Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Twitter and Me

I didn't even know what Twitter was until my wife showed me. She would always be on her Twitter account following everyone and sharing what celebrities would be saying about their day. I thought that it was stupid to just be able to read what people had on their minds or what they were going to do for their day. So I never bothered to create an account because I was satisfied with my Facebook account. One day my wife told me that she had made me a Twitter account and gave me my password and told me to go on and check it out. So I did and I have to admit that it was pretty interesting reading some of the posts on Twitter made by celebrities and friends. Then one of my friends told me to start using Twitter for news sources, and I did. I learn more about the news from Twitter than I do from any other source, because I have no time to sit and watch the news on TV. I work full time and go to school full time so I just get on my Twitter and check out the news from there.

When my SEDU 183 class started I thought I knew pretty much everything there is to know about Twitter and how it operates and I was wrong. This class has taught me so much about Twitter and the uses of it inside and outside the classroom. I have learned that as a teacher I could use Twitter for exams and quizzes. I could also use Twitter for discussions that we will be having during class and that will give all of my students an opportunity to participate and to speak their own mind. I will definitely use Twitter for parent/teacher conferences, because I know how hard it is to be a parent and sometimes parents to want to go to the school to sit down and talk with the teacher about their child's progress. So they could sit at home together as a family and we could hold the conference on Twitter. This past Tuesday our class participated on taking our first quiz online using Twitter and with little instructions we worked together and figured out how to successfully take and hopefully pass our quiz. So if we can do it, then anyone can use Twitter as a resource for their classroom.

I am going to be a High School Social Studies teacher and I will definitely be using Twitter and other online sources to give quizzes and exams and to hold discussions during class. I don't want to be the boring teacher who lectures all class period and all year, because kids won't learn from that and they will be bored very easily. I want to use to new ideas and technology in my classroom so that my students can participate, work together, and give their own opinion without saying what someone else said. I am very excited to use these new ideas in my classroom and I have already started of thinking about ways I can incorporate Twitter and technology to get my students to the educational level that I will want them to succeed at.


  1. Good post with lots of clear, concise thoughts. It is interesting to see an adult's view on twitter both in and out of the classroom.

  2. Glad to see that you are learning the resources of twitter and this class has helped you change your view. Technology has resources that can be used very well within the classroom.

  3. I like your suggestion of using Twitter for parent teacher conferences. This is an application of the program I have never thought of. I also think it is interesting to think of it in terms of quizzes and such. I don't think this will work for my elementary grades, but in your High School it could be helpful.

  4. I was refreshing to hear someone that had such a positive experience with their quiz. I am a little uneasy about this process, and I have a feeling our class will be expected to do this sometime soon as well. I do not currently have any news stations added to my account that is next my list of things to do tonight