Twitter for educators a tutorial for beginners 030513


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Twitter for educators a tutorial for beginners 030513

  1. 1. Twitter for educators: A tutorial for beginners Dan Krutka, PhD Wichita State University @WSUSocStudies Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  2. 2. Getting startedStart by going to and enter your name, a valid e-mail address, and a password you can remember:Once you have signed up for Twitter it will take you to the next page… Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  3. 3. This page will verify that your information. Ideally, your username should be short, easy to remember, and reflect your purpose for using Twitter. I chose “WSUSocStudies” because I created my account to use with my Wichita Statestudents and colleagues. You can change your username later. Below is a screenshot of an account I created for my mom… we’ll see if she ever uses it: Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  4. 4. If you check the option to “tailor twitter based on my recent website visits” then Twitter will make recommendations based on users who visit similar sites. You should choose whether you prefer more privacy or a more personalized Twitter experience. I recommend that you that you skip the next couple steps where Twitter encourages you to find users to follow. This is an important step, but there are better ways to do this.If you choose to skip past the rest of theTwitter set up then just type into your URL and youshould be able to get started. (You shouldstill be logged in, but if not, you will have tore-log in). One simple way to find educatorsto follow is to look at who other educatorsfollow or start following #hashtags like#edchat (education), #sschat (socialstudies), & more. Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  5. 5. Add a profile and header picture! No one likes an egghead on Twitter. They’re usually associated with Spam! You may want to avoid/block accounts with thedefault egg picture. Also, never open links from strangers or suspicious messages from friends. Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  6. 6. Also update your profile with other pertinent information. This can be changed at any time. This image (left) is an example of what your profile should look like once you’ve added a profile picture and header. Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  7. 7. You will likely want to change your e-mail notifications so you do not receive a flood of Twitter-related messages to your inbox: Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  8. 8. You should be ready to use Twitter now! Here is what yourTwitter feed should look like once you are following others: Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  9. 9. It is important to be professional in all tweets because they are public. If you are planning to use Twitter professionally then you should not make your accountprivate. This prevents you from using Twitter to connect with others. Private Direct Messages (DMs) can be sent between two twitter users who follow each other: Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  10. 10. A wise poster on Twitter once tweeted to me, “Twitter is like a waterfall. Stickout your cup and fill it, but don’t worry if you don’t get it all.” You may leave Twitter for a few days at a time, but you do not want to miss tweets directed at you. You can check the interactions tab to ensure this does not happen: Daniel G. Krutka | 2013
  11. 11. When you first begin Twitter you will have few followers to send your tweets. If you hope to connect to the larger community then you must use hashtags (e.g., #edchat, #sschat,#engchat, #mathchat, #scichat, #elemchat, etc.) to broaden your audience and grown yourpersonal learning network (PLN). Your ability to grow your PLN and use Twitter effectively will be enhanced when you post insightful comments and/or good resources like this:Hopefully by this point you understand that Twitter is much more than narcissistic microbits of blabber like this: (My mom did not really post this!) Many educators use Twitter to find, share, support, and collaborate in ways they never thought possible previously! Use the tabs on to learn more! Daniel G. Krutka | 2013