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100 Ways to Teach with Twitter


This handful of resources provide about 100 different ideas for, and examples of, using Twitter in the classroom.

It's been almost 8 months since I published the post, “6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom”, about uses of the popular micro-blogging tool in the instructional setting. This post generated a lot of traffic, and continues to attract hundreds of viewers every week.

TwitterLogoSince that brief posting, I've come across a lot of articles containing examples and suggestions for using Twitter in instructional applications. I've combed through many of these and tried to boil down the redundancies to create a rich set of idea-laden resources. While there's still going to be some overlap in the concepts presented in these articles, they clearly meet the goal of providing a thorough set of ideas and examples for leveraging Twitter in the educational process. (I follow this new listing with the original set of articles cited in my June ’09 post).

I also want to mention these 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics, which are worth reviewing to learn more and plan your approach to using Twitter in (and out of) the classroom.

Here are the original “6 Examples” from last June's post:

  • 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.

In closing, I must thank the authors of the posts that I cite here - this article would obviously not exist without their previous hard work. I hope this posting raises awareness of their excellent efforts.  

Related posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about
Education Technology Twitter Post Weekly Summaries
6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom


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