How do teachers use Twitter?
A few years ago I joined Twitter and began the process of trying to cultivate a following. Call it Twitter 1.0. My plan was to get parents and students to use it and I would tweet little news or idea blurbs. Great idea, right? Well, not so much. I only had 14 followers in 6 months, and some of them were strippers. There just wasn’t that much interest in it. What I didn’t understand is that to really use Twitter well, you need:
- A message that appeals to the masses
- A target audience likely to be on Twitter.
I didn’t have that. Most of my parents were not on Twitter, because they had no specific need to do so.
Version 2.0 came with the idea that I was following a few really good educators who regularly posted great classroom ideas. Eventually, I shut down my classroom tweets, and started to follow everyone I could find who offered ideas for education, and those who tweeted other interesting content (news, politics, and sports).
I now consistently follow about 2000 people (the follow limit), all of whom tweet daily. I have a steady stream of current education ideas, links and other content to peruse whenever I have a moment or two. If I miss content, no big deal. The best stuff is retweeted for days. I mark links that I want to keep with the favorite star so i have it for later.
I also tweet ideas and sites I have found useful, and am inching toward 1000 followers.
I now see that Twitter is about building a personal learning network. Education is a great field to do that with. I have learned so much from other educators on Twitter, I can’t believe others don’t tap into this resource.
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