140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher's lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she'd found on Twitter that had her students raving. Rather than ask anyone, the curious teacher opened up Twitter (there was less pressure that way.) Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense. She saw these #'s going by and didn't know what they were. And she saw some things she didn't like, too. As a result, she wondered if she could filter that stuff out. What was that teacher so excited about this morning? If you're that curious teacher, let's give you tips to make sense of Twitter.

This example with “curious teacher” is a common one. In fact, many teachers look at Twitter and just don't get what they're seeing. I would say it is because they don't have a Twitter account. While lurking on the site is OK, creating a Twitter account lets you FILTER tweets in powerful ways (even if you never tweet yourself.)

First, when you set up your Twitter account, you can follow just those people you want to see. Second, it also even makes following the hashtags  (those things that start with the #) make a little bit more sense. Third, you can even message people privately when you have an account. All without having to post even one tweet.

But, as today's guests show us, Twitter can do so much more for you and your classroom.

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In today's episode, we make Twitter simple with some cool Twitter tips. Brad Currie and Billy Krakower, two of the three authors of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators, share with us the basics of Twitter.  Specifically, they talk about how to get started and how Twitter is used in schools.

I know people who refuse to try anything new.

But as a 92-year-old precious “Miss Alice” said this past week in my Sunday school class,

“I'm so glad I haven't learned yet. I'm still learning. Learning means you've got something new to learn, and you're not done. Because when you're done learning and you've learned it all, you're done with living.”

In that case, Mrs. Alice gives the best introduction for why we should all try something new. Share today's show with skeptics and curious teachers as a low-pressure way to see if Twitter might help them be better teachers.

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Show Notes:

  • Why should educators get on Twitter?
  • How do class in school and district Twitter accounts work?
  • How should you get started when you get on Twitter?
  • Is Twitter for every educator?
  • Are there some drawbacks and worries about being on Twitter?
  • How do you find the right Twitter chat for you?
  • Is it okay just to be a lurker on Twitter? And what is a lurker?
  • For some other resources for getting started with Twitter?
  • 140 Twitter Tips for Educators by Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco

Who are Brad Currie and Billy Krakower?

Brad Currie  @bradmcurrie is the co-founder of #satchat, a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders. Brad is a Vice Principal and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, N.J. Billy Krakower is a co-moderator of a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders called #Satchat. He is one of the Lead Organizers of edcampNJ.

Billy Krakower@wkrakower   is currently a Computer & Resource Reading Room Teacher in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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