60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | Online Universities

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Twitter is a great educational tool. It can be used as a professional development tool for teachers and as a classroom collaborative tool as well. Here is a great list of potential uses. The article was published in Online Universities and here is the link: 60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | Online Universities.

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My top 11 blog posts from ’11

Magic in Education! is a blog that was created for the needs of a presentation on technology in the classsroom. Me and my collegue Makis Aggatheris were assigned to create a 3 hour workshop on New Technologies in Teaching. While we were preparing the workshop I came with an idea of having a blog where the participants can visit and see the links that I suggest them to visit. When the workshop was over, I decided to maintain the blog and keep publishing my ideas on technology in classroom. It is now 8 months amd it has been already visited from visitors from all over the world.

Here you can see my top 11 blog posts (according to the blog’s statistics) from ’11:

11. Make your own comics, Witty Comics

10. Penzu, your own personal journal and online diary

9Using Blogs in Education

8Wallwisher, Words that Stick!

7. Social Networks in Education

6How we created an interactive whiteboard with low cost!!

5. Web 2.0 apps

4. Prezi.com – Creating ashtonishing presentations

3.  How to create your own superhero comic

 2. 30+1  Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

and….

1. Glogster.com: Poster your self! (Text, Images, Music and Video)

The best hashtags for #education

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Twitter is a great tool for professional development. Many educators share their teaching experiences and so many tips. Being a newly qualified teacher, I personally learned so much things that helped me with my teaching. Under these hashtags someone can find really great educators who share and are willing to help as well as interesting chats.

Here are the hashtags

  • #ELTchat
  • #Edchat
  • #Edtech
  • #Edchatie
  • #Educoach
  • #Elemchat
  • #Earlyed
  • #Eltpics
  • #Engchat
  • #Lrnchat
  • #Teachpreschool
  • #TESOL
  • #TESOLFrance

Help me build this list. If you know an educational hashtag that you participate and it worths sharing please leave me a comment or contact me at the contact page.

“I wish I had known that when I started teaching” ( an #ELTchat summary)

 An #ELTchat full of wishes…

 This is a summary from the 12pm (Londontime) #ELTchat from 23rd November 2011.  The theme of this chat was “I wish I had known that when I started teaching”. It was a great opportunity to experienced teachers to speak up and share some of the problems they faced as newly qualified teachers and to new teachers to receive some answers or thoughts on the problems that may be facing. So many wishes sound familiar.

 ELT chatters touched upon many issues that they wished to be different during their first years of teaching. All these reflections concerned the first experiences of teaching, classroom management, lesson planning, resources, teacher development etc.

 Starting to teach

– Personally I wish I had know how long it takes to develop to a stage when you begin to feel somewhat OK with your teaching @Marisa_C

– I wish I had known sth about the English language @Shaunwilden

– I wish someone had told me “Beth, you will be a terrible teacher the first year”.  I really was! @BethCagnol

– I wish I knew how much I didn’t know – took me a while to figure that one out  @Marisa_C

– I wish I had been observed more in my first few years – well actually I wish I had been observed at all @Shaunwilden

– I wish I’d had the chance to observe other teachers/ team teach in the early years @cerirhiannon

– I wish I had known that what I teach isn’t always learned by students. Oh and also how scary parents can be! @Tamkirja

– I wish I’d known that learning is a slow process – learning language, learning how to teach @antoniaclare

– I wish someone had told me that it was OK to disagree with my colleagues’ methodologies. @bethcagnol

– Wish I’d been told to relax, enjoy yourself and smile more!  @theteacherjames

– Wish I had  known:  What doesn’t work one day may work on a different day and/or with different sts. @BethCangnol

– I wish I’d known more about revisiting, recalling, retelling, linking one lesson to another, watching progress @cerirhiannon

– I wish I had found a mentor when I was at points of change and wonder – ended up doing more and more courses  @Marisa_C

– I wish I’d known it was ok not to know something. I am not a ‘walking dictionary’ @prebolledoc

– I wish I had known that, ultimately, people are responsible for their own learning.  @ harrisonmike

Students – Class management

– Hi all! My first lesson when I was an elementary teacher was that making the lesson interesting isn’t enough. kids will test limits @naomishema

– I wish I’d known that what I do in the lesson is not as important as what the students do. Once I changed focus, I improved a lot.  @teacherjames

– I wish I had been told “You can’t please everyone!” @bethcagnol

– I wish I had known about the power of music in the YL classroom. @ patjack67

– I wish someone had prepared me for negative feedback from students (which was sometimes useful, but sometimes out of my hands) @BethanyCagnol

– If you’re struggling with a class, talk to colleagues, don’t assume it must be you – probably a wider issue than just your group.  @Marie_Sanako

– I wish someone had told me that silence from the students is sometimes a good thing! @bethcagnol

– I wish educators would give more attention to what learners are *not* putting on the table @royparmesan

– I wish I had started asking my learners how they felt about my lessons/activities earlier @Marisa_C

– I wish i’d been shown how to harness the power of a group  @cerirhiannon

– Also to think of yourself as one of the group, not  apart – and yes, hierarhcy & pack instincts v interesting  @cerirhiannon

– It’s always good to know your students’ name – so learn them even before you go to the class. @cherrymp

Lesson Planning – Textbooks – Resourses

–  I look back at my old lesson plans and think “Oh Lord have mercy. What was I thinking!?”  @Shaunwilden

–  I was so preoccupied in planning with “first I’ll do this, then I’ll do that”. Who cares about me, what about them? @theteacherjames

– I remember some advice, “Don’t hide yourself in the lesson plan. It’s okay for students to know things about you.”

– I remember some advice, “Don’t hide yourself in the lesson plan. It’s okay for students to know things about you.”

– I wish I’d known that it’s not the quantity but the quality of the lesson that matters – @cherrymp

– I wish someone had told me that sleepless nights planning don’t result in more learning – I wish I could have out dancing more @Marisa_C

– Also wish I had known about feedback (to collect it, ways to collect it and what to do with it when I got it)   @michaelegriffin

– I wish I had known something (anything!) about objectives!  @michaelegriffin

– Wish I’d known that all that endless meticulous lesson planning was making me deaf to the classroom’s symphony…

– I wish I had known that it’s OK to move away from the text book if it’s not being helpful!  Marie_Sanako

– I wish I have known that there is not a perfect coursebook. @ElindaGjondedaj

– I wish I’d not just followed a book in every class. @ phil2wade

Teacher Development

– I wish I had known more about teacher development  and how to hunt it down it in situations where none was offered in the workplace @esolcourses

– I wish someone had shown me Resource Books For Teachers – our secret weapon!  @theteacherjames

– I wish I’d known about associations and conferences earlier @harrisonmike

What is #ELTchat?    

Every Wednesday at 12:00& at 21:00Londontime a discussion is conducted on Twitter about ELT subjects. Professional English teachers gather all together and chat about current ELT topics. You may follow this chat on twitter here: #ELTchat. The moderator of this chat is Greek! She is Marisa Constantinides (@Marisa_C).

If you don’t have time to chat live with the professional teachers, there is a summary uploaded on their site eltchat.com

Special thanks to Marisa and Shaun who gave me the chance to contibute to this great chat!

New Technologies in Teaching Presentation Files

In the following link you may find the whole presentation (ppt file) of the workshop conducted  on Monday 30th May 2011: New Technologies in Teaching Presentation

You may also find the handout here: Handout

and the information leaflet on how we made our interactive whiteboard here: Interactive Whiteboard Leaflet


Twitter Lesson Plan

   In this post I am going to share a lesson plan that I have just found for a lesson using twitter. It is quite general but  very useful for all the language teachers who wish to adapt the new technologies in their classroom. I have found the article here and it was written by Kenneth Beare,. I did not summarize it because I consider all the points mentioned very important.

So here is the lesson plan:

Twitter has exploded across the Internet and more and more English learners are taking advantage of Twitter to practice their English. Learning English on Twitter is ideal for a few reasons:

  • Twitter’s 140 character limit ensures that English is practiced in bite-sized bits.
  • Students can discover information about any topic, especially popular culture topics
  • Students can receive bite-sized tips on English learning via Twitter.
  • The time investment required is minimal allowing students to slowly get used to practicing English on a regular basis.
  • There is almost no technological learning curve to using Twitter to learn English.

Students can use Twitter to ask questions and get advice from their followers.

This lesson focuses on introducing Twitter to students in class, helping them get up and running and, most importantly, assisting students in the discovery of interesting Twitterers to follow. Finally, there are a few suggested follow-up activities that help students continue their English learning with Twitter, as well as provide fun short discussion themes for class.

Aim: Twitter lesson to practice English taking advantage of Twitter

Activity: Introduction and continuing Twitter communication activity to help students use Twitter on a regular basis to improve English communication skills

Level: Low-intermediate to advanced

Outline:

  • Get up to speed on Twitter if you are not familiar with the service. This guide to learning English on Twitter should be of help. This short YouTube video, Twitter in Plain English, will give you an overview of the service. If you don’t have a Twitter account, sign up and start experimenting by using some of the ideas outlined in the resources mentioned, as well as in this Twitter lesson plan.
  • Provide computer access either via a computer learning lab, or by asking students to bring in their smart phones.
  • Introduce the service by prepping based on class interests. Find a few Twitter streams to examine by using the search function at Twitter. It’s especially helpful to use Twitter to search on popular culture. Ask students for suggestions and watch the funny comments role in. Soon you’ll be helping students learn a wide variety of idiomatic phrases.
  • Create an account for the entire class to get the ball rolling. This account can then be used in follow-up activities to make sure the class continues to use Twitter. This account will help students who are shy about using Twitter to slowly understand the potential of English language learning via Twitter.
  • Choose a few favorite topics to compose some tweets. Have students break up into small groups with each group choosing a topic on which to post their first tweet. (For Twitter related vocabulary use this twictionary reference page).
  • Post the first tweets. Once students see how easy it is, they should become more interested in participating. Ask students to return to their groups and discover a few interesting tweets using the search function on Twitter, or by looking for famous people they would like to follow. Each group should discover three to four tweets they especially like to read and explain to the class. 
  • As homework, ask students to create their own Twitter accounts and follow at least 10 Twitterers. Explain that students should bring in their Twitter user names for the next class.

During the next class, collect the Twitter account names and use the class account to follow everyone. Have students follow their classmates, as well as show off some of the Twitterers they have chosen to follow.

Follow-up Activities

During class, as a warm-up to other comprehension activities, ask students to use Twitter search to find some interesting tweets about the lesson topic of the day.
Have students conduct informal twitter polls by asking questions about specific topics discussed in class.
When learning idioms, ask students to tweet a few examples using the idioms in question for practice.
Every month, ask students to base a short presentation on a topic they’ve discovered or explored using Twitter.

#ELTchat, A ready-made PLN for ELT Professionals

 Every Wednesday at 12:00 & at 21:00 London time a discussion is conducted on Twitter about ELT subjects. Professional English teachers gather all together and chat about current ELT topics. You may follow this chat on twitter here: #ELTchat. The moderator of this chat is Greek! She is Marisa Constantinides (@Marisa_C).

If you don’t have time to chat live with the professional teachers, there is a summary uploaded on their site eltchat.com

Here is a short adoption from their site from last week’s elt chat on Storytelling and how it can be used for pedagogical purposes:

Once upon a time there were a group of teachers who got together and formed a group of professionals on twitter discusssing topics relevant to ELT. On Wednesday 18th May in the evening session we discussed: The use of ‘storytelling’ in class, (real storytelling, reading stories to our learners, using storybooks with YL and teenagers, digital storytelling).

I have to say when I saw the topic , I was very excited. I even volunteered to write up the chat before we started, such was my excitement. Although we touched on reading stories to our learners and using storybooks, the main focus, was on how to get students to create, tell and re-tell stories. As usual the pace was fast and furious and I hope that I can do all 43 pages justice!

Storytelling is one of those great lessons where students are mostly in control and have freedom to be creative.

Why should we use stories in class?

Marisa Constantinides: Stories are extremely powerful when learning and teaching English.

Theteacherjames: I think the joy of storytelling is that it’s universal, across all ages and; cultures.

Marisa Constantinides: Story telling is an essential part of communication in our daily lives so very important to teach the skill of narration.

Shelly Terrell: Getting students to tell personal stories motivates them to use language that is relevant to them.

Marisa Constantinides: I think everyone likes storytelling- from fairy tales to anecdotes, stories from our daily lives.

David Warr: Everyone loves stories, well, good ones.

This summary was written by @Fuertesun  and can be also found on her blog.

You may also find an index of the previous subjects of ‘chating’ here.

Examples of Educators’ Twitter Accounts

This post will include examples of educators’ twitter accounts which use them in view to communicate with the people who reads their work,with students or parents. In these type of twitter accounts you will catch the  educators to share their resources and class experiences to other other teachers.  What is more, they have the chance to get back instant feedback  from other global professionals.

Such twitter accounts are:

and many many others…

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter:

Elinda Gjondedaj (@MagicinEdu)  & Makis Aggatheris (@MagicinEdu2)

Examples of Classes’ Twitter Accounts

Educators do not only use twitter to share their resources to other educators around the world, they also use twitter  to create a virtual classroom. Educators along with students share the work done in class through twitter. It is very interesting when you see the students writing about what is done in class. Such examples are the following:


Quick Start Tips for New Twitters

It’s easy to forget how intimidating Twitter can be to new users once you’ve used it for awhile. So here are some of quick tips to getting started using twitter.
Most important aspects of setting up your account are:


1. Use a twitter username that makes it easier for others to relate to you as a real person. e.g. Compare spwat3 with suewaters — which is easier?
2. Your username can be changed anytime without affecting your twitter account by changing your name in the username field in your account settings.
3. Make sure you complete your one line bio and add your blog URL (if applicable) in account settings because people use this information to decide whether they will add you to their account.


4. Make sure you upload your twitter avatar asap — important to fit in and not look like a new user. Upload it by clicking on picture tab in account settings.


5. Don’t ask start inviting people to follow you on twitter until you’ve updated i.e. start writing some tweets first!!! Why would anyone follow you if you haven’t even bothered to update?
6. Easiest way to find and add people to your twitter account is to ask an experienced twitter user to ask their twitter network to add you. Make sure when they do start adding them you add them back plus thank them for adding you to their account!!!

This article was found in suewaters.com. That’s why there is her name in the tips. I tried to create a summary but her article was so comprehensive that I preferred to share it without many moderations.