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Engaging Students Through Social Media

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Ashlie O'Connor

on 25 March 2016

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Transcript of Engaging Students Through Social Media

Increasing Student Engagement Using Twitter
How Social Media Influences Society
Twitter 101
Classroom Implementation
Twitter creates a platform of collaboration, that teachers can utilize to engage and connect with students for multiple purposes
Connecting with Others
As of January 2014, 74% of online adults use social networking sites.

24% of online adults are using Twitter
Bridging the Gap
Click on the following link:
Twitter Tools
Professional Development and Networking
Twitter offers the ability to gain professional development on any subject or interest area possible just by logging on and connecting with fellow educators
Its a quick way to make a connection and collaborate on an idea.
Offers quick access to links and resources from anywhere in the world
Discovery and Say
Twitter can connect you to anyone into around the world. This benefits perspective, cutltural diffusion, and global connections.
Twitter also enhances the users voice in society. Government officials, entertainment figures, and administrative leaders all have a presence on Twitter. This allows you to indirectly/directly contact them about your concerns
Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past.

Teen Twitter use has grown significantly: 24% of online teens use Twitter, up from 16% in 2011.

Public accounts are the norm for teen Twitter users.
While those with Facebook profiles most often choose private settings, Twitter users, by contrast, are much more likely to have a public account.

64% of teens with Twitter accounts say that their tweets are public, while 24% say their tweets are private.
Educators & Twitter
Use the next 15 min to view the link and collaborate. I will be available on Google Chat if you have any questions.
Logging In
Head to: & either log in or sign up.
Interacting and Engaging
Writing a tweet for everyone to view
Responding to a tweet
Direct Messaging someone
Liking a Tweet
Quoting a Tweet

What's In a Hashtag
# are a way to categorize tweets and connect them to:
common themes
For example:
#upperpeninsula #education #springtraining #macul16

Trending describes a hashtag that is garnishing a large amount of tweets!
Searching for others
Real Life Application
Classroom Twitter account
Community Connections
Establishing an online presence
Establishing photographers and reporters
Parent Communication

Student Engagement
Backchannel chat throughout a class period
Formative assessment practice
Exit ticket
Group work
Communication of classroom resources
Educational connections and opportunities
Idea development and pinpointing ideas
Examples and Resources
Lets Create
Click on the following link and make a copy of the document. Use the next 15 -20 minutes to create a skeleton of a proposed lesson plan integrating Twitter.
tweetdeck – a way to organize and manage what you follow
twitterfall – latest tweets scroll down the screen; can be used for conferences and large group gatherings.
1. At a glance
2. Trending now
3. Composition
4. Feed
5. Suggestions
6. Search Bar
7. Profile and Settings
tweetbeam – an interactive wall to view trends
Thank You
Thank you for attending my presentation, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at
or on
Twitter: @oconnorashlie

Resources Used
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