How to Use Twitter With Teacher Candidates: Webinar Recording Available
Twitter can be used in a variety of ways, from celebrity stalking to news tracking to simply sharing life’s events with friends. As more and more people create accounts and become active users, Twitter’s application in teaching and learning also is growing. On September 29, Jeff Carpenter and Scott Morrison of Elon University (NC) and Michael Maher of North Carolina State University presented the second in their series of three free webinars for AACTE members on Twitter’s potential for use in teacher preparation programs.
This webinar, “How Teacher Educators Can Use Twitter in Their Classrooms,” discussed the professional side of Twitter and how social media can be implemented positively in the classroom rather than banned. The presenters noted that Twitter offers “free, convenient access to a plethora of professional resources not typically available through teacher education course work,” allowing future teachers to collaborate with wide networks of people and contact authors and other experts. Contrary to what many think, such professionals often do engage with students on Twitter, especially during dedicated chat times. The virtual network can be a boon to novice teachers seeking connections and advice to support their transition to their own classrooms.
Webinar participants asked how to locate Twitter accounts within their field and how to find out when these Twitter chats take place. All it takes is a few simple searches, the presenters explained. In addition to searching for various hashtags on Twitter, one can also Google “education Twitter chats” or similar topic-specific searches.
To access the September 29 webinar recording and slides (for AACTE members only), click here. A previous webinar in the series, “Twitter 101 for Leaders in Educator Preparation,” is also archived here. You can also register for the final free webinar in the series: “Educator Preparation Programs Taking Twitter to the Next Level,” to be held November 5 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.