I have had several teachers how they can have their students tweet without having a Twitter account. I highly encourage teachers to have a class twitter account and a class hashtag. Here is how to use the class Twitter account.
Provide a window into your classroom by posting pictures of your class and class activities. Blur out the faces of students whose parents do not want their child’s pictures on social media. I recommend posting at least 5 pictures throughout the day.
When your students ask questions, post those to the class Twitter account. Use the class hashtag.
One thing that is great about Twitter is that the stream of tweets you see is only the people you follow (plus some ads). If you’re judicious about who your class Twitter account follows, it would be safe to project the class Twitter stream. I recommend following @USGS which tweets some great pictures and news facts that are appropriate for schools. Also find other classes that are in your same grade level to follow.
Additionally here are some people on Twitter who you should probably NOT follow since their tweets are not aimed at school-aged children, but who are experts in their field. They might be good to ask questions of or invite to Google Hangout to answer student questions. http://tinyurl.com/tweetexperts Please add people to the list who you know might be good for students to tweet questions to.
Most likely you are not going to have your students create Twitter accounts to tweet from class. Instead, use the class Twitter account to allow students to tweet. Do NOT give the students the class Twitter account password. Instead, I created this spreadsheet to facilitate tweeting.
Change the sharing to allow your students to edit. Link to the spreadsheet within your LMS or in the “About” tab in Google Classroom.
Students would add their tweets to the collaborative spreadsheet into column A. The number of characters (Tweets have a 140 character limit) and a link to create the tweet. The hashtag is automagically attached to the tweet.
Using the spreadsheet allows the students to actually compose the tweet. However, you approve the tweet before it is sent out.
Be Logged Into Class Twitter Account
Make sure you are logged into the class Twitter account when you click on the blue link.