Almost Everyday I am promoting the use of Twitter to my colleagues. I usually promote it as a tool for creating a personal learning network (PLN) for self-directed, interest based learning. However, Twitter can also be an awesome communication tool to use within the classroom. I have collected many great sites, blog posts and other online resources to support Twitter in Education over the past few years, but was never inspired to promote it in the classroom.
My appreciation of Twitter was reaffirmed when I saw Principal Eric Sheninger’s (or how I know him in my PLN –
@NMHS_Principal) picture on the cover of the latest edition of Administr@tor magazine. This Connected Principal is taking great steps in promoting technology integration and use of social networking tools in his school. I also had the privilege of hearing him speak during a panel discussion without other principals at the 2011 ISTE conference.
Check out a great video that was produced for Administrator Magazine.
During this video the Visible Tweets website was described being used in the classroom to see live results from hashtags. Students could be using their mobile devices to participate in polls, ask questions, submit exit ticket comments…the list can go on, while it displays live through Visible Tweets. Could be a great visual backdrop for classroom discussions.