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Innovate the way you and your students communicate about their education! Twiducate is a private social media platform for networking and collaborating. Use Twiducate to create a microblogging...more
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Innovate the way you and your students communicate about their education! Twiducate is a private social media platform for networking and collaborating. Use Twiducate to create a microblogging platform for the students in your classes without venturing into the more complex public interaction programs like Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Sign up with email and start creating "teams" and entering students. You can have three teams and as many students as you want. Students can be on multiple teams. An elementary classroom can have a team for three different subject areas, math or reading levels, special projects, and so on; split upper grades into content or project groups, or whatever groups you need. Students use a class code rather than sign up with email. Add other teachers, too! Once you have signed up, you will receive four emails from Twiducate to help you get started by giving you some basic training and tips. Select your Teacher Controls for posts on your profile page.

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In the Classroom

After signing up for Twiducate, manage many options through your dashboard by selecting to open a class. The options include adding students, entering bookmarks to share with students, viewing the public timeline (you may find a teacher to collaborate and share with), and creating more classes. Students do not need to register themselves and are added in through the I.D the teacher provides them. As students are added, a password is generated for them.

Use this safe, private, closed system to blog and network in your classes. Students are able to access this site outside of school and collaborate there as well. Invite parents into this network and let them see what is going on. Teachers are able to moderate all posts and remove any unwanted posts. Consider printing the screen of student names and passwords for a hard copy in order to access the information. Be sure to discuss rules of etiquette for posting and commenting in order to teach students effective use of these types of services. Be sure to include actions for broken rules. Check your school policies about using such a resource and whether special permission slips may be required.

The possibilities for using Twiducate are endless! Here are just a few: Use for posting homework assignments. Share and publish bookmarks for students to use. Respond to students trying to get test dates and other assignments changed! Collaborate among small or large groups. Create study groups for review and learning of information. Use short time information gathering more effectively: Assign every two students a concept to research and share learning with the rest of the class for discussion. How can you be sure that each student has completed work? Have them blog their information through Twiducate. Watching a movie that requires students to answer questions? Embed prepared questions throughout the movie using playposit, reviewed here, and then post the movie to Twiducate. Ask students to respond to pre and post discussion questions about the movie on Twiducate (perfect for flipped or blended classrooms!). Allow students the ability to blog their reactions to documentaries and work together for understanding. During poetry month, have students do oral poetry reading while others microblog their reactions to the poem as they listen. Share weekly links and comments about current events via Twiducate. If you are willing to risk it, invite students to microblog questions and reactions to teacher and student presentations in progress. Suddenly listening is an active endeavor! Provide this resource for groups to collaborate in and out of class and offer options for learning at any time.

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