Can Twitter Make You a Better Children's Teacher?

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Presented on November 21 at JALT 2009 in Shizuoka, Japan.

Presented on November 21 at JALT 2009 in Shizuoka, Japan.

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  • 1. Can
    Make You a Better Children’s Teacher?
  • 2. I asked the teachers in my Twitter Network:
  • 3. They answered . . .
    U.K.
    U.S.
    U.A.E.
    Australia
    Norway
    Thailand
  • 4. . . . and answered . . .
    Canada
    U.K.
    Denmark
    Turkey
    Germany
    Japan
    Brazil
  • 5. . . . and answered!
    S. Korea
    U.S.
    U.S.
    Australia
    U.K.
    Japan
    Twitter is like having a 24 hour, global personal learning network.
    U.K.
  • 6. Baby Steps
    If you can text, you can tweet!
  • 7. Create a free account at twitter.com
    Choose a short username
    Never share your password
  • 8. Unless you use Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL, skip this step
  • 9. Skip Twitter’s suggestions too. You can do better.
  • 10. Create your profile
    Use a real photo
  • 11. Tell people about yourself—write a short bio
    Include key words like ‘teacher’ ‘teach’ ‘children’ ‘EFL’ and ‘Japan’
    You’ll meet more people if you don’t protect your tweets
  • 12. How do you find people to follow?
  • 13. Use a Twitter directory like
    http://wefollow.com
    Enter ‘JALT’ or ‘EFL’ here
  • 14. Find someone you know, and see who they follow.
  • 15. Ready to start?
  • 16. Check your followers. Block anyone who looks suspicious--0 followers, 0 tweets, following 1000 people. (No one knows if you block them.)
    The Internet is forever. If you wouldn’t want your mother to read it, don’t post it.
    Protect yourself from spam.
    --Avoid Twitter games and activities that ask for your password.
    --Never click on links in direct messages. (unless you know and trust the person)
  • 17. Learn the local language
    RT=Retweet When a tweet is good enough that you want to share it with your network.
    # + tag
    Hashtags are like labels. They help you search by keywords and join conversations.
    Short links.
    You only get 140 characters. Total.
    2 types of tweets
    @barbsaka (a public message or reply—everyone sees it)
    D barbsaka (a “direct” message—only I see it)
  • 18. NOW you’re ready to go!
    What can you do on Twitter, anyway?
  • 19. Find teaching resources
  • 20. Practice other languages
  • 21. Get lesson ideas
  • 22. Find pictures for flash cards
  • 23. Find new ideas for teaching
  • 24. Discover interesting blogs . . .
    . . . and know when they have been updated.
  • 25. What about tags?
    How do they help?
  • 26. Find a community of EFL teachers
    #EFL
  • 27. Join a weekly discussion with teachers from around the world.
    #edchat
  • 28. Follow your professional organization, or follow a conference.
    #jaltorg #jalt2009
  • 29. Organization is the key
    Filter information coming in
    Tag information going out
  • 30. Use tools like Twitter lists or Tweetdeck to organize messages.
    One column?
    Not so useful.
    Lists?
    Better.
  • 31. Groups make it easy to filter information
    Use the button to create groups
  • 32. Tags make it easy to organize your bookmarks, and to find them again later.
  • 33. Social bookmarks are online instead of on your computer.
    Social = Shared
    Bookmarks = Links
    Online = Always available
  • 34. Twitter can make you a better teacher because it’s the easiest way to build a powerful personal learning network.
    • live connection to teachers around the world 24 hours a day
    • 35. tools, websites, blogs, and articles come with personal recommendations
    • 36. collaboration and sharing made simple
    • 37. like having a teaching conference at your fingertips
    Come on, join the conversation!
  • 38. Visit
    http://teachingvillage.wikispaces.com
    • download this slideshow
    • 39. get links to the websites mentioned
    • 40. get more information about developing a personal learning network