Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called "tweets", to your friends, or "followers."

A lot of people don’t “get” twitter. So here's a link to a great explanation:

A Guide to Twitter for Teachers

May I suggest that you be very careful about what you tweet. If your personal and professional account are the same, you need to keep in mind that if you tweet something about your favorite movie star your professional followers will read that too.

Twitter Vocabulary
  • Tweet A message sent from Twitter no more than 140 characters.
  • Tweetdeck Application that makes Twitter MUCH easier.
  • Hashtag # used to search for a specific topic. Searches ALL Tweeters using this.
  • Follow To voluntarily add Tweeters to your feed.
  • Followers People who see your Tweets
  • The Twitterverse The world of Twitter
  • Unfollow To choose to remove a Tweeter from your feed
  • Block To deny access of another Tweeter to your Tweets
  • “Protect your Tweets” To restrict viewing of your tweets only to your followers
  • Favorite To save a Tweet for later
  • Mentions Preceeded by the @ symbol; directs your Tweet to specific people.
  • Reply To respond to someone’s Tweet directly.
  • DM means Direct Message. To privately respond to someone’s Tweet

RT means re-tweet. Reposting someone else’s Tweet to your network.

And the best thing about Twitter...

  • PLN means your Personal Learning Network The great thing about following other educators on Twitter is that it can be 24/7/365/around the world Professional Development personalized to what you want to learn and apply in your classroom

People to Follow:

@ScholasticTeach (The official Scholastic Teachers account. We like to talk books, education trends and life as an educator)


@MSTA Missouri State Teachers Association

@ndn_rickrogers publisher/editor of the Neosho Daily News


@RoyBlunt Senator Roy Blunt

@clairecmc Claire McCaskill

@MissouriEd Experience meaningful professional development any time you want with other Missouri Educators.

@stevejmoore a 2nd year MO teacher at Seton Academy (and their weekly faculty meetings are at Panera--jealous!!!) in KC who leads Missouri Ed community (above), uses 2.0 tools in his classroom, highly involved in the Writing Center at UMKC, has been included in a new book as a young person to watch.

**@wmchamberlain** Noel, MO 4th grade teacher who has students blog for learning

@Missourischools Former school superintendent. Quest - To reform schools for the benefit of students and parents

@MoGov Get the latest news and information from the State of Missouri

@mostateparks Missouri

This Google doc is an awesome list of educators and conversations to follow (using a hashtag: # ):

Why Tweet? from a "Tweetup" in Illinois Feb 2011 created by @jorech

Follow other educators, administrators, professional organizations, groups,

You can sign up for PB Works and link on Twitter 4 Teachers and find teachers in your content area: