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SR: I’ve been on since 2010.
JN: What is the best thing about it?
SR: It is a great way to connect to people all over the world.
JN: How has Twitter helped you as a teacher?
SR: I think that, honestly, Twitter has been transformational for me, just because it has tremendously grown my reach in terms of who I connect with, and where I get my ideas from. Now, whenever I want to find some new ideas I just go to twitter. There are a lot of people on twitter who I can now talk to and ask questions from who I would have not ever talked to if it weren’t for twitter. It also includes things like companies too. Twitter has just allowed me to connect to so many more people that it has re shaped my teaching experience.
JN: What separates Twitter from the other social media websites (Tublr, Facebook, Snapchat)?
SR: Twitter is just so much more professional than all the other social media sites, for instance Facebook feels like more of a personal site.
JN: How has Twitter helped you with your flipped classroom idea?
SR: Everything that I do with the flipped classroom there is a hash tag “#flippedclass,” and so I know that I can just type in “#flippedclass” so I can see everything everybody is doing, resources that they are posting. And then if I want to share a video with other teachers, I can just put “#flippedclass” “#mathchat,” and then all these people are instantaneously able to see my video. Twitter allows me to share my videos with the world.
Sheninger’s main focus is on using social media to benefit teaching, and he shared this with the Bulldog in a tweet:
The responses that the Bulldog receive truly laminate the idea that Twitter has revolutionized the teaching world. Putting the content of the tweets aside, the sheer fact that people from all across the U.S. took their time to reply really says something about the connectivity powers of Twitter. In less than a day, we were able to communicate with, and get helpful information from teachers we would have never even heard of if it weren't for Twitter.
With that being said, the Bulldog urges all teachers to use Twitter in their professional lives. The connections it creates, the doors it opens, and the opportunities it allows truly make it a career changing technology all people must be aware of.