** 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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Awesome idea about the tag "classroom20"! I'm jdblack64 on twitter.
I'm trying to figure out how to use twitter. No luck in getting back in. I guess I'll try a new sign in. Wish me luck. Birgit B.
Hello Birgit, when you applied for twitter, did you get an activation email and did you activate it.? Otherwise re-apply with the original username and password and see if it will accept that. I am murcha on twitter.
I'm badiettrich. I post at least one useful or fun site everyday that I think can be used with students.
Hi Brenda, I tried to look up your blog through your bio here and in twitter, but it is not listed. Are you able to share with me as you are doing some really interesting things?
I'm getting ready to do a prof. dev session with teacher on personal learning networks so I decided to do a Twitter experiment - Around the World in 80? Tweets. It's been fun to see how Twitter can pull a group together whether they follow you or not.

I was sold on Twitter before, but am most definitely stoked about the power of Twitter now
--- I did it - misstizzy
Hi Cindy, I will definitely send a message to you on twitter. You might be interested in seeing my "edutwits" experiment with google forms in which I created a form that feeds a spreadsheet which automatically populates a google map of the answers. It would be great if you would add yourself to the list!

Here's the link to the form
Here's the link to the spreadsheet and map
Hi Susan, I keep putting in my details but it never shows up on your spreadsheet. is it because it does not recognize Hawkesdale, Australia. Maybe I will try Melbourne which is 3 hours away but recognizable by google maps. Annoying, cos I tried a while ago and just now. Please ignore it did work Sorry

Hi Anne, thanks! In fact there does seem to be a problem with the form. I just checked and your wordpress blog appears on the map as located in Manchester, UK. I think it may be because of a couple of empty entries in the location column. Will fill in those empty spaces with the classroom20 url to see if that solves the problem.

Added myself but no tag on map - perhaps it's because I didn't put a comma between name of town and country - can't edit form though to see if it makes a difference :o(
I think I added everyone on this post to my twitter network ... but make sure you follow back :)




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