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Twitter - Literacy

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Christine Marshall

 

 

What is Twitter?

 

 

                                                            

 

 

 

 

What is Twitter?

 

Twitter is a social networking website that allows a person to post a comment or text, upload pictures or videos, and share websites with others. Twitter is not just a network to be used for those in the same state, or in the United States, but is a network that is accessed around the globe. Each "tweet" only allows for 140 characters, which means each message must be short and sweet. Twitter also allows an individual to follow others. This does not just include following close friends or neighbors, because it is possible to follow celebrities, organizations, districts, politicians, and so on. Twitter can be accessed on a computer, via text message, or via an application on a smartphone. In the link below is a video about how to use twitter, step by step. If you do not wish to watch the video, I have also included links to websites describing the basics of twitter in a step by step format. 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xbjIE8cPM  

 

Twitter Basics Websites

 

 10 Easy Steps for Beginners:  http://www.twitip.com/10-easy-steps-for-twitter-beginners/

 

How to Use Twitter for Beginnershttp://www.ehow.com/how_5091633_use-twitter-beginners.html

 

How to Use Twitter Effectively for Beginners:  http://freshtutorial.com/how-to-use-twitter/

 

 

Twitter in The Classroom 

 

There are a number of exciting ways students would be able to use Twitter in the classroom. For social studies, Students could keep up with current events by following certain news stations such as CNN, or any others they have an interest in.  This allows students to use technology in order to keep up with what is going on in the world around them without feeling pressured to sit down at a certain time to watch the news on TV. Using Twitter in this way, students would be able to scroll down the news page until they found the tweet with the information they were looking for. Because news stations are “tweeting” information all day, students can check back at different times during the day, or simply wait patiently for a new tweet.

 

This concept applies to any subject students may be studying. When it comes to literacy, a number of things could happen with the use of twitter. It would be possible to create a twitter account for the class, and have "tweeting" as a class job. In this case, the student with the job of "tweeting" for that week would have the chance to tweet what the class is doing that day or week with literacy or another subject. They could look for important people or links to follow such as a favorite author, a publishing company, a twitter account with reading or writing tips for students, and so on. The possibilities are endless. For a school that has more technology than the school I am currently student teaching in, this could easily turn into a class project. Depending on the age group, students could look for the most effective organization to follow that provides the best information about literacy, or another subject. Students may also create common threads by using the hash tag (#) symbol and then writing the topic after it. For example, if students are discussing Reading then they can create a common thread by doing, #Reading. This allows students to see what everyone has been posting about Reading. 

 

Students would also  be able to connect and chat with other kids their own age from around the world. This would act like a pen-pal program but it would be based through this social networking tool. Using Twitter to connect with other students from different cultures would give students an incredible opportunity to learn about different places and cultures in the world and would give students a chance to connect with someone they never thought would have anything in common with them. They would be able to tweet to each other at any time throughout the day.

 

 

Resources for Using Twitter in the Classroom

 

 

Below is a link for an article explaining how to use literacy in the classroom in a simple ten step description:

 

http://literacyispriceless.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/10-twitter-tools-for-your-classroom/

 

Below is a link describing how to use twitter to transform student's learning:

 

http://literacyispriceless.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/10-twitter-tools-for-your-classroom/

 

Literacy - Twitter

https://twitter.com/#!/Literacyontwitt

 

I have created the page for Literacy on Twitter, and have begun to follow different reading programs on twitter. I have not created a description for the classroom because, at this time, the class is non-existent. However, if you would like to take a look at some of the organizations related to literacy I have begun to follow, it will give an idea of some examples of my vision for literacy on twitter. 

 

Resources

 

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=twitter&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1280&bih=664&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=dvO1okGLblLtiM:&imgrefurl=http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/3-tips-for-writing-a-killer-twitter-bio-to-get-targeted-followers_b133&docid=5jDhPLYoiPw42M&imgurl=http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/files/2010/11/twitter-follow- chiever.jpg&w=500&h=371&ei=b0uAT5LFCIjNtgfIpbmpBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=652&vpy=185&dur=297&hovh=193&hovw=261&tx=171&ty=75&sig=102736063186109547018&page=1&tbnh=137&tbnw=183&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:141

 

 

 

 

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