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: https://twitter.com/search?q=mlearning

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:

https://www.teachthought.com/social-media/50-educator-twitter-accounts-worth-following/ 

https://powerupwhatworks.org/blog/powerup-your-professional-learning-network-our-top-10-people-follow-twitter

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:  https://twittering.wikispaces.com 

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

Carla Arena

Carla Arena is a social entrepreneur, educator by choice. She left a promising career in the public service to become an English teacher and got the chance to take roles she could have never imagined, such as site content manager at the Binational Center she worked for, Casa Thomas Jefferson. There, she was also the Supervisor of Educational Technology, and more recently Coordinator of Innovation and Technologies. Carla is a Google Innovator and educational technology consultant. Currently she innovates in her own business, AMPLIFICA (https://amplifica.org).

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