Using Twitter to Break Down Classroom Isolation
5 Advantages for Teachers Using this Technological Tool inEducation
Mar 30, 2009 David R. WetzelA Web 2.0 tool used to improve teacher professional knowledge, collaboration, self reflection, and ability to remaincurrent with the latest news and trends in education.Teachers work in the solitude of their classrooms, interrupted with occasional chances to talk with other teachersduring the day. Twitter is an online technological tool which can break down the rigid classroom schedule barriersand allow teachers to collaborate. Twitter has evolved into something beyond a trendy technology tool, avoiding theworry many teachers have about getting caught in a new flash-in-the-pan idea.Twitter provides a quick method for keeping in touch with other teachers and a way to quickly share information or resources related to current curriculum issues. Twitter also provides a quick communication tool for collaborationefforts and group communication between students working on a common project.Twitter provides many opportunities in educational settings for collaboration between teachers and students. Thisfree service allows a teacher, always time-constrained, to contact others using 140 characters or less. This is oftenreferred to as micro-blogging. These opportunities are discussed in the following advantages of Twitter in education.
Advantages of Twitter in Education
The following are five advantages for using Twitter in the classroom:
Collaborating with Other Teachers
Teachers often need suggestions for curriculum and management issues, which working in the isolation of their classrooms becomes difficult at best. Twitter removes this isolation, as teachers are able to send short messages tomentors or other teachers asking for suggestions.Teachers can also share links to resources with other teachers in the same content area within their school or other schools. This is helpful in finding out if their colleagues have used these resources and their potential impact inhelping students understand concepts, avoiding the dreaded reinventing of the wheel. One example is earthquakescience projects shared in a Twitter message.
Self Reflection about Teaching
The common adage that “good teaching is a result of reflective teaching” is supported by sharing experiences with
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