I’m not that good at it but I still love to snow ski. My family does too. And we try to go at least once a year.

But we always run into trouble. Son wants harder slopes than the old man wants to mess with. Daughter wants steep but no bumps. Wife looks for groomed runs that let her avoid the more difficult moguls.

This is where the handy-dandy ski trail classification system becomes very useful. Green circles designate beginner level runs, blue squares equal intermediate difficulty, and black diamonds identify advanced trails.

FYI. I avoid most black diamonds. I value my knees.

But I like the system. Even on unfamiliar slopes, we all know what we’re getting into. Green. Blue. Black. Everybody can pick the level that best fits their ability and interest.

Last week, I had the opportunity to work with a great K-12 staff as they explored the possibility of using Twitter in their classrooms and as a professional development tool.

And we used the idea of Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced as a way to help teachers pick their level of engagement. Teachers new to Twitter explored the basics and advanced users felt free to began messing with things like live chats and third party apps. It worked pretty well so I figured I’d share some of those goodies here.

Feel free to pick and choose what works best for you (even if you have to grab from all three lists!) Then be sure to come back and check out all of the History Tech Twitter articles.

beginner ski

Twitter site

Twitter for Educators (pdf)
A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Twitter for Teachers
A Graphic That Summarizes Twitter for Teachers
The Honest-To-Goodness Beginner’s Guide to Twitter for Teachers
Twitter Cheat Sheet

intermediate ski

35 Interesting Ways (and tips) to Use Twitter in the Classroom
28 Simple Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
65 History Twitter Feeds to Follow
History / Social Studies Teachers to Follow
Best Tweeters to Follow
Using Twitter for Professional Development

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50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
60 Ways to Use Twitter by Category
Live Twitter chat schedule


The Complete Guide to Twitter Hashtags for Educators
Educational Twitter Hashtags Being Used Right Now
Educational Hashtag List
Most Popular Educational Hashtags to Follow

Some hashtags to explore:

So pick and choose what fits you best, helps your kids, and lets you grow professionally.