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These tools offer free functionality that extend and enhance the possibilities for instructional uses of Twitter. Teachers are finding new ways to use Twitter to engage their students, build stronger academic and professional relationships, and to share information in a richer learning environment, and they are using tools like these to bring more fun and functionality to the process.
High schoolers at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minn. are being engaged in the classroom in a whole new way. By using social media tools and giving them access to the Internet, students are able to learn in different ways. Having discussions about their English class online has increased their level of attention and engagement in their studies.
Twitter is just one tool that can be used to build a PLN. Listen to Waukesha West Social Studies Teacher Dale Van Keuren talk about his experience with Twitter, specifically how it has refreshed, informed, and invigorated his teaching practice.
There is a growing group of educators who are Tweeting about teaching in today’s world. Imagine a teacher’s lounge where you get to hand pick the teachers -- because they inspire you, challenge you, make you think, and are always available to push your thinking or to provide a needed resource.. Educators on Twitter share articles, blog links, research and engage in ongoing conversations that help us learn, grow and be better teachers.