Teachers need Twitter

I wouldn’t be without Twitter. It is the best way to keep informed and up to date with trends, developments, news and views. I had a hard time on a conference day trying to persuade teachers that Twitter would contribute enormously to their capacity to be informed and develop content. At any given moment you can use Twitter Trends Maps to discover the current and hot topics anywhere on the planet. It is a great tool. If I am using Twitter my client of preference is TweetDeck. I use it because it runs on all 3 OSs . I also access Twitter from my iPod Touch. On TweetDeck I run 4 columns. One for current feeds, one for mentions, one for direct messages and then one or sometimes two for the current hot topics. At the moment it is #qldfloods and #edchat. I am getting all the current information about the Queensland floods and #edchat gives me good content, good ideas and I contribute as well. My subject area is French so I can run searches on #french , #learnfrench and #frenchvocabulary and I get and contribute plenty of good content. I started by following people and organisations I was interested in and it just grew from there and I now have plenty of followers. It is invaluable since I am never out of touch with what is going on. News sites turn over too slowly and news on Twitter is immediate, so is feedback and information from companies. I even run a couple of recipe feeds and that is great. Follow your interests, follow your area of expertise and follow your type of people. It all falls into place from there.

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  1. Yes, Twitter is another useful tool….if it’s not blocked at your school! (like it is at mine)…

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    • Not blocked at ours but hard to run the Tweet deck feed so I don’t. Usually i cannot use Twitter at school because there are so many other things to do.It would be easier if I could see the pop ups. Eventually they will get it!!

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  2. I have decided against Twitter and Facebook at this stage but could change my mind should the advantages prove worthwhile.

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    • I use them both and since I have been using them they have both added a good dimension to me as a teacher and to me personally. It is about dimension and options. Thank you for your comment.

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  3. Thanks for the post. I’m still trying to figure out how to use Twitter effectively so I found this post very helpful.

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    • I am glad it helped. Just start off and let people know you are new. You can find me @sally07 if you want to. Feels a bit weird if you don’t do the searches like #edchat #qldfloods or whatever. They will get you going easily.

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