It’s Time to Use Twitter in Your Classroom

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Twitter is an excellent tool for connecting, learning and sharing resources.

For primary students, a classroom Twitter account is a great way to authentically teach about digital citizenship. Each time you post a tweet, you’ll naturally talk about how it will be visible to everyone. You’ll model careful word choice. You’ll ask students about how the tweet might be perceived by readers. This scaffolding of digital awareness and skills is difficult to teach behind a firewall. And without those lessons, students are less prepared to navigate the world of social media.

There are numerous authentic uses for older students as well, including researching and connecting with industry experts and college professors, exploring trends and following various agencies, governments, and non-profits.

The tool can also be used for students to post questions and connect online around a specific class or unique hashtag.

Looking for other uses for Twitter in the classroom? Check out more ideas here, here, and here.

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One thought on “It’s Time to Use Twitter in Your Classroom

  1. Hi Shary and AAS-Sofia!

    I sure appreciated watching and reading about Andrea Khambalia’s Coetail Final Project where she used Twitter in her classroom. She had to have had the support of great leadership in her school in order to do so. 🙂 Thanks for that!

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