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Sep 5, 2013

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Tweet Tweet! 8 Reasons You Need an Art Room Twitter

Twitter

Twitter is one of the most popular and widely used social network websites for friends, families, news, businesses, and communities around the world.  A growing number of educators, schools, and educational sites now have Twitter accounts to keep their audiences informed about the most recent knowledge, practices, innovations, and ideas.

Why should you jump on the Twitter train and become part of this ever-growing community?

1. It is EASY, FAST, and FREE!

In less than 140 characters you can communicate with your Twitter followers immediately.  Snap a quick picture of student work, projects in progress, or students working. Write a brief description of the project or your learning target, and you’ve let the world into your art room in less than 2 minutes!  You do have the ability to control your privacy and who can see your posts, so it can be made as safe as you need it to be.

2. You’ll be “up with the times”!

Your students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and district will appreciate your innovative technological communication strategies.

3. It’s a great way to communicate with parents and guardians

Keep families informed about what you’re doing in the art room and about art related activities in your district.  Parents have the opportunity to check in as often as they want and can have the opportunity (if you’ve allowed) to comment on these posts in order to open up a conversation between school and home.  Send reminders about field trips, art shows, and arts activities or events throughout your community.

4. It’s accessible from almost anywhere

In our technological age, not only can you reach more people at once, but Twitter can be accessed just about anywhere you can use a cell phone, tablet, or computer.

5. It includes photo, video, and website linking opportunities

One of the best things about Twitter is the ability to link just about anything to a post: photos, videos, websites, links to your classroom blog, and links to other social networks like Instagram and flickr. Twitter is also kind enough to shorten your attached links to cut down on the number of characters used per post (remember you only have 140!).

6. You can use it for professional networking

Follow and be followed by other art teachers and educational programs to swap ideas, educational resources, and best practices to continue being the innovative art teacher you are. Who knows, maybe new opportunities will present themselves as you gain recognition!

7. You can take advantage of of great deals and opportunities

Gain special access to activities, exhibits, or limited showings, and be the first to take advantage of deals and coupons companies may only provide to their Twitter followers.  (An opportunity for cheap deals on supplies? Yes please!)

8. Gain free advertising and advocacy 

Advertise yourself, your art program, and the arts in your community.  Ask for volunteers, promote museum trips, traveling exhibits, and creative activities so your students don’t lose the great creative skills you’ve taught them when they’re not with you!

Have you used Twitter before? If so, how? 

What other benefits could Twitter provide?

What would the name of your Twitter handle (name) be? You can find me here at: @cliveartroom and can find AOE here at: @theartofed

 

 

AleciaThis article was written by AOE Team member Alecia Eggers. Alecia is a certified K-12 Art Instructor, and currently teaches K-6 elementary art in central Iowa. She is passionate about teaching and reaching her students with an innovative and meaningful arts education.

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  • Amy

    Just asked my principal TODAY if we could do this! Signed up by noon with the handle @bigbendart and immediately tweeted about my excitement! Can’t wait to see how this technology can take my art program to the next level!

    • Alecia Eggers

      Yay!! So awesome that you got such quick results! It is so worth it!

  • Jennifer Rodgers

    I have been toying with the idea of creating a Twitter for my high school art department. Currently, I maintain a Facebook page for the reasons you listed above. Check us out at: http://www.facebook.com/shhsart and feel free to like us! You have convinced me that Twitter would be a nice addition to my department’s social media presence.

    • Alecia Eggers

      Absolutely! Facebook is such a great avenue as well! I truly love how quick and easy Twitter is! Post your Twitter handle (your @ name) on your Facebook for even more followers!

  • laura j

    Love twitter for all the links to art and education related material!
    Laura
    http://www.artroomonline.com
    twitter:: @artedlab

    • Alecia Eggers

      Love the clean design of your blog!

      • laura j

        Thank you – I cannot take credit though…it’s all WordPress :)

  • Lisa R.

    I am new to Twitter @ArtsyLisaTX …So I know how to link a photo, but video!? :))) How is that done? Also, how do I change the main background of my whole profile page?

    • Alecia Eggers

      Hi Lisa! I thought I replied to this message last night – so I apologize if you get an answer twice! I was going to add another bit of info to my original answer so I’m glad I caught this! Most apps allow you to export to Twitter, and most video websites now have easy upload/share buttons to platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., or simply copy and paste in the URL to the video in the normal message box. I found that when I was in the new message box when accessing twitter from my laptop and clicked the camera logo it opened up the window to find and view files on my computer – I assume this means you could load a video saved to your computer as well.

      As for the background, these pages explain it much simpler – and with pictures better than I could: https://support.twitter.com/articles/15357-customizing-your-profile-design, http://www.wikihow.com/Change-Your-Background-on-Twitter

      Hope that helps!

      • Lisa R.

        Thank you so much that helps a lot!!! And I did end up figuring out how to do cool artsy backgrounds. I realized I needed to be on my laptop to get that done in the settings. :)

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