Twitter–An Instructional Tool!


Happy New Year!  Going back to school in January always got me thinking about ways to surprise my students with the unexpected!  A little novelty went a long way in engaging students in a lesson or a task.  I read an article in ASCD’s SmartBrief (a free resource where I can track educational ideas and trends from around the country–I used to get ideas for my classroom all of the time here.) about a middle school teacher in Kentucky using Twitter.

Ella Bowling uses Twitter to:

  • Help her students review for tests
  • Introduce new vocabulary.

Read the entire article at

I immediately started thinking about ways I would use Twitter if I was still teaching language arts, and how I might incorporate it into my presentations these days:

  • Exit slip–summarizing the big ideas of the lesson/presentation
  • Asking questions that could be addressed the next day
  • Writing different types of sentences (sentence variety practice!)
  • Using new words in sentences.
  • Messages to the next class or presentation group about what to be prepared to discuss
  • Questions to me prior to the class or presentation that I should address during the class/session.
  • Sharing of related resources.
  • Assuming the role of a literary or historical character and tweeting an appropriate message.

I’m thinking Twitter has a multitude of positive uses in the classroom, and I’m just a little jealous of those who can try them out!

I’m curious–how are you and your students using Twitter and other social networks in your classes?



One Response to “Twitter–An Instructional Tool!”

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