Twitter for Educators Eric Sheningerhttp://ericsheninger.com
Web 2.0 Defined The term Web 2.0 is associated with web applications that facilitate participatory information sharing, user-generated content, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in social media spaces as creators of content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users (consumers) are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them.
Getting Started with Twitter Sign up for a free account at twitter.com
Getting Started With Twitter Your profile is extremely important! Make sure you: 1. Add a real photo for your avatar 2. Link to a website (i.e. personal, blog, LinkedIn profile, school, etc.) 3. Include your interests in your Bio, some of which should be professional This video will guide you through creating a free account https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DroKl2o-
Profile/Bio Followers UsernameAvatarTweet Following
Getting Started With TwitterMy Bio:Principal of New Milford HS (NJ): NASSP National DigitalPrincipal Award Winner (2012), Google Certified Teacher,Adobe Education Leader, Author, SpeakerNew Milford, NJ/S.Y., NY http://ericsheninger.com
Twitter Basics Messages you send on Twitter are called “TWEETS” A tweet can only be 140 characters or less Tweets can be links to resources, status updates, asking for help or feedback, questions/answers, topics for discussion, articles, pictures, videos, announcements, etc.
The Language of Twitter@ Reply sent to a specific person, but visible to everyone.RT Re-Tweet or resending another persons tweet (similar to forwarding an email). Retweets are a very important aspect of Twitter as they allow interesting ideas, news, and resources to spread quickly.
The Language of TwitterD Direct message sent in private to a specific person. You can only direct message (DM) a person who is following you.# Hashtags allow users to designate a topic and track specific conversations. Can click on # to open up a separate window with tweets specific to a certain topic
Example of a Reply and/or Mention (@)Reply: @NMHS_Principal Hope you are doing well sir
Example of a Retweet (RT)Retweet: RT @GaryM: STEM Resources for Teachers &Students: thinkfinity.org/stem #science
Sending a Direct Message (DM)Direct message: Click here at twitter.com
Sending a Direct Message (DM)Select to send a DM Enter username message
Hashtags (#)There are #hash tagged days, events, and conversationsthat pertain to educators. Conferences will also use a # sothat participants can follow virtually.Examples: #teachertuesday: recommendations of teachers to follow #edchat: global conversation on a specific education issue voted and decided by all of us (occurs every Tuesday at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM EST)
Hashtags (#)#followfriday: recommendations of allstakeholders in education and beyond tofollow#edtech: conversations, resources, and newsrelated to educational technology#cpchat: conversations, resources, and newsrelated to principals and leadership
Examples of Tweets with HashtagsUse of case studies as a student-centered approach tolearning bit.ly/tK9vnD #edchat #cpchatThe Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom TechTools bit.ly/nRoeV6 #edtech
Twitter Help Center Visit the Twitter Help Center for detailed support https://support.twitter.com/ For the basics of Twitter visithttps://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics
Why Should Educators Use Twitter Improve Instruction Professional Growth (PLN) Free Accessible 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet of 3G connection Can use a variety of devices to access (computer, tablet, smart phone) Numerous 3rd party applications to enhance your experience
Why Use Twitter Improve instruction 1. Global collaboration 2. Sharing and acquiring resources (websites, research, current events, images, videos, lesson plans, etc.) 3. Knowledge acquisition: People are eager to answer questions because they can learn from the shared experience. Quick way to find a URL to an activity, strategy, or information. 4. Professional growth through the formation of a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
Why Use Twitter5. Quick networking: One question asked may draw responses from a host of people from all over the world. If you have a solid number of followers in your PLN, some are bound to check their Twitter feed when a query is posed6. Track conferences: Twitter can help you stay abreast of what’s going on at conferences if you can’t attend in person. If you are at a conference with numerous great sessions a twittering educator can fill you in. To avoid multitasking during an exceptional presentation you can review conference feeds later.
Reasons to Create a PLN With Twitter Search for information Reflective practice Global and local perspectives Instant feedback Showcase Newsroom Professional development Together we are better
Who Should You Follow? Authors (twitter.com/robertjmarzano) Professional Groups (twitter.com/ascd) Organizations (twitter.com/edutopia) Interests (twitter.com/nasa) Educational leaders (twitter.com/NMHS_Principal)Look at who they follow and their follows to build your PLN! Best way to begin is to “lurk and learn”
Educators Around the World are Using Twitter Check out this wiki http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com Google Doc of teachers who use Twitter https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArEWin LIvaYEdDlyTnVTV3JyX3d3QzhrRkJKd0tnc0E&hl=en#gi d=0 Twitter-Using Educators group on LinkedIn See who is using popular hashtags (#edchat, #cpchat, #edtech, #edreform)
Schools Are Using Twitterhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArEWinLIvaYEcFdxOUVRVWNkVGZJZmUxcUJwTlp6RGc&hl=en#gid=0
Access to Twitter Twitter.com Application on computer: allow you to establish categories, shorten URL’s Tweetdeck (www.tweetdeck.com) Hootsuite (hootsuite.com) Seesmic (seesmic.com) Mobile phone application SMS text message via cell phone
Twitter Best Practices As with any social networking tool, remember your role within the school community when tweeting. Use common sense and think before posting to the Internet. Anything you tweet can be accessed, adapted, and archived. Keep your personal and professional life separate
Twitter is a Powerful Web 2.0 Tool“A whole new Web is emerging from the wilds ofcyberspace. It’s no longer all about idly surfing andpassively reading, listening, or watching. It’s about doing,sharing, socializing, collaborating, and, most of allcreating.”- Business Week (September 26, 2005)
Use Twitter as your gateway to the world of Web 2.0
Resources Communicating and Connecting with Social Media (Solution Tree) http://www.solution- tree.com/products/communicating-connecting-with- social-media.html
Twitter for Educators: A Beginners Guide http://images.pcmac.org/Uploads/MCPSS/MobileCounty/ Departments/Forms/Twitter%20for%20Educators.pdf