Can<br /> Make You a Better Teacher?<br />
I asked the teachers in my Twitter Network:<br />
They answered . . .<br />U.K.<br />U.S.<br />U.A.E.<br />Australia<br />Norway<br />Thailand<br />
. . . and answered . . .<br />Canada<br />U.K.<br />Denmark<br />Turkey<br />Germany<br />Japan<br />Brazil<br />
. . . and answered!<br />S. Korea<br />U.S.<br />U.S.<br />Australia<br />U.K.<br />Japan<br />Twitter is like having a 24...
Baby Steps <br />If you can text, you can tweet!<br />
Create a free account at twitter.com<br />Choose a short username<br />Never share your password<br />
Unless you use Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL, skip this step<br />
Skip Twitter’s suggestions too. You can do better.<br />
Create your profile<br />Use a real photo<br />
Tell people about yourself—write a short bio<br />Include key words like ‘teacher’ ‘teach’ ‘children’ ‘EFL’ and ‘Japan’<br...
How do you find people to follow?<br />
Use a Twitter list like<br />http://twitter.com/barbsaka/starter-pln<br />You can “follow” everyone with one click<br />Or...
Ready to start? <br />
Check your followers. Block anyone who looks suspicious--0 followers, 0 tweets, following 1000 people. (No one knows if yo...
Learn the local language<br />RT=Retweet When a tweet is good enough that you want to share it with your network.<br /># +...
NOW you’re ready to go!<br />What can you do on Twitter, anyway?<br />
Find teaching resources <br />
Practice other languages<br />
Get lesson ideas<br />
Find pictures for flash cards<br />
Find new ideas for teaching<br />
Discover interesting blogs . . .<br />. . . and know when they have been updated.<br />
What about tags? <br />How do they help?<br />
Find a community of EFL teachers<br />#EFL<br />
Join a weekly discussion with teachers from around the world.<br />#ELTchat<br />
Follow your professional organization, or follow a conference.<br />#jaltorg         #jalt2009<br />
Organization is the key<br />Filter information coming in<br />Tag information going out<br />
Use tools like Twitter lists or Tweetdeck to organize messages.<br />One column?<br />Not so useful.<br />Lists?<br />Bett...
Groups make it easy to filter information<br />Use the        button to create groups<br />
Tags make it easy to organize your bookmarks, and to find them again later. <br />
Social bookmarks are online instead of on your computer.<br />Social = Shared<br />Bookmarks = Links<br />Online = Always ...
Twitter can make you a better teacher because it’s the easiest way to build a powerful personal learning network.<br /><ul...
 tools, websites, blogs, and articles come with personal recommendations
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Can twitter make you a better teacher

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

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