I only began tweeting about one year ago. As the kids tell me now, I thought it was just to say that you were at Shamrock’s having an ice cream cone. They don’t see the usefulness of it now as I didn’t then.
That changed when I began following teachers and educational technology experts. I am not very good at keeping up with them, I don’t regularly monitor my account. When I do check in I always have some great links and programs to check out.
My favorite thing to do with Twitter is the #langchat at 8pm on Thursday nights. I have missed it the last couple of weeks because of our school play, so I am very excited to return to it this week. It is so well organized with a topic for the night that the monitors keep us focused on. The summary email and archive are the true treasures. They can be found on this wiki. Besides the Thursday #langchat, I search the hash tag occasionally and see some great resources.
I did learn that it is best to use “Tweet Chat” for the Thursday night chats. It automatically adds the has tag, which occasionally I would forget in the excitement. It also makes the chat appear on a larger screen so I can see more of the conversation.
I do give points to my students for tweeting. It is an option on their homework page for the week. I just have them use the hash tag #bccsp so I can search for them.
Other useful sites I have found regarding Twitter:
Pictures made from various tweets. Just a fun site.
What else is out there?