Nick’s Picks: Using Twitter to integrate book & author resources

This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.

Twitter’s momentum as a social networking service has been extraordinary; just last December more than one billion tweets were sent. These text messages of up to 140 characters can incorporate links to Web sites, movies, audio recordings, or any address on the Internet. But how are educators harnessing this tool to support K-12 pedagogical practices? In this month’s post, sample TeachingBooks.net tweets that were posted to demonstrate to educators easy and fun ways to integrate multimedia into their author and book studies.

1. Build awareness about relevant educational communities

Do you know about Poetry Friday—celebrated each week on numerous blogs? Here’s Marilyn Nelson introducing Carver (Front Street, 2001).

2. Share links by retweeting them (RT)

RT: If you like Where the Wild Things Are (Harper, 1963), check this out. Cool.

3. Provide easy-to-follow professional development tips

Find book and author resources you need on TeachingBooks.net with this hint!

4. Build connections to new books

A book for 2010: The Carbon Diaries 2015 (Holiday House, 2009). Read an interview with the author.

5. Allow poets to share their work

Lee Bennett Hopkins shares a tongue twisting poem about weather and explains homonyms to students.

6. Learn stories about authors’ names

Listen to Louise Erdrich pronounce her name and illuminate its meaning.

7. Connect students to authors in the classroom, online, anytime

Fast Food Nation (Houghton, 2001) co-authors Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson explore nutrition and food choices for teens.

8. Support curriculum calendar highlights

Celebrate Native-American heritage with author Tim Tingle’s discussion of and reading from his Crossing Bok Chitto (Cinco Puntos, 2008).

9. Prompt imaginative journeys

Just took a tour “Around the World in 35 Names!” Wow!

Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Principal of TeachingBooks.net

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