Twitter is definitely one of the best social media outlets for teachers professional development. I have written a lot on the role of Twitter in education and you can check Twitter for Teachers section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning to learn more. However, and as I always reiterate, Twitter is only powerful if you use the right tools with it. You can not tap into its full educational potential if you are not using third party tools. For instance Tweetdeck and Hootsuite are two indispensable tools for organizing your Twitter feeds and hashtags. There are also a set of other important tools that you can use with Twitter and which are included in this list.
Today am adding to that list these new web tools I recently discovered. Check them out:
Twibes is a great tool to enhance students collaboration on Twitter. It allows users to either create their own discussion groups or join existing groups to discuss topics around a particular area.
Hark is the world’s platform for sound bites, where anyone can discover, create, play and share their favorite audio moments anywhere on any device through digital embedding, or via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Using Hark you will be able to upload sound bites and add them to your Tweets.
Twijector is a free online service for webcasting tweets regarding various events. Using Twijector you will be able to create a real-time Twitter wall that you can project in your classroom . It also allows you to keep track of live tweet-streams of a particular event, hashtag or keyword.