4 tips to live by on Twitter

Twitter can be an ever-flowing river of ideas and inspiration for educators. This episode gives four tips for making the most of it.

Thousands and thousands of educators around the world have grown by leaps and bounds professionally by getting connected on Twitter.

Of course, it’s not the app that helps them grow. It’s the connections, ideas and people that they find there.

I’m the same way. I very proudly claim that Twitter saved my teaching career. It gave me a lifeline at a time when I was in a serious rut and was considering leaving the profession.

Thankfully, the education “Twittersphere” is a pretty supportive one! We all like to help each other out and answer questions, and we’re AWESOME sharers.

How can you make the most of Twitter as a teacher? Check out the podcast episode below for four quick tips to help you enjoy your time on Twitter, make the most of it and help others, too.

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037 — 4 tips to live by on Twitter

Social media can be our lifeblood of classroom ideas, inspiration and connections. Here are some suggestions for making the most out of Twitter / social media for educators.

038 — Internet access for any assessment?

What would happen if we allowed “open internet access” during any assessment? I saw this question on Twitter from John Eick (@John_Eick) over the weekend and it had me thinking. What would happen?

039 — Battling naughty Kahoot! nicknames

Do you struggle with students creating naughty nicknames in Kahoot! games? Kahoot! has created a new feature to eliminate the temptation of typing a naughty nickname. Check it out and see if it’s a good fit for your class.

040 — The power of lunch with students

I was inspired by a story in the book “The Wild Card” by Hope and Wade King where a student had lunch with different groups of students for an entire month. How could that have a great impact on your relationships with students?

041 — Use KQED Learn to learn and share with an audience

Inquiry is a great way to help students own their learning and learn how to pursue their curiosity. KQED Learn is a platform that’s set up for students to start exploring, discovering and sharing. It’s free and it’s ready for you to use immediately!

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 DateEvent / Event DetailsCity / More Info
+ 06/01/2018
MSD of MartinsvilleMartinsville, IN
+ 06/04/2018
Granbury ISDGranbury, TX
+ 06/05/2018
Columbus City SchoolsColumbus OH
+ 06/06/2018
School City of MishawakaMishawaka, IN
+ 06/07/2018
Lafayette eLearning ConferenceLafayette, IN
+ 06/12/2018
2nd Annual Learn, Explore, Adopt and Deliver (LEAD) ConferenceCleveland, OH
+ 06/13/2018
InnEdCoKeystone, CO
  Public Event
+ 06/19/2018
Tyler ISDTyler, TX
+ 06/20/2018
TransformED ConferenceWaco, TX
+ 06/21/2018
Barr-Reeve Jr/Sr High School- Washington Community SchoolsWashington, IN
  Public Event
+ 06/24/2018—06/27/2018
ISTEChicago, IL
  Public Event
+ 07/24/2018
Regional Math & Science ConferenceAmarillo, TX
+ 07/30/2018
Oklahoma City Public School Resource CenterOklahoma City, OK
+ 08/01/2018
Flipgrid Event + Evening Live StreamMinneapolis, MN
+ 08/02/2018
Virginia Beach SchoolsVirginia Beach, VA