Powerful Uses of Twitter

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By @mSchlemko & @sahlinvic

What It Means to be a Networked Educator

by Alec Couros via flickr

 Twitter in 60 Seconds

Twitter can…

  • Extend your personal learning network (PLN)
  • Keep you up to date on current research, trends and news
  • Give you access to new ideas about what you are passionate about
  • Help you get feedback from peers and experts
  • Connect you to global collaboration

Twitter is an excellent social media tool that allows you to do all of this in an instant.

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Our Professional Journey

  • Daily professional development—PLCs extended
  • Help and support from peers and experts

Todd Whitaker

Michael Fullan

Mike Mattos

  • Chat groups based on my needs and areas I would like to grow and contribute


  • Answers/feed back from peers that understand the challenges of the education field
  • Global connections for myself and my students

@Ms.J’s Class

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  • Social connections with others globally, locally and within your own building




Traci Landry (@tlandrydtsd)
11-08-22 2:29 PM I think being on twitter is like attending the best conference in the world and you get to pick the speakers.

IREC Teacher Reflection


Why Twitter for Schools?

Iron Ridge Elementary Campus



  • Engages parents & community
  • Changes that stories about school
  • Educates parents & community about current pedagogy


  • Starting to use for collecting & reflecting on data


5 Reasons to Use Hashtags to Gather Data

Digital Citizenship

What do you need to think about in the area of digital citizenship for yourself, your staff and for your students?

Livebinder 7 Habits of Digital Citizenship

WCPS Digital Citizenship Resources

Connected Kids by Mark McWhinnie WCPS

How to Get Started with Twitter and Building Your PLN

Video: Twitter for Teachers – Part 1 – Setting up Your Twitter Account

Twitter for Teachers – Part 1 from shannon smith on Vimeo.

Video:Twitter for Teachers – Part 2 – Creating Your Twitter Profile, Sending a Tweet and Replying to a Tweet.

Twitter for Teachers – Part 2 from shannon smith on Vimeo.

Video: Twitter for Teachers – Part 3 – Retweeting, Favorites and adding to your PLN

Twitter for Teachers – Part 3 from shannon smith on Vimeo.

Useful Twitter Links

Twitter for Educators:  A Beginners Guide

28 Ways Teachers are Using Twitter in the Classroom

Welcome to The Twitter4Teachers Wiki!


Student Blogs for Student Engagement

Student blogging is one of IREC’s next steps into the digital world. All of the students in my class (and many others in our school) have created their own blogs as a way to showcase their work, share their writing, and explore their communication skills. Though we are using different blog platforms, such as KidBlog and Weebly, the final product is the same: personalized and thoughtful student blogs. Please click on the links below for a sneak peek into some of the blogs currently under construction in our school.

Student blogs are an important way to connect parents to their child’s learning. Parents can see their child’s work, comment on their progress, and have meaningful conversations at home about new accomplishments and challenges that their child is encountering at school.

iPads have become an important learning tool at school, and many applications allow students to showcase their learning by creating picture files of their app-based work. Students are also creating videos and slideshows to share their experiences, to demonstrate a new skill, or to extend their learning.  These can often be inserted into blog posts and shared instantly and meaningfully with parents.

The most important reason for students to create and maintain a blog is to provide regular opportunities for authentic writing. Students are adding posts at school and from home, and are able to connect with their peers and the world on a daily basis through writing. Students can provide feeback to each other, revise and edit their own work, and share their views on many different topics. Blogs also provide excellent lessons on digital citizenship as our yooung writers constantly revisit what is appropriate information to share on the internet.

If your child has a studnet blog, please take the time to visit it often. You can stay informed and involved in daily learning, and your comments and responses mean the world to your child!