Twitter is one of the best resources to connect with other art educators and educational leaders, allowing you to send messages using only 140 characters. The most current and innovative ideas are floating around in the twittersphere. Most art teachers share pictures of their artwork and links to their blogs which have explanations to their latest art projects. It is a great way to find inspiration and support each other as professionals and art educators!
If you are not a part of Twitter click here to sign up!
There are a few basics that you want to know about Twitter:
Following the Right People
It is all about following the right people! A great source to follow and check out is The Art of Education on twitter. Check out Theresa McGee’s list of Art Educators on Twitter to get a jump start on your very own Professional Learning Network (PLN.)
The Basics to Tweeting & How to Search Conversations
@ = the message is sent to that person
#= hashtag which allows you to serach a conversation
Connect with Ease
You can download Twitter Apps for your phone, iPad or desktop of your computer, this way, you don’t have to log in each time to participate. You can view and send a few messages here and there and stay in touch on the go!
Join in #ArtsEdChat every Thursday
At the start of the summer Sarah Doane asked if there was a time for #ArtsEdChat on Twitter. This sparked a conversation that revived #ArtsEdChat. You can vote weekly for what you would like to talk about each Thursday during the #ArtsEdChat. The best part about voting is that you can see the results in a nice user-friendly pie chart!
This is a photo of what the Twtpoll looks like.
I know that Twitter has helped me get new ideas for my art room, connect with other great art teachers from around the world, and sparked ideas that I would have never thought of on my own!
Hope to connect with you on Twitter! My Twitter name is @chelsiemeyer
How has using Twitter made a difference for you as an art educator?
What are some tips or tricks you have to using Twitter?