** 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 http://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.

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

Tags: microblogging, twitter

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Yeah .. the twitter search feature does not work. I have given up on it .. but what does work sort of is searching with terraminds. Use this search string to search the twitter database of "updates" .. this same search criteria does not work in the user database for some odd reason .. and I have alerted them to this fact. They will probably fix it.



As I said, you should be able to change "updates" to "users" to search each users profile bio .. but it doesn't work.
Hey Frank, just added classroom20 to my profile.
All right. I just started using Twitter a few days ago. The catalyst was the NCCE conference in Seattle last week; and specifically Amy Lundstrom's presentation, so THANKS AMY.
I'm hoping to find more teachers using Twitter and expand my network of persons who can help one another in classroom tech use.
I'm easy to find (I think)....BFrost.
One obstacle, Twitter is blocked at school; that's going to be annoying.
Bob, I was there at Amy's presentation. I'll add you to my twitter feed but feel free to subscribe to my blog at http://www.edtechvision.org. I share lots of tools and technology integration from my classroom at my small school.
twitter: ccassinelli
Colette, I added your twitter and blog to follow. Just learning to use the twitter, and the block at school limits my time.
I'll be visiting your site for tools, thanks for all of the links there.
It is blocked at my school too. BUT Twitterfox is a plugin for Foxfire and it gets through. I can't change settings or add people, but I can tweet and get tweets. It has been a life saver
Yah, I'm not new to either CR2.0 or to Twitter, but there are terrific things going on there. (it seems to fit my learning style better to be there more often than here).

So I'm GingerTPLC on Twitter.
I DID IT!!!! What a great idea. I need to use Twitter more
You can friend me too at


My teaching alterego, who uses Twitter as a class tool for teaching intermediate Italian is profeac. Since I would like to keep the timeline strictly in the target language (Italian), I don't follow anyone except my language community. But you can read about it on twitter & teaching/learning italian
ok! updated my profile with the C20 tag- twitting about art, technology, china, and geeky stuff : http://twitter.com//dsgran
Good article. This is my first time to learn Twitter. I am glad to know this tool. Thanks!



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