across other teachers who teach the same things you do and exchanging ideas quickly, just when you need them. Imagine putting out a plea for help and finding others willing to suggest a solution. Imagine sharing the cool finds you have discovered on TeachersFirst or a great way to make dictionary skills engaging in your classroom. We all know the best tidbits are from other teachers, and Twitter gives you a way to create a network to constantly learn.

Twitter can also be an effective way to communicate from your class to other classrooms around the globe. If Twitter is accessible inside your school's filtering, your class Twitter account can be an avenue to interact with classrooms across town or across the world. Share tweets about today's news, environmental data, hot topic opinions, and more using hashtags, mentions, or messages.  *A tip from Texas teacher Allison: If you work with English language learners, you will want to avoid some common tweet-shortening abbreviations, such as using gr8 to mean great. Non-native speakers do not easily grasp these abbreviations.*

You do not have to know everything about Twitter to get started. Start out with this video for an overview of Twitter. Set up a Twitter account, and follow  @teachersfirst or @cshively (the leader of TeachersFirst's Thinking Teachers) to find other TeachersFirst enthusiasts. You can even follow Geo and Meri of Globetracker's Mission to become familiar with how Twitter works. You can access Twitter on their own web site or use one of the many free Twitter sharing tools available for free download. There are many Twitter tools for mobile devices, also free. But you don't need to worry about any of these to start.

Hashtags (those funny looking things with a #pound sign at the start) are a way of indicating that a tweet pertains to a certain topic or a certain interest group/event. The term hashtag refers to the funny # mark. To see what a hashtag does, try searching for one of these education-specific hashtags on Twitter (or watch them flying by in the little "widget" below. Try to figure out what each specialty is: #edchat, #ntchat, #ptchat, #midleved, #gtchat, #edtech, #artsed, #musedchat, #mathchat, #engchat, #EduIT .  This is a good way to find people with common interests so you can FOLLOW them. Send a tweet including your favorite hashtag, telling people you are new to Twitter. Teachers who have searches set up for that hashtag will see your message, and you will receive a warm welcome!

For an easy way to get started, try Across the World Once a Week, a simple way to learn about the details of daily life in other cultures. The #xw1w hashtag pulls the weekly question and responses together in a quick Twitter search. Learn more about it here.

This collection of resources will give you some ideas and places to find other educators using Twitter and some of the various other tools that maximize Twitter's power for specific sharing, such as photos. We even have some reviews of Twitter-alternatives for those who prefer to stay in an education-only network.

Set up a Twitter account, follow @teachersfirst, and we'll send you a tweet!

 

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Speke - Speke.co

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8 to 12
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Speke is an aggregator of trending social media content from around the world gathered from sites such as Reddit, Vine, Instagram, and Twitter. Create an account to view and sort ...more
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Speke is an aggregator of trending social media content from around the world gathered from sites such as Reddit, Vine, Instagram, and Twitter. Create an account to view and sort the latest information. Each item includes an icon showing the social media source, popularity, and a share button. Click on the map to explore the content by geographic locations. Use caution with Speke when sharing with students, content isn't monitored and links lead to other sites.

tag(s): social media (14), social networking (113), twitter (51)

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Explore Speke with students to discover trending topics from around the world. Be sure to explore before sharing Speke with students as content isn't filtered and links lead to other sites. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers to collect and share information such as a Venn Diagram comparing information from two different locations.

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tchat - Congo Labs

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6 to 12
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Focus on the Twitter chats you want to follow easily and in real-time with tchat. Sign up for tchat through your Twitter account. Input the hashtag you wish to follow ...more
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Focus on the Twitter chats you want to follow easily and in real-time with tchat. Sign up for tchat through your Twitter account. Input the hashtag you wish to follow and all other tweets will be filtered out. tchat opens in a new tab; that means you can still see other Tweets on your Twitter account tab at the same time you are following a chat. Reply right from tchat without leaving the page; send and continue reading the conversation. The menu bar at the top allows pause and play, it stops refreshing, allowing you to find what you are looking for and to reply or retweet the information without losing it, and then resumes when you click play. You can also block retweets. Either sign in to stop the pop-up when you want to respond, or use tchat without signing in to have the pop-up and see all of the chat on the side. Each reply will automatically include the hashtag.

tag(s): chat (52), microblogging (44), PLN (4), social networking (113), twitter (51)

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Sometimes it's hard to stay focused on a group Twitter chat. Take advantage of this tool to avoid distractions and communicate only with the members of the chat session. It's a relief to use this tool and be able to take your time commenting back and forth and not have to hunt through countless other Tweets to find your group and that one comment where you want to reply. tchat is the perfect tool to use with Twitter in the classroom so students will stay focused on your topic. If your class is following a scientist, engineer, politician, or any other professional, invite them to a chat to converse with your students and have the students stay focused. If you are taking an online class and one of the requirements is to participate in a Twitter chat, this tool is perfect to help you meet your goal.

Use tchat on laptops during a video or student presentations. Pose questions for all to answer/discuss using an assigned hashtag. Ask students to pose their own "I wonder if..." questions as they watch and listen. Keep every student engaged and THINKING as an active listener. The first time you use tchat, you will want to establish some etiquette and accountability rules, such as respectful language and constructive criticism. Assign students to watch a news program or political show and have a chat during the broadcast. Revisit the chat on a projector in class the next day or post the chat transcript to a class blog or wiki and have students respond further in blog posts or on the wiki discussion tab. The advantage of backchannel chat is that every student has a voice, no matter how shy.

Use tchat to collaborate with other classrooms or teachers at a distance. Use a whole class Twitter account to contribute to a regular chat. Professionally, teachers can join subject or grade level specific Tweet chats that happen in real time. See the Twitter Chat Schedule, reviewed here or Educational hashtags listings here to find real-time groups you can join using tchat.

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Twitter in Elementary: The #Grammar911 Project - Victoria Olson

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2 to 8
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Engage your students as they practice and learn appropriate grammar with this Twitter hashtag project. Follow the four posted steps to model, send, and correct "messy" sentences with...more
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Engage your students as they practice and learn appropriate grammar with this Twitter hashtag project. Follow the four posted steps to model, send, and correct "messy" sentences with your students. Be sure to do a Twitter search for #grammar911 for any inappropriate comments before sharing with your students. Although this lesson was created to accompany Daily 5 activities, it can easily be used with any grammar curriculum or lesson.

tag(s): grammar (217), grammar review (37), twitter (51)

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Instead of using #grammar911, change your hashtag to a more personal one (such as #yourclassname grammar911) to avoid encountering public tweets and comments. Use this idea for other Language Arts activities. For example, how about #spelling911 or #punctuation911? What a novel way for all students, including ESL/ELL students, to learn this. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Easy Tweets - easytweets.net

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8 to 12
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Practice reading with real Tweets sorted by difficulty level with Easy Tweets. Choose easy, medium, or difficult and add a topic to receive a list of Tweets. Sorted using Cambridge...more
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Practice reading with real Tweets sorted by difficulty level with Easy Tweets. Choose easy, medium, or difficult and add a topic to receive a list of Tweets. Sorted using Cambridge University's English Vocabulary Profile Project, Tweets correspond to reading levels. Please note - Tweets are real Tweets and have not been monitored for content so you may want to preview results before sharing with students.

tag(s): chat (52), microblogging (44), twitter (51)

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Use Easy Tweets with ESL/ELL students as an authentic way to practice reading skills. Use to differentiate with different abilities of readers as you follow certain current events to learn more. Use Easy Tweets to model writing skills. Have students compare the differences between Tweets at different levels. Consider using this tool for finding Twitter information about possible people of interest (i.e. scientists, politicians, singers, actors), to follow. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Hash - Today's Talking Points - Joseph Mark & Stephen Phillips

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6 to 12
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Hash is a Twitter feed aggregator showing Twitter's trending news in a beautiful display. Click on any picture's title, or hashtag under it to open up information about any image. ...more
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Hash is a Twitter feed aggregator showing Twitter's trending news in a beautiful display. Click on any picture's title, or hashtag under it to open up information about any image. View a short Wikipedia description of the item, then scroll through Tweets containing the hashtag. Choose the "Share Story" link to share via social media, email, or URL.

tag(s): news (261), PLN (4), social networking (113), twitter (51)

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Display Hash on your interactive whiteboard to find the latest information on current events. Have students explore a story then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Add items throughout the month or any length of time to follow major events around the world. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Daily 140 - Zach Hamed

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8 to 12
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Don't miss information from your favorite tweeps when you sign up with Daily 140. Sign in and add the Twitter handle of three people you want to track. Each day ...more
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Don't miss information from your favorite tweeps when you sign up with Daily 140. Sign in and add the Twitter handle of three people you want to track. Each day receive an email with a list of all new people they have followed and tweets they have favorited.

tag(s): microblogging (44), social networking (113), twitter (51)

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Sometimes it is hard to get started with Twitter. Take advantage of the daily emails to find people of interest to follow or stay current on the latest education conversations. Use Daily 140 to stay up to date with other educators, politicians, The White House, and more. To get started following other educators see A List of Twitter Educators by Subject Area, reviewed here. If your class is following a scientist, engineer, politician, or any other professional, share the daily emails with students. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Trends24 - Trends24

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9 to 12
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Track trending topics and tweets in any country you specify with Trends24. Select a country and view the breakdown of the trending tweets by minutes, hours, or days. Choose between...more
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Track trending topics and tweets in any country you specify with Trends24. Select a country and view the breakdown of the trending tweets by minutes, hours, or days. Choose between the Timeline breakdown or click on Cloud. Tweet trends show as a word cloud, with the most popular topics showing in a larger font. Click any hashtag name to view the tweets showing for that trend. Are you new to Twitter and hashtags? Find information to help you at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.
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Use this tool to look at the topics that are trends in the various countries. Compare and contrast the top trends and how they differ from other countries that are neighbors or are far away. This tool is helpful in understanding political or cultural issues that extend worldwide or affect more than one region. Use the trending topics to understand the point of view of various countries. Look at news reports or causes for the change in the trend. Twitter trends could be useful in any subject area but especially useful for current events, civics, health, and economics.

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Twchat - TwChat

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9 to 12
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Create a real-time chat room based on a twitter hashtag. Invite users to TwChat to participate in an online presentation without additional programs. Assign others to assist you with...more
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Create a real-time chat room based on a twitter hashtag. Invite users to TwChat to participate in an online presentation without additional programs. Assign others to assist you with moderation. View a list of the Latest Chats and Upcoming Chats. Click "Create own room" to begin. Sign in with Twitter to participate, and then create your first room. Enter the time and schedule for the chat. Tweets appear in the room from all participants. Your tweets appear in the mentor column. Use this tool to follow new Twitter users or block participants.

tag(s): chat (52), microblogging (44), social networking (113), twitter (51)

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Do you use Twitter in the classroom? Use TwChat to create a chat room using a hashtag as invitation. See all tweets related to the hashtag in one place. Consider using a Twitter chat as a collaborative activity to find and share resources about a topic, translate material into/from another language, or understand the meaning behind literary works. Not interested in starting your own chat? Explore the site to discover Twitter chats to match your interests and needs. Find chats that are related to your expertise to learn about issues in the field or to bring a new perspective of that subject area to share with your classes. Need more information about Twitter? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Twittalert - Atomic Productions

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8 to 12
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Enjoy checking your Twitter feed without wasting time by flipping browser tabs. Twittalert is like an SMS or IM window that will pop up on your PC screen and stay ...more
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Enjoy checking your Twitter feed without wasting time by flipping browser tabs. Twittalert is like an SMS or IM window that will pop up on your PC screen and stay there about 11 seconds. Quickly scan the Tweet and get on with your work. The app can be easily deleted by exiting the program and deleting the unzipped download folder. When you want to use it again, just download it once more. At the time of this review, the app is only available for Windows.

tag(s): chat (52), microblogging (44), social networking (113), twitter (51)

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On Twitter follow hashtags for current events. View the information in real-time by projecting Twittalert on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Construct a question about events occurring elsewhere in the world to read student perspectives. Use a class Twitter account to set up chats with classes in other schools using this tool. Create a focused chat session based upon a particular question, such as the constitutionality of a law or the environmental impact of fracking project answers as they come in using Twittalert. Use Titttalert to interact and follow other classrooms and projects anywhere in the world in real-time. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Ok2Ask'®: Tech it Out: Twitter for Teachers (and the classroom) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Discover TeachersFirst to explore and engage your classroom through the use of Twitter. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Twitter as...more
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Discover TeachersFirst to explore and engage your classroom through the use of Twitter. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Twitter as well as explore ideas for a variety of classroom activities. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring Twitter for Teachers resources located on TeachersFirst; Investigate hashtags and chats (including developing PLN's). Participants will also investigate and discuss basic to advanced lesson ideas offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session. They will List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources. Teachers will explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice. (follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d,4c and d, 5a. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): twitter (51)

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Are you new to Twitter? Come take a peak at some Tweets and learn more together. If you already are a Twitter user, come to learn about tools and treasures to use along with Twitter. Share your knowledge with the other participants. Take a look at the resource page full of Tech-Tastic ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Chat Salad - Nurph

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K to 12
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This is the go to place for a real-time record of Twitter chats. Chat Salad makes it easy to find a chat to participate and converts it into your time ...more
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This is the go to place for a real-time record of Twitter chats. Chat Salad makes it easy to find a chat to participate and converts it into your time zone! Log in with your Twitter name (handle) and view the chats that are happening soon. Click "Join" and Nurph, reviewed here, opens to prepare for the chat. Use the search function to find a chat you are looking for, or browse the pages of entries. View Editor's Choice Twitter chats as a way to find new chats that may be of interest to you. Why join a Twitter chat? Professional Development may be at a premium, as well as time for learning. Use Twitter chats to learn from others and bring the whole world to you! Learn more about Twitter for Teachers here.

tag(s): microblogging (44), professional development (123), twitter (51)

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Use this resource to find quality Professional development in organized Twitter chats. Chats can be broad, such as #EdChat, or narrow according to subject area or grade. Find other chats that focus on various content areas to learn about subject matter that can bring the world into your classroom. Be sure to share this resource and various chats with other teachers at your school to enhance the professional development possibilities.

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TweetBeam - Pim Stuurman

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4 to 12
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Highlight and show tweets from any hashtag or twitter handle in a creative and visually appealing way with TweetBeam. Enter any hashtag or sign in to your Twitter account to ...more
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Highlight and show tweets from any hashtag or twitter handle in a creative and visually appealing way with TweetBeam. Enter any hashtag or sign in to your Twitter account to view a stunning, real-time visualization of tweets. They update as new tweets arrive. Mouse over any image to view the entire text. Click the four arrows near the top left of the screen to view in full screen.
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tag(s): chat (52), microblogging (44), twitter (51)

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TweetBeam is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Follow hashtags on current events to view information in real-time. Do you have your own hashtag for your class? If not, this is a perfect way to get started! Use TweetBeam to interact and follow other classrooms and projects anywhere in the world. Create a hashtag for any school event and display TweetBeam on the big screen to participants to encourage them to interact and participate! Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.
 

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Educators New to Twitter - Kyle Calderwod

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K to 12
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Learn what you need to do and know to start using Twitter. Sign up to get a Twitter mentor or BE a mentor! Find out what to do before creating ...more
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Learn what you need to do and know to start using Twitter. Sign up to get a Twitter mentor or BE a mentor! Find out what to do before creating a Twitter account, get advice about whom to follow, explore programs to use to help you manage your Twitter account, and read how to keep track of everything. Learn about all the terms needed to be successful using Twitter as a teacher. This site is clean, simple, and very helpful!

tag(s): chat (52), microblogging (44), social networking (113), twitter (51)

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After creating an account, look at the page for what else you can start doing. Find other educators to follow on the Before You Begin page, and also look at participating in a Twitter Chat. Find a list of chats to join, and the day and time they meet at Twitter - Education Chats.As a teaching tool, Twitter is amazing! If your school permits access, have a class account for your class to follow people who work in fields and topics you study. Even primary grades can connect with other classes or "follow" many learning experiences via Twitter. Learn much more about teaching ideas and tools for Twitter in the many resources listed on TeachersFirst Twitter for Teachers page.

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Nurph - Nurphy, Ltd.

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9 to 12
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Moderate Twitter chats with this easy to use tool. Creating a "channel" pushes a link out to your Twitter followers. They can join your channel and join in the conversation. ...more
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Moderate Twitter chats with this easy to use tool. Creating a "channel" pushes a link out to your Twitter followers. They can join your channel and join in the conversation. Invitations can include an RSVP too! See who has joined the chat AND statistics on their level of engagement, as well as most-used topics in the chat. Enjoy the sound effects and emoticons that make the chat livelier. Use the Past Chat Replay feature to view a video of the chat and create review notes or find specific points in the chat. Are you new to Twitter and hashtags or unsure how to use them in the classroom? Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Be sure to check with your district's policies before using Twitter with students.

tag(s): microblogging (44), twitter (51)

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Use a class Twitter account to set up chats with classes in other schools using this tool. Create a focused chat session based upon a particular question, such as the constitutionality of a law or the environmental impact of fracking. Create a relevant hashtag to go with your question to keep the chat on topic. If your students are allowed to use individual Twitter accounts, Create a hashtag for use by students when quoting and reacting to comments from presenters. Construct a question about events occurring elsewhere in the world to hear student perspectives. Attending a conference or like talking to like-minded educators? Create a Channel and invite others in for a chat. As most chats move quickly, the Past Chat Replay is essential for remembering links and ideas. Find chats for all kinds of teacher interests to build not only your Professional Learning Network (PLN) but your knowledge base in the document Twitter Chat Schedule.

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Twubs - Twubs, Inc.

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9 to 12
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Looking for an easy way to follow hashtags or conversations on Twitter? Use this tool for more useful hashtags that pull tweets, videos, images, and more in a convenient place ...more
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Looking for an easy way to follow hashtags or conversations on Twitter? Use this tool for more useful hashtags that pull tweets, videos, images, and more in a convenient place in real time. Hashtags are not just for fun, but also for finding and curating content from professional learning networks (PLN's). Use this tool to follow and participate in a chat easily and efficiently with no other tweets clogging up the stream. Enter the hashtag to view the active (or already completed) chat. Choose the speed of the chat flow. Use the Pause feature to stop the chat temporarily while checking a specific tweet or replying. View the hashtags with or without signing into Twitter. Note: New to Twitter and Hashtags and unsure how to use it in the classroom? Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Be sure to check with your district's policies before using Twitter and Twubs with students.

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Create a hashtag for use by students when quoting and reacting to comments from presenters. Follow the hashtag for various events occurring elsewhere in the world to obtain perspectives from people of different nationalities. Use a segment of a prior chat (screenshot an image of the Twubs) to share with students. Use to identify different perspectives from those around the World. Find shared commonalities among people and differences that allow students to understand world happenings using a different lens. Follow Tweets from scientists (such as #MarsRover) or for content (#STEM). Use results from a Twitter chat to create essays, stories, or artwork depicting content from the chat. Find chats for all kinds of teacher interests to build not only your PLN, but your knowledge base in the document Twitter Chat Schedule, reviewed here.

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A List of Twitter Educators by Subject Area - Alice Keeler

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K to 12
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Are you looking for other educators to follow on Twitter? Check out this lengthy list of educator Twitter handles arranged by subject. The easiest way to view the full document ...more
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Are you looking for other educators to follow on Twitter? Check out this lengthy list of educator Twitter handles arranged by subject. The easiest way to view the full document is to click the link located under the heading "A Twitter Win." This link leads to a Google document with headings for all content areas as well as Ed Tech, Counselors, Administrators, and more. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the document to view all categories. Add your own Twitter handle in the appropriate category for inclusion on this document.
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tag(s): social networking (113), twitter (51)

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Explore the site to discover and follow educators who match your interests and needs. Read the Tweets about what is happening in other classrooms to gain some fresh, new ideas. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? If you are the only person in your building who teaches a particular subject, such as gifted or learning support, this list can help you find like minds to share ideas or to set up collaborations between your students. Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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what a great resource Susan, NY, Grades: 6 - 12

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scistuchat - Adam Taylor

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This grass roots effort by a Tennessee science teacher spawned a monthly Twitter chat between high school science students in MANY locations and practicing scientists in the "real world."...more
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This grass roots effort by a Tennessee science teacher spawned a monthly Twitter chat between high school science students in MANY locations and practicing scientists in the "real world." The site looks plain vanilla, but the topic is dynamite! Find information, preparation, and topics for upcoming chats, basic information about the chat formats, chat archives, past pre-chat prep resources, and Twitter handles for the scientists and teachers who participate in the chats. Don't forget to follow @2footgiraffe, the instigating teacher, and click through to his blog for some of the back story on how he was able to convince school administration to unblock Twitter (and other tales of tech challenges). The TeachersFirst editors met Mr. Taylor at the ISTE conference and knew this was a resource our users would want to know about.

tag(s): twitter (51)

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Even if you do not choose to join this particular Twitter chat with practitioners in the field, mark this simple site as a professional development resource to learn how to plan and organize successful Twitter chats between your students and the outside world. If you teach another discipline, try searching on Wefollow, reviewed here for people in the field that connect to your curriculum: writers, artists, curators, engineers, and more. Need to learn more about Twitter? Start with help from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Extend the curriculum for your gifted students by having them help organize a chat with professionals and write the questions.

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Wefollow - Jeff Hodsdon, LLC

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Use WeFollow to search for Twitter users by interest and sort them by their "Prominence Score," an "objective measure" that WeFollow uses to designate "how established someone is in...more
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Use WeFollow to search for Twitter users by interest and sort them by their "Prominence Score," an "objective measure" that WeFollow uses to designate "how established someone is in the interests they care about." The Prominence score analyzes Twitter patterns to see who "listens" to each person and is useful in finding, following, and learning from prominent people around the world. You can locate experts in any field by entering a search term like "biologist" or "Shakespeare." Find an explanation of this score in the About section. Enter your own expertise information to be part of the ongoing database of Twitter users and their interests! New to Twitter? Learn more at TeachersFirst'sTwitter for Teachers page. Note: As with any tool that involves interaction with the public, searches may bring up unintended results not appropriate for young people. Use this tool under supervision or recommend specific search terms.
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tag(s): social networking (113), twitter (51)

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Increase your learning by finding others to follow -- and learn from their tweets. If using with a class, find those who can help with content students are learning. For example, follow scientists, artists, or writers to enhance your class discussion and learn from others outside the classroom. World language classes may want to follow experts on certain cultures. Earth science classes could follow experts on plate tectonics or volcanoes. Library/Media specialists will want to add this to your reference tools to help teachers or students seeking content experts. Be sure to follow the recommendations in the TeachersFirst review of (Twitter). This is a great tool to help students build a personal learning network in an area of interest, especially for gifted students who may have unusual interests and need the challenge of contact and collaboration with "real world" experts.

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