Basics of Twitter


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This PowerPoint explores the basics of Twitter and why it is a valuable education tool. You will learn what a hashtags and mentions are, as well as how to shorten links to fit inside the 140 character limit of a tweet. We will talk about how to find people to follow and how to help people find you on Twitter.

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  • Thank you, Nell and the Literacy Assistance Center for providing some time to share news from the Literacy Information and Communication System (or LINCS for short). For those of you who are unfamiliar with LINCS, LINCS is a professional development website funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).>Next slide.
  • Accessible at, LINCS is comprised of four parts. An online resource collection that contains over 560 online and free high-quality, evidence-based materials in 16 topic areas within adult education, vetted by experts in the field.An online community of practice with over 10,000 members that features 16 discussion groups moderated by subject matter experts.An online learning portal that houses free, self-paced interactive courses developed specifically for the adult education field from OVAE initiatives. Current course topics include: Adult Career Pathways, teaching English as a second language, Learning to Achieve (which focuses on teaching learners with disabilities), technology, and science.And four regional professional development centers who work with states to offer high-quality, evidence-based materials and professional development opportunities both in-person and online to adult educators at the regional and local levels in a wide variety of topic areas. Teachers can contact their region’s RPDC director to discuss the possibility of bringing professional development to their state.>Next slide.
  • I want to take a few moments to dive deeper into the LINCS Learning Portal to take a look at a recently launched online course that aligns with the webinar series.The Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom course is designed for instructors who are at the beginner/intermediate level of technology integration in the classroom. It is available on the LINCS Learning Portal, along with additional online courses from several other OVAE initiatives, in topics including English as a second language, adult career pathways, Learning to Achieve, science, and more.The free, self-paced online course discusses why technology is important for teaching and learning, how instructors approach integrating technology, and what tools instructors can use to integrate technology. Throughout the course, you will learn about examples of adult education instructors’ personal experiences in integrating technology. In a culminating activity, you will create a Technology Integration Action Plan for a unit or lesson that you select for use with your own adult learners. Now that you have gained knowledge on how to use [Twitter, Pinterest, QR Codes], this online course can help you think through how to apply the technology tool in the classroom. You also will have the opportunity to interact with the LINCS Community throughout this online course. The course takes an estimated four hours to complete and participants receive a certificate upon completion.[Demonstrate navigating through the course through the LINCS Learning Portal.]
  • We hope that you will take advantage of all LINCS has to offer. Join the community; take an online course; search the resource collection, and follow us on social media via Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.We hope to see you on LINCS!
  • Basics of Twitter

    1. 1. Hashtags, Retweets, and 140 Characters: Finding Meaning in Twitter Nell Eckersley
    2. 2. Agenda • • • • • • What is Twitter? Why Tweet? Basics of Twitter Finding People to Follow Sending and Receiving Tweets Helpful tools 2
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    4. 4. Why Tweet? How do you get information? You Search for it • Magazines/Newspapers • Books • Google • Google Image • YouTube • Wikipedia • Amazon Sent to You • Magazines/Newspapers • Email • Google Alerts • RSS Feed • Saved searches • Facebook • LINCS Group 4
    5. 5. Why Tweet? 5
    6. 6. Why Tweet? • Information is sent to me • I decide who to follow and un-follow • Twitter is a one way street • Constant feed of the tweets from the people I follow waiting for me • Search by hashtag, keyword, list • Follow organizations 6
    7. 7. What Can You Say in 140 Characters? 7
    8. 8. Basics of Twitter • Retweeting • Hashtags • Shortening Links for Tweets (and other purposes) 8
    9. 9. Basics of Twitter • Retweeting: RT @Twittername • Hashtags: #word #AdultEd 9
    10. 10. Shortened Links • -your-school-for-an (73 characters) • (13 characters)
    11. 11. Anatomy of a Good Tweet Tips • Include hashtags in content of tweet • Include shortened links to more information • Write a headline, leave out unnecessary words, but try not to use texting shorthand • Use common abbreviations 11
    12. 12. Shortening Links for Your Tweets You can use BitLy to shorten URL’s without creating an account 12
    13. 13. Customizing Your Shortened URL But if you create an account on, you can customize your shortened URLS Go from to 13
    14. 14. Analytics With an account you can also track how many times the URL you created has been clicked. 14
    15. 15. QR Code And with or without an account you can make any of the shortened URLS into a QR Code by adding .qr at the end 15
    16. 16. Finding People to Follow • Search on for people, keywords or hashtags even if you don’t have a Twitter account Once you have a Twitter Account • Search hashtags and words #AdultEd • See who follows the people you follow 16
    17. 17. People to Follow • • • • • • • • @LACNYCnell @otan @flatechgirl @Edudemic @Larryferlazzo @JoyceHinkson @ChipCarlin @DrSarahEaton • • • • • • • @LINCS_ED @usedgov @Education_AIR @WorldEdUS @web20classroom @ShellTerrell @mcleod @ReadWriteAct • @NCLAdvocacy 17
    18. 18. Sending and Receiving Tweets • • Texts via your cell phone • Applications on computers, tablets & smart phones o HootSuite 18
    19. 19. HootSuite 19
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    23. 23. What to Do Right Now? Before you create a Twitter account on • Think of a good Twitter handle (short, easy) • Find five people to follow and write down their Twitter handles Search for people using #AdultEd #EdTech o Search for your favorite hobby, writer, singer, actor o 23
    24. 24. What to Do in the Next Few Weeks • Create your Twitter accoutn or log into your exitsing twitter account • Retweet one tweet and create one of your own tweets. Remember to use hashtags • Spend 15 minutes on Twitter every morning o o o reading retweeting following new people • Try HootSuite or receiving tweets as sms text messages 24
    25. 25. Nell Eckersley • @LACNYCNell • • 25
    26. 26. Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) LINCS provides you with the information, resources, professional development activities, and online network you need to enhance your practice and ensure your adult students receive high-quality learning opportunities. LINCS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education. It is comprised of the Resource Collection, managed by Kratos Learning, the Regional Professional Development Centers, and the Technical Contractor, Quotient, Inc. 26
    27. 27. LINCS Makes a Difference How can LINCS help you with your work? It offers:  A Resource Collection containing high-quality, evidencebased materials in 16 topic areas;  An online Community of Practice where you can share and collaborate with your peers;  A Learning Portal where you can engage in self-paced and facilitated professional development courses; and  Four Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs) that deploy evidenced-based PD trainings to states. For a video overview of LINCS, visit: 27
    28. 28. LINCS Technology Online Course  Title: Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom  Free, self-paced online course  Completion time: ~ 4 hours  Certificate received upon completion  Course accessible through the LINCS Learning Portal: 28
    29. 29. Don’t Miss a Beat; Connect with LINCS  Join the Community:  Access the Learning Portal:  Search the Resource Collection:  Follow the latest updates: @LINCS_ED  Join our professional group: LINCS_ED  Watch webinar archives and more: LincsEd 29