Twitter

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Why Twitter?

Twitter is becoming one of my favorite social networking tools.  Believe it or not, and I would not have not to long ago, Twitter is an amazingly useful tool for educators.  I think I can sum up what I like about it so much in the following three points:
  1. You can use Twitter to easily follow, communicate, and collaborate with educators all over the world.  This capability puts new websites, articles, blogs, web 2.0 tools, and so much more at your finger tips, and does it at a rate you can not hope to keep up with.  The good news is that you do not have too.  Of course if you have a few spare minutes to browse through some tweets, you will always find something of interest. 
  2. Twitter makes it easy to increase communication with parents and students.  Currently I am tweeting class updates on a daily basis.  Not only are they posted on my Twitter site, but they automatically updated on my class website, moodle pages, and class Facebook page.  
  3. There is tons of ideas on the Internet for using Twitter with students.  For example, imagine taking your class on a field trip.  Having them use their cell phones to tweet about what they are learning.  Then placing a Twitter feed of their tweets on your website.  The field trip could be easily followed by parents and students not on the trip.

Find Educators on Twitter

The following are some great places to find educators to follow on twitter:

The International Edutwitter Directory
Free Technology for Teachers Blog - Seven Ways to find Teachers on Twitter

BlastFollow!

Here is a great new tool I discovered through my Twitter PLN. When you first start out using Twitter one of the hardest things to do is to find people with similar interests to follow.  BlastFollow helps to solve that problem.  When you go to the website you enter a hashtag and your screenname and password.  It will then automatically follow anyone who has recently used that hashtag.  #edchat is a very common hashtag used by educators interested in 21st Century learning.  The best way to build a PLN on Twitter is to start following people, this is a great and easy way to start!  Check it out at http://www.blastfollow.com.

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