Twitter for Learning

thTwitter is an online social media networking application, as well as a social media site for news. It can be used to post and read news that is  in the media or it can be a personal news posts. A Twitter post is called a tweet. If you sign up you can read and post tweets, if you don’t then you can only read tweets. Each tweet must only consist of 140 characters. You can add friends, family, colleagues, peers, celebrities, athletes, companies, politicians, instructors and other influential tweeters. Most TV news channels also regularly tweet, to communicate the news to subscribers immediately.

For education purposes, Twitter is recommend for educators for to use to communicate to the learner outside of the classroom. This is considered a technology tool to be used to increase social proximity. According to the one of proximity principles “Second, the more people come into contact with one another, the more likely the interaction will cultivate a relationship”, (National Education Association, 2015). Further Chris O’Neal and instructional technology coordinator goes on to say “Twitter is a great way to keep your students thinking after class,” and  “You can tweet a quick provocative question about a social studies lesson, for example, that will keep their brains active.”

Listed are few ways tweeting can be used to help the learner and educator;

  • Announcements
  • Sharing a link to the syllabus
  • Sending a question relating to the topic to prepare the student for class
  • Mentor or coaching a learner
  • Facilitating discussions
  • Creating a community or collaboration of learners
  • Can share information from the web – most websites have a Twitter icon that connect you to share the information.

Signing up with Twitter

To create an account on the web:

  1. Go to http://twitter.com and find the sign up box, or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup.
  2. Enter your full name, phone number, and a password.
  3. Click Sign up for Twitter.
  4. In order to verify your phone number, we will send you an SMS text message with a code. Enter the verification code in the box provided. Learn more about having a phone number associated with your account here.
  5. Once you’ve clicked Sign up for Twitter, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one we’ve suggested. We’ll tell you if the username you want is available.
  6. Double-check your name, phone number, password, and username.
  7. Click Create my account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to let us know that you’re human. Retrieved from https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990?lang=en#

Tips

  • Pick a username that you are ok with to tweet .
  • Remember tweeting is short and brief.
  • Make you profile private if you want to keep your tweets private.
  • For education purposes keep the tweets professional.
  • For education purposes set a schedule, when you are open and closed for tweets.
  • Remember  not to tweet one student an announcement. It will be shared immediately.
  • For education purposes keep your tweets to a limit.

How would you use Twitter for education?  Leave your comments below.

References

https://support.twitter.com. (2017). Retrieved from twitter.com: Retrieved from https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990?lang=en#
National Education Association. (2015). Can Tweeting Help Your Teaching? National Education Association.