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What is Twitter?


A Way to Communicate with a GLobal Audience

Social Network

Twitter is a social network site that has quickly become one of the fastesT growing Learning tools for educators. In 140 characters or less educators are connecting with others from around the world to share resources, take part in a Global discussion, stay informed, give and receive "just in time" Teaching and Learning.The same can happen for your students. Create a ClassRoom Twitter account to introduce your (13 year olds and younger) Students to the connected world of a Learning Network.
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Getting Started


Who to Follow?

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Who can follow Us? Tweeting Make it Routine



Create a Twitter account ( by choosing a username (The shorter the better). Important: fill out your profile (160 characters or less) identifying that you are a classroom tweeting, the age level of the students, as well as a geographic location (could be region, state or country). Upload an avatar (don't stay an egg!) Let others know what your class hopes to share and learn with and from others. Choose your Privacy Settings: Allow everyone to see your tweets or only let people who you have approved see and follow you. Start following other educators and classrooms tweeting. See who they follow and decide if your learning journey would benefit from their contributions.

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How can you use Twitter in the Classroom?

Gather Real World Data Connect with Mentors Communicate with Peers, Experts, Eye-Witnesses Around the World Share & Document Research

Keep Parents in the Loop

Send reminders

Document Classroom Learning

Share que stions that you a re wondering about

Share links to Student work to encourage authentic feedback

There are many ways to take advantage of the Power of Twitter in the Classroom. Assign one of your students to be the "Twitterer" of the Day to document Step by Step what the class is learning during the school day (official Scribe) Connect with Pre-Arranged Mentors who will push your students thinking to the next level. Tweet as a class (especially with younger students) to review at the end of the day what occured during the school day. Use Twitpic or another photo service to share images of learning moments from the classroom.

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Twitter Etiquette
Thin Don't k Qu alit Gossip y QUa ntit over about y someone Follow People who else Use add value to your appropriate learning Add language something of value to the Give Credit where conversation credit is due Be polite
Respond to your followers

Netiquette is defined as the "acceptable" way how to communicate on the Internet. Learning acceptable behavior is part of digital Citizenship, one of the core literacies of the 21st century. Remind your students of your classroom rules and emphasize that "real world" etiquette, rules and consequences transfer to online behavior as well. Discuss copyright with your students. It is common practice to give the original author of a tweet credit by including their @username with a "RT" (Re-Tweet). When quoting a passage of a website, it is appropriate to link to the original site and/or mention the author with @username (if they have a Twitter account).

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The first Tweet

Tweet about share Something you something have learned recently that will help Pose someone questions Be an else you are Information wondering Filter for about Link to your others? classroom Blog or share school website Something unique about your geographic Give a book location recommendation Write a six- Word Story

Tweet as a Book torical or His Character

Write a poem Share an interesting fact
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What is a Quality Tweet?

Add a Don't use "Awesome" Resource ,"Great", "Cool" to Link describe a resource you are sharing Informative Specific 140 Characters PRecise or Less Creative Add value in addition to the Resource Clear Rich in Content

We want students to produce and contribute Quality content. Before they click the "tweet" button, Students should ask themselves if their tweet: * * * * * * * * * * * is Informative? documents their learning? Asks questions? responds to someone else's question? Curate information for specific Audience? Links to quality resources? Adds Value to any links re-tweeted? states its intent clearly? is globally Conscious? is grammatically correct? is spelled correctly?

As students tweet, they learn about Word Choices, clarity, the writing process (Write/Revise/Edit/ publish), networking skills, Research Skills, Summarizing Skills, global Awareness and connections.

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Assign Twitterer of the Day

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Twitter Vocabulary
RT Re-Tweet
Tweet someone else's Tweet, giving them credit by using "RT" before their @username

@ Mention

use @username to respond to someone directly or get their attention

DM Direct Message TwitPic Twitterverse Tweeting

Send someone, who follows you a private message Create an account with and email relevant images as a tweet

# Hashtag

a hashtag connects a certain topic or conversation together.

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Tweeting Classrooms


@2mgems @StMaryLibrary

@HRAGrasyon @mrstgSkiddos

@Krebsclass @R9_RusselLST @Grade2YIS @MDEkinderkids

@Gill_Villians @Pod4fennemore

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