Twitter for Teaching?

I know, I was skeptical too. But, it’s Dare to Dream week in the #TPTSellerChallenge. I thought a lot about building relationships and different ways to gain and share knowledge. Twitter has always set itself apart from other social media outlets by presenting itself as a professional development opportunity. When I saw that the Seller’s Challenge was hosting a Twitter Chat, I immediately wanted to create an account and join in. BUT, procrastination got the better of me and I missed my chance.

THEN….

**Ahhhh** The teaching heavens opened up and brought to my eyes an amazing blog post by my friend Amber at Peppy Zesty Teachersita. She wrote about how she uses Twitter in her classroom as a way to connect and communicate with parents. 

If you haven’t read it yet, YOU NEED TO {here}.


Amber’s post made Twitter seem easy and manageable. I related so much when she talked about spending countless hours making top-notch, cute newsletters and reminders that often get lost or thrown away. Twitter offered her a chance to send quick, yet still top-notch reminders without all of the pressure, time and energy that we normally devote to written communication. She even provided an alternative for parents who did not want an active twitter account. Like I said, AH-MA-ZING!

I was so motivated by her ideas that I immediately e-mailed by principal to discuss the possibility of using Twitter in MY classroom next year. Fingers crossed! Until then, I have approximately two months to learn the “twitter ropes”. To help me organize my thoughts, I’ve created a Pinterest board called “Teacher Technology Tricks”. You can follow it by clicking here {here}.

Lucky for you, if you’re a novice like me, Amber also wrote out some GREAT tips for getting started and understanding Twitter. Check it out {here}.


 What are your thoughts on Twitter in the classroom?

5 comments

  1. Someone mentioned to me that Twitter is a great place for professional development-but I have to say, I don't really "get it", but haven't really tried yet. For some reason, I feel intimidated. Good luck with trying it out in your classroom!
    Stephanie
    Applelight Moments By Stephanie

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    1. Stephanie,

      I also feel very intimidating about starting out. I think my husband was a little irritated with all of my questions about how to use it. But, I also feel a spark of excitement about it, so I feel like it's worth a try!

      What kind of system are you currently using for communication?

      Kristen

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  2. So crazy, we were just discussing this in my grad school course earlier today! Our district uses Twitter for communicating with the public and I love it. I was thinking about how I would love to test it out with my students and their families this coming school year since our principal is really stressing stepping up our communication with families. I think I need to email my principal now and see what he thinks of using Twitter! Thanks for the motivating words! Excited to hear how it goes in your classroom.

    Kayla
    The Chalkboard Garden

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    1. Kayla,

      Let me know if you sign up! I'd love to follow you and see how your year goes using it in your classroom!

      My username is @ksullins1st

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  3. Uhmmmm….you ROCK!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I am thrilled that my post got those gears turning for you as you decide how to revamp parent communication!

    Can't wait to read your future posts on the topic! :)

    Amber
    PeppyZestyTeacherista

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