Educational Tutorials

for Teachers and Students


What is Twitter?
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. (definition from Wikipedia)

Intro to Twitter



Anatomy of a Tweet






Managing Twitter with Apps



How do I get started?

Setup your account

  • Choose a short Twitter name that captures who you are. Remember you are limited to 140 characters.  It is probably a good idea to use your name.


  • Good profiles tell about you & your interests 
  • Your bio should tell about your interests and what you teach or supervise.  This enables those viewing it to know who you are. Add a link to your blog or website.


  • Yes, you need some kind of picture. NO EGGHEADS! 
  • Use a picture of yourself. This way people know you are real.

Find someone with common interests and follow them.

  • See who they are following and follow some of those people as well.

Nebraska Educators on Twitter 

This is a list of #nebedu Twitter users. Find some people to follow.
Follow Me - @Chad_Ackerson

Twitter Basics



Basic Tweet: general outbound message to all of my followers. May include a picture or a link to click on for more information.

Reply or @mention tweet: starts with the other person's twitter handle. This tweet only appears in the other person's twitter feed and people who follow both of us.

RT=Retweet: rebroadcast of another person's tweet

MT=Modified Tweet: when you want to RT something but need to delete/modify a portion to add your thoughts

DM=Direct Messages: a 140-character email. Can be read only by that person. You can only DM someone who follows you. This avoids you getting spammed.

Hashtags=#: (nope, it's not a pound sign!) Hashtags make twitter searchable. They're added to chats and topics so all the tweets can be filed together for later usage. (Sometimes they're added to be funny or sarcastic or as side note to the tweet. #Ididitallforthecookie)

Hashtag Video



Twitter Chats
Twitter Chats are a great way to learn more about a particular topic. They are also a great way to dive into using Twitter.  There are a lot of people on the chats.  They are fast paced with a lot of information.  There are a huge number of educational chats that take place every week.  Some take the summer off, but most go all year round.  Here is a link to a massive list of chats. I guarantee there is one to fit your content area.
Educational Twitter Chats
How to block people on Twitter
Amazing Twitter Resources
Cybraryman's Twitter Page
Education World - Twitter for Professional Development
Educator's Technology - Twitter for Professional Development
Teach Amazing - Twitter for Professional Development - Ultra Beginner Edition
LinkedIn - Embrace Twitter for Professional Development
Twitter Cheat Sheet
Beginner's Guide to Twitter


Tech Nerd Training

Use a program like TweetDeck to easily view and manage content from multiple hashtags at one time!

Connect your Twitter account to your Facebook Page. 

  • Go to your Twitter Settings
  • ​​​Click on Apps
  • Connect to your Facebook Account
  • ​Allow posting to one of your pages