One of the things I started this year was using Twitter to communicate with students and parents about homework and upcoming assignments, tests and events.
- The great thing about Twitter is you can choose to have an open or private account. With an open account anyone can follow you and read your tweets whereas with a private account only those who you approve can follow you and read your tweets. I have tried both this year and found the open account allows parents more access to read tweets without having a twitter feed themselves.
- Use Twitter to post your nightly homework either as a photo of your homework board or in 140 characters text message.
- Students/parents can download the Twitter App to their smart phones or tablets and can access it anywhere with an internet connection. This is very accessible versus a classroom website, which might not be checked on the go as the site might not show up nicely on small smart phone screens.
- All tweets are public to your followers – for example if a student asks a question like “when is the book report due”. All of the students who follow your account will see the student’s question and your reply.
- Twitter is also a great way to share websites/information quickly with your students. When we are working on things in class and I need students to go to a specific URL – instead of writing it on the board and trying to help 30 students troubleshoot why they cannot access the site – they can go directly to my Twitter account and click on the link that I just tweeted.
- Lastly, if your school allows you can post photos of student work and students working together on Twitter for their parents to see.