@AOHSBOMBERS #BOMBERPRIDE #AOHS #AOLEARNS
If you recognize the characters and letters above you are likely a user of Twitter. I recently had a student tell me that they follow the @AOHSBOMBERS Twitter address because, “If school gets cancelled it’s on Twitter before anything else!” I could not argue because that student was correct. That conversation led to some analysis on my part. Ultimately, I want to know how we can better use Twitter as an effective means of communication.
In order to gain a better understanding of Twitter, I did a little research. The following is taken from the Twitter Support page online.
“The Internet is a great resource, but it's important for you and your child to be aware of the challenges and issues that can occur online. As parents you may be wondering, “What is Twitter?” or “What do I need to know to help keep my child safe online?”
We've compiled some tips both for you and for you to share with your child about different issues or situations they may encounter online. Not a parent? Check out our Tips for educators or Tips for teens for more information.
Founded in 2006, Twitter is a social broadcast network that enables people and organizations to publicly share brief messages instantly around the world. The service can be accessed on the web at Twitter.com, on a wide variety of mobile devices and via text messaging. Available in more than 35 languages, Twitter has more than 200 million monthly active users. Visit www.twitter.com or follow @twitter for more information.”
Twitter is gaining in popularity largely in part because of how easy it is to use. Tweets (messages sent using twitter) are limited to 140 characters, so it is forces users to be concise. If you still refer to # as the “pound” sign you really should consider joining twitter and gaining an understanding of the “hashtag”. #’s or hashtags create a link so that groups or organizations can have a common phrase that brings them together. We have started using #AOLEARNS to create a sequence of tweets that recognize great things going on in our classrooms. By clicking on one of these hashtags you can quickly view all tweets that use #AOLEARNS. We use #BOMBERPRIDE to reflect and record the PRIDE we take in being AO BOMBERS!
We use Twitter for announcements, recognition, and overall communication with our public, students, families, and media. Please consider following us @AOHSBOMBERS and talk with your student(s) about how they are using Twitter.