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10 Powerful Twitter Tools for Teachers Professional Development

There is nothing that beats the power of Twitter when it comes to growing professionally using social media. I have written a lot on this topic and my master thesis is buzzing with all kinds of academic evidence that support my claim. You might be thinking why Twitter is making such a big fanfare in the world of academia. The answer is simple: it works.



related : 12 Ways to use Twitter for Professional Development

One of the powerful features I like the most about Twitter is the ease with which you can set up a PLN. With just a couple of like-minded people on your follower list and a decent  number of people whom you follow, Twitter opens up for you the boundaries of the "social mob" and thrust you into the world of informal learning with all the resulting benefits you can reap from it.

But Twitter alone can only do so much. There are instead several adjunct and third party tools that you can use to render your Tweeting experience more powerful than you can even imagine. In this regard, I have selected some of the best Twitter tools that you, teachers and educators, can use to tap into the potential of this microblogging platform and use it  for professional development purposes. Check them out below.

1- Hashtags
Though hashtags are not third party tools, still I want to make sure they are featured in this list. Hashtags allow you to created a community around a shared content. They are also a good way for you to keep track of what is being shared in  a given field of interest. I have written a detailed guided where you can find everything you need to know as a teacher in order to effectively use these symbols to grow professionally, check it out HERE and here is the best 15 educational hashtags for teachers.

2- WeFollow

With WeFollow you can search for people by interest and sort them by their Prominence Score. This ranking system lets you quickly discover, follow and learn from the most prominent people around the world.

3- Twitscoop

Twitscoop allows you to receive, send tweets, and find new friends instantly, without ever reloading your page. Search and follow what's buzzing on twitter in real-time.

4- Nearbytweets

Nearby tweets allows you to search local tweets from Twitter by location and keyword. By default it will show you tweets near your current location.

5- Tweetbeep

Tweetbeep is like Google Alerts for Twitter. It allows you to keep track of conversations that mention you,  or anything else  with hourly updates! You can even keep track of who's tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL (like bit.ly or tinyurl.com). 

6- The Tweeted Times

This is a real time personalized newspaper generated from your Twitter account. You can create a newspaper for any topic of your interest. Topical newspapers are based on streams produced by Twitter lists or Twitter search.

7- Paper.li

Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily

8- TweetDeck

This is a great Twitter app that allows users to arrange their feeds with customizable columns, use filters, schedule tweets and stay up to date.

9- HoutSuite

This is one of the most popular platforms online. It allows you to manage multiple Twitter profiles and track your tweets very easily and many more.

10- Twups

Twups is a twitter aggregator, pulling the most popular twitter topics into one place, so you can keep up to date on what is going on in the world, via twitter

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