I check my Twitter account daily for news and information to help improve my teaching practice with innovative teaching practices. Silver Bird is a Twitter extension that saves me time as it allows me to quickly and efficiently review relevant trending topics. For example, I can search for topics like “Digital Citizenship”, “Technology Lesson Plans” and “Ed Tech News” and Silver Bird returns the information in an easy to read interface within Google Chrome.
Notifier is another great app for Google Chrome and helps me to keep track of my education related tweets. New stories (tweets) pop-up on my screen so I never miss an interesting topic. Additionally, you can also quickly compose tweets and direct messages. Simply navigate to the Chrome Web Store and click "Add To Chrome" to get started.
This is one of my favorite apps and greatly enhances the functionality of Twitter. The best feature is the ability is to create columns and lists of tweets by subject or interest. If I'm looking for information to share with other teachers or students I can simply create collections. I can also schedule tweets with images for my students or even parents to follow. Be sure to check out my collection "Using Twitter To Develop Your Professional Network" for more ideas.
This add-on integrates with Google Sheets and is great for both teacher and student research. The research possibilities with this app are endless. Simply search Twitter for any keyword or hashtag and save matching tweets in a Google Sheet. Twitter Archiver lets you research trending information by entering hashtags or any other related search term. For example, a social studies teacher could use it to search for any current event and then sort the results by followers, follows or retweets.
Over the past several years I’ve migrated to Google Docs and it has become my primary word processor. I love Twitter Curator as it allows me to search and save tweets right inside the Google Doc I’m working on. For example, I may need info for a lesson plan or assignment and I can easily find information. For example, recently I was preparing a lesson on “Big Data” and used the search term to help me research and develop some discussion questions.