Try TWITTER Before Ignoring It

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So many times I´ve heard teachers saying that Twitter is not for them,  they don´t get it,  it is a waste of time. Before you make up your mind, just give it a try. Start using it in very simple ways.

My first suggestion is searching for resources educators are already sharing in their timelines. In my case, for example, I´m interested in the use of mobile devices in the classroom, so I´ll look up “mlearning”, using the Twitter search feature. Give it a try. Add “mlearning” in the search box and you will be directed to this page with no need to login:

Wow! I´ve already found many interesting tweets to help me deepen my knowledge on the topic:

I could go on and on in my Twitter search only about #mlearning, but let´s move on to another topic that I want to explore, formative assessment:



Now, imagine you get so excited about your search that Yes! you´ve decided to sign up for an account in Twitter. What now?

Start following like-minded educators. Everytime you scroll through your timeline, you´ll find their findings and sharing. It´s resource-mining at its best!

So, where to start?

How about this list? Just start following the tweets from educators you think have a powerful voice:

And if you want to move beyond and really use the connective power of Twitter?

Here´s a collection of resources I´ve been mining over the past years: 

Next month, more on Twitter. Before you ignore it, try it.

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Carla Arena

Carla Arena is a social entrepreneur, an educational technology consultant and an educator by choice. She is the co-founder of Amplifica ( and Nauta ( Carla holds a specialization in Online courses design and Innovation in Edtech. Her interests gravitate around new and emergent technologies, innovation in organizations, collaborative practices and learning experiences design to promote the professional growth of educators and bring the power of the digital to their skillset. Carla is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer.

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