** TWITTER STATUS UPDATE: The site seems to be running as normal again!


As teachers, educators, students and administrators in education, we need to use a variety of tools to get the job done. Classroom 2.0 Ning Network is one very important (hugely important) tool. But there are more out there that need to be harnessed and exploited in the interest of pedagogy.

I just did a search at Twitter.com (search is a relatively new and powerful feature on Twitter) and only found 3 teachers when "classroom20" was set as the search key work. THREE!!!


So, please let's fix this. Including me ... networking is one (of many) of the most exhilarating uses of Twitter

With Twitter you can:
1. network with others and get immediate responses with sharing ideas and resources
2. use Twitter in a zillion ways with your students to advance learning, higher order thinking skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills, creativity skills, etc.)
3. Get SMS cell phone notification from only those "followers" that you give permission to (very useful when working on a special project with a small group of colleagues).

So, here is what we all need to do.

1. Open a twitter account (http://twitter.com) if you yet do not have one (and every person wanting to stay informed and share really should)

2. Be sure to (a.) insert the word classroom20 into your profile bio or (b.) use your classroom20 my page URL in your twitter profile website field (or just https://classroom20.ning.com/ if you prefer)

Give twitter a day or 2 to index you in their search engines and then VOILA! .. You can enter the key term "classroom20" into the onsite search engine .. then just click "follow" for each person that you want to add to your network.

If you add me (my twitter is "metaweb20" please add me) for example .. then I will receive an email notification ... I use those to see who added me .. and then I usually add them too (if they don't look too weird, hehe).

I use twitter with a large group of edtech and edublogs bloggers and I can assure you that it is a fantastic resource. Many of you here already know this. But, we have had to find each other 1 by 1 by reading blogs and such.

Let's do it. I will run a twitter search in a few more days. It will be interesting to see how many will be there beyond those 3 shown above.

Frank
blog: http://franksblog.edublogs.org
twitter: http://twitter.com/metaweb20
article: How to Use Twitter in the Classroom

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When you get finished, can each of you PLEASE come back here and post:

I DID IT!!!! Twitter ID: metaweb20

This way everyone will have a chance to be notified until this project dies out. Because if the post gets buried ... then there isn't any point to start with.

Thanks
Great suggestion. I also want to let people know that I made a screencast called "Getting Started with Twitter" which might be useful for poeple who are not familiar with it. I'm on my way to add Classroom 20 to my profile. You can follow me on Twitter @lizbdavis.
what do you use for screencasting? I use Jing, but when I want to save the file to my hard drive, it does so in a shcokwave format. Do other (free) screencasting services offer a variety of file extensions?
You might want to look at http://screencast-o-matic.com/ it is all done online and you can save the files as a Quicktime movie. I have a bunch of screencast links saved here. You might find some helpful.
You can friend me at http://twitter.com/zemote

-Jeff
http://edmodo.com
Hi Frank,
This is a great idea for Classroom2.0 users to continue our networking through Twitter.
Feel free to follow me on - http://twitter.com/helenotway
Thanks everyone. Twitter is slow to index their search database. Last I checked we have gained 1 person. There are so many 3rd-party tools for twiiter that enhance it's productivity. One of my favorites is Tweet Scan as you can search the entire twitter database for specific information .. and pick up some great URLs in the process.

Every time I come back here with a status update ... I will also drop a link to an interesting twitter tool.

:) Frank
http://franksblog.edublogs.org
Hi Frank I learn more about twitter everyday and will immediately follow your steps when twitter's current technical problems are solved. I am murcha and have gained so much from using twitter despite having only used it for one month.
Me too Anne. What is the deal with the technical problems? Any word?

http://twitter.com/metaweb20
Frank
Everyone .. check out these VERY entertaining videos on twitter from Sage Lewis, including 17 ways to use twitter.

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