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6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom

by Kelly Walsh on June 24, 2009


[NOTE: I have published an update to this post, titled “100 Ways To Teach With Twitter“. This newer post contains the links below plus a new set of articles that provide a much more robust set of resources for ideas about teaching with Twitter. I highly advise clicking through to that article. Thanks! – KW Feb 8, 2010]

It has seemed to me that lately there’s been an increased level of ‘chatter’ on the Internet about using Twitter in the classroom, as a part of the learning process, so I decided to take a closer look into it. After reviewing many articles and blogs, I realized that there has been a lot of coverage of a couple cases, but I also found mention of a few others as well, and went ahead and threw together this list of 6 specific different examples. This seemed like a useful mid-week post, since there appears to be a growing interest in using this hot Internet technology in the classroom environment.

  • I’ll start by providing links to two articles (here is one, and here is the another), about teacher Monica Rankin using Twitter in instructional application at the University of Texas at Dallas. These are a few of many stories about Professor Rankin’s efforts (this highly covered case is what really triggered my perception that there were a lot of articles about Twitter in the classroom in recent weeks).
  • Here is a video about Twitter (and other technologies) being used at Roosevelt HS in Minneapolis.
  • This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses instructor Cole Camplese’s use of Twitter, streaming Tweets from students on screen during lectures, as part of the instructional process.
  • In this Vlog, Christine Morris explains how she experimented with the technology with her higher ed students, tapping into Tweetdeck to get the most out Twitter.
  • In this blog posting, David Silver explains how Twitter replaced three other technologies he was using in the classroom.
  • Last, but certainly not least, here is one of countless articles about Professor David Parry’s work with Twitter, from early 2008. This is the first Twitter in the classroom story that I came across and it has been discussed and posted about many times on the Internet.

More ideas for using Twitter in the classroom
For those thirsting for more ideas about this tipic, here’s a few more related posts:

If anyone knows of any other web postings about other teachers actually using Twitter in the classroom, please comment and let us know.

I’ll be wrapping up my series on using Virtual Worlds in the Classroom with a look at a handful of useful resources in Second Life this weekend. See you then!

Related posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
100 Ways to Teach With Twitter
10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about
Education Technology Twitter Post Weekly Summaries


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Shawanda Hammen October 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

hello,I’m from Yale University

My thesis cited your articles, if that violated your copyright, please send an email to contact me.

Tom Caswell March 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Great list of ideas for teaching with Twitter. One that I am involved with is called TwHistory. Students research primary source documents (letters, journals, etc) and set up Twitter accounts on behalf of the historical figures they represent. Then they tweet from that perspective. So far we have reenacted the Battle of Gettysburg and the Cuban Missile Crisis, with more coming soon! Visit for more information.

Mário Pires January 20, 2010 at 4:00 am

I finaly translated the article about the use of twitter in the Kindergarten, here is the link:

Giselle Santos September 18, 2009 at 9:08 am

Due to a Digital Immersion project many teachers are using twitter in the classroom where I work, a language school in Brasilia, Brazil. I have seen excellent examples of activities but the most impressive succeed because of the viral enthusiam coming from the teachers involved. Twitter can be a great tool to enhance participation in classrooms.

K. Walsh September 18, 2009 at 8:06 am

Wow – Twittering with 4 year olds – very impressive. I’d love to read the post when it’s translated to English. Thanks for the comment, Mario!

Mário Pires September 18, 2009 at 4:54 am

My wife is a kindergarten teacher in Portugal, and she is using twiiter in her classroom to promote literacy since May when most of the children were aged 4. Her twitter name is @Anadz but the twitts are only in Portuguese, she made an blog article about it. I intend to translate it to english so that it is better known.

bodydetox July 30, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Twitter is very addictive. I like Twitter more than blogging. the messages are short and straight to the point.

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