Twitter is one of those things where you don’t really appreciate what it does until you try it and get past the stigma it carries. No, it’s not just another useless social media site. But, yes. There are hoards of people using it as just another useless social media site.
Not being much of a Twitter user in the past, I didn’t understand its’ full potential and how I could use it in the classroom. So how do I use Twitter when it comes to flipping the classroom you ask? Simply put, Twitter hosts information (links and the like) and sends it out to all those who follow me. If you don’t understand how Twitter works, or for a quick refresher, check out the video below:
The best way to learn how Twitter works is to get on and take a look-see. Eventually, you’ll see why it’s so effective when it comes to hosting your videos. If you need an example, take a look at my Twitter feed to see how we use it in our classroom (twitter.com/lps_wilmot or here).
All in all, Twitter is perfect for teachers. It’s simple, it’s useful, and it’s free. However, there are a few limitations – the main being you’re limited to 140 characters. Therefore, brevity is required when posting, and it’s important to make sure all your information is included in your tweet (including the URL to your video).
So, if all that is done correctly, kids will be able to view your videos via your Twitter feed, either on the computer or on their phones. Alas! Your videos have found an easy, accessible home on the internet. No more worries about having to start a blog, find hosting, or any sort of that techie mumbo jumbo.
One less hurdle. One less excuse to start. One more way to start facilitating student learning.
And you thought all those cat videos were the bee’s knees…
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Worried about a super long URL in your tweet? Twitter automatically treats ridiculously long URLs as only 19 characters. So don’t fret about that long, ugly link. However, if you’re one of those people who find long URLs unsightly, check out Bitly.com to clean things up.