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Use Tweets to Teach Main Idea Like a Digital Native

You don’t have to be a digital native to use social media like a pro when it comes to teaching main idea and GIST through tweets and hashtags. This collection arms you with the explanations and strategies you need to rock the digital collaboration world.
A Collection By Debi Christensen
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Use Tweets to Teach Main Idea Like a Digital Native
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Because I can never remember where to send which tweet, this article reminds me of possible audiences for my voice. Best of all, I’m less tempted to make up random hashtags and sending my comments to who knows where. I have a list of landing places!
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Twitter has now been around long enough that it’s no longer a fad. You can use Twitter to promote collaboration in your classroom and network with others around the world to improve the quality of your instruction. I like this article for its reminder that we are all connected no matter how far away we may be geographically.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    Digitally Speaking / Why Teachers Should Try Twitter

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    Debi Christensen says:
    It’s not enough to use Twitter as a learning tool for the classroom. Educators today can also learn from their colleagues and peers by finding others to follow and tweeting their experience and thoughts. The professional development community is far larger when you engage with it through social media, and this article helps you learn to model what you teach.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Writing the GIST or main idea of a reading passage is similar to writing a tweet, except that you have twenty words to summarize what you have read. This lesson can be the bridge between writing a lengthy paragraph and producing a succinct tweet.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    The students in your classroom are generally gregarious, social beings who like to engage with others. You can use their desire to learn from others by creating a class account (especially if your students are twelve or younger) and conducting authentic learning opportunities.
  • teachingchannel.org
    teachingchannel.org

    Getting Started With Twitter In The Classroom

    6 minute read
    Debi Christensen says:
    Sure, Twitter is a tool for social media, but it’s a versatile tool for instruction, too. Begin your foray into classroom tweeting with these simple steps and reminders. I like the note about teaching responsible media sharing, too, and see plenty of opportunities for discussing everything from bullying prevention to plagiarism.
  • teachhub.com
    teachhub.com

    50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

    7 minute read
    Debi Christensen says:
    Once you begin using Twitter in your classroom, you may not want to stop, especially when you see how useful it can be. This article offers plenty of suggestions for incorporating Twitter in the classroom. I don’t use all of them at once, but each time I look at this list, I think, “Yes! I have to try that one, too!”
  • techforluddites.com
    techforluddites.com

    The Twitter Hashtag: What Is It and How Do You Use It?

    7 minute read
    Debi Christensen says:
    If you thought all you had to do in a tweet is keep your comment to 140 characters or less, it turns out that the hashtag is more almost more important than the tweet itself. Used as a way to reach a bigger audience and comment on your own comment without being redundant, the hashtag gives writers versatility in tone and style. This article explains to the non-technical audience what the hashtag is and how it works.
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