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    • Christchurch New Zealand October 2009 Integrating new technologies to empower learning and transform leadership Friday, 2 October 2009
    • TWITTER FOR TEACHERS What is Twitter and why should teachers care? Integrating new technologies to empower learning and transform leadership Friday, 2 October 2009
    • “Watching from the outside, Twitter is like the dumbest thing you’ve heard of: “Why would anyone want to tell others what they are doing in 140 characters?” And yet to dismiss Twitter is a mistake because it’s an incredibly powerful tool for your personal learning and connecting with others.” (Sue Waters, http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/twitter, @suewaters Original quote: Alan Levine) Friday, 2 October 2009
    • Friday, 2 October 2009
    • WHAT IS TWITTER? The guys at Common Craft explain it for us. Friday, 2 October 2009
    • Friday, 2 October 2009
    • WHO TWEETS? Friday, 2 October 2009
    • Friday, 2 October 2009
    • SURVEY survey conducted over 3 days via twitter beginning June 2009 - 85 people responded from all over the world. Friday, 2 October 2009
    • LENGTH OF TIME TWEETING 2+ Years 21% 21% 1-2 Years 6-12 mths 0-6 mths 14% 44% Friday, 2 October 2009
    • TWEETERS BY OCCUPATION Classroom Teachers ICT Facilitators (some also tchr) 8% Librarians or Library Specialists Senior Management 7% Other 4% 42% 39% Friday, 2 October 2009
    • FOUR KEY QUESTIONS • What are the top 3-5 reasons you tweet? • How has Twitter helped you professionally? • What sage advice do you have for educators wanting to tweet? • Who would be the top 5 people you’d recommend others to follow? Friday, 2 October 2009
    • WHY TWEET? •Connection •Collaboration •Collegiality •Information •Fun Friday, 2 October 2009
    • TO CONNECT Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Connection for isolated people • Link with people in NZ & (location/job) around world with similar interests/global connection • Degrees of separation • Participate in conversations • Personal Learning Network with other educators • Keep my thinking fresh by • World-wide group of people extending my prof. network & to bounce ideas off interacting with people I would not normally have the chance • Other teachers/educators have to connect with same vision for enhancing teaching/learning in their • Participating in global classrooms conversations Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Connection for isolated people • Link with people in NZ & (location/job) around world with similar Keep my thinking fresh by interests/global connection • Degrees of separation • extending my Participate in conversationsprofessional • Personal Learning Network with other educators network & interacting with by • Keep my thinking fresh • World-wide group of people people I would not normally & to bounce ideas off extending my prof. network interacting with people I would have the chancenot normally have the chance • Other teachers/educators have to connect to connect with with same vision for enhancing teaching/learning in their • Participating in global classrooms conversations Friday, 2 October 2009
    • COLLABORATION & COLLEGIALITY Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Discussions, • Coffeeconversations controversies, new with e-colleagues thinking • Establish connections • Putting concerns into a with other teachers global/better context • Real-time conversations • Sharing victories and disasters/low points • 24/7 access to collaborators • Support when looking for new ideas • Building connections Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Discussions, • Coffeeconversations controversies, new with e-colleagues thinking • Establish connections • Putting concerns into a with other teachers global/better context Real-time conversations • Real-time conversations • Sharing victories and disasters/low points • 24/7 access to collaborators • Support when looking for new ideas • Building connections Friday, 2 October 2009
    • INFORMATION Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Finding/making • Asking and answering recommendations questions • Problem solving • Sharing tips and resources • Sharing own & others blogs • What’s the latest ICT trend • Publicising own blog posts • Staying up-to-date • Creating wider • Online PD audience for class blogs 1/2 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Finding/making • Asking and answering recommendations questions • Problem solving • Sharing tips and resources • Sharing own & others Creating wider audience blogs • What’s the latest ICT for class blogs trend • Publicising own blog posts • Staying up-to-date • Creating wider • Online PD audience for class blogs 1/2 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Keep up to date with what’s happening in the world • Snap-shot of what is happening in life right now • Breaking news - Mumbai/Plane in the Hudson • Keep in touch with what is happening in the outside world - especially important for people free-lancing 2/2 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Keep up to date with what’s happening in the world Snap-shot of whatright now • Snap-shot of what is happening in life is happening in life right • Breaking news - Mumbai/Plane in the Hudson now with what is happening in the • Keep in touch outside world - especially important for people free-lancing 2/2 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • SOCIAL/FUN REASONS Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Quizzes • Personal - friends & • Planning fun stuff like family Flash Mob @ • Personal interests & conference hobbies • Games • Sharing memorable and • General chit-chat humorous events • Interest, curiosity, new • Comedy acts - Stephen Fry! things Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Quizzes • Personal - friends & • Planning fun stuff like family Flash Mob @ • Personal interests & conference hobbies Interest, curiosity, new things • Games • Sharing memorable and • General chit-chat humorous events • Interest, curiosity, new • Comedy acts - Stephen Fry! things Friday, 2 October 2009
    • HOW DOES IT HELP ME PROFESSIONALLY? Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Keeps me in touch with the outstanding role models in our (global) education system • Participate to tear down Able in ‘unofficial’ PD the walls of my classroom & give my • Difficult to find funds to attend prof. dev. students a chance topeers to learn workshops - depend on Twitter & connect and grow people around the with world down the walls of my classroom & • Able to tear give my students a chance to connect with people around the world 1/4 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Find information & resources to use with students & colleagues • Connected to a wide range of people who are at the cutting edge of education • True networking with teachers around the world • Allowed us to restructure our classes to take advantage of Web 2.0 • Given me a PLN which I wouldn’t otherwise have 2/4 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Find information & resources to use with students & colleagues • Connected to a wide range of people who are at the Connected to a wide range cutting edge of education of people who arearound the world • True networking with teachers at the cutting edge of education • Allowed us to restructure our classes to take advantage of Web 2.0 • Given me a PLN which I wouldn’t otherwise have 2/4 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • I’ve ‘stolen’ and used many ideas in the curriculum or own personal life; made friends; shared my own ideas; collaborated with others; reflected on my own practice and more • Twitter provides hands on tech support - questions are ALWAYS answered • Got a job through Twitter - contacts etc • Relationships with people normally unavailable - Derek Wenmouth, Wes Fryer, David Warlick, Tony Ryan etc 3/4 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • I’ve ‘stolen’ and used many ideas in the curriculum or own personal life; made friends; shared my own ideas;‘stolen’ and others; reflected on my I’ve collaborated with used many ideas own practice and more in the curriculum or own personal • Twitter provides hands on tech support - questions life; made friends; shared my own are ALWAYS answered ideas; collaborated with others; • Got a job through my own practice and reflected on Twitter - contacts etc more • Relationships with people normally unavailable - Derek Wenmouth, Wes Fryer, David Warlick, Tony Ryan etc 3/4 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Introduced me to a wide range of e-learning specialists from different disciplines & educational systems • Has grown my PLN, challenged my thinking & ideas about education & specifically the impact of e- learning on pedagogy & student learning • First place I go to when I have a problem or need inspiration • No. 1 tool for prof. dev. 4/4 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Introduced me to a wide range of e-learning specialists from different disciplines & educational systems • Has grown my PLN, challenged my thinking & ideas First place&Ispecificallywhen I have about education go to the impact of e- a problem or need inspiration learning on pedagogy & student learning • First place I go to when I have a problem or need inspiration • No. 1 tool for prof. dev. 4/4 Friday, 2 October 2009
    • WHO SHOULD I FOLLOW besides me ... @kiwijoe90 ... the people surveyed came up with 162 people - here are the top 14 names ... Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • @allanahk • @coolcatteacher • @teachernz • @dajbelshaw • @tombarrett • @larryferlazzo • @suewaters • @betchaboy • @wfryer • @dorothyjburt • @willrich45 • @jutecht • @angelamaiers • @mscofino Friday, 2 October 2009
    • ADVICE FOR NEWBIES from newbies Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Have fun • Have a code of conduct for yourself • Don’t try to follow too many people • Enjoy the spirit of the community • Find strong people to follow • Don’t quit • Get involved • Make connections with people with similar • Just start interests • Connect with educators • Lurk/Listen/Question Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Have fun • Have a code of conduct for yourself • Don’t try to follow too many people • Enjoy the spirit of the Make connections with • Find strong people to community people with • Don’t quit follow similar • Get interests involved • Make connections with people with similar • Just start interests • Connect with educators • Lurk/Listen/Question Friday, 2 October 2009
    • ADVICE FOR NEWBIES from old hands Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Tweet your lesson ideas • Beeclectic in your mix of people you follow • Add web link & some info about you in your • Findsomeone you bio know/trust to follow first - then follow • Give yourself time to people they follow develop connections • Remember what you • Use a Twitter client say stays online! • Follow many people • Jump in & connect Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Tweet your lesson ideas • Beeclectic in your mix of people you follow • Add web link & some info about you in your • Find someone you bio know/trust to follow Give yourselffirst - then to time follow • Give yourself time to develop connections people they follow develop connections • Remember what you • Use a Twitter client say stays online! • Follow many people • Jump in & connect Friday, 2 October 2009
    • FINAL WORDS Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Don’t worry if people don’t follow you back • Don’t worry if it takes a long time to ‘get’ - just about everyone says that • Visit the Blogger’s Cafes at conferences to meet up with people • It can be addictive • Persevere • Join the conversations • 140 characters leads to tight, focussed writing/thinking Poem Next Friday, 2 October 2009
    • • Don’t worry if people don’t follow you back • Don’t worry if it takes a long time to ‘get’ - just about everyone says that • Visit140 characters leadsup with the Blogger’s Cafes at conferences to meet to people tight, focussed writing/ • It can be addictive thinking • Persevere • Join the conversations • 140 characters leads to tight, focussed writing/thinking Poem Next Friday, 2 October 2009
    • I Dream in Twitter (listen to the podcast http://www.box.net/shared/static/ gqkaej08ww.mp3) I dream in Twitter in 140 characters that cut off my thoughts before they are complete and then I wonder, why 140? Ten more letters would serve me right as I write about what I am doing at that moment in time, connecting across the world with so many others shackled by 140 characters, too, and I remain amazed at how deep the brevity can be. Friday, 2 October 2009
    • I find it unsettling to eavesdrop on conversations between two when you can only read one and it startles me to think that someone else out there has put their ear to my words and wondered the same about me. Whose eyes are watching? Twitter is both an expanding universe of tentacles and hyperlinks that draw you in with knowledge and experience and a shrinking neighborhood of similar voices, echoing out your name in comfortable silence. Friday, 2 October 2009
    • I dream in Twitter in 140 characters, and that is what I am doing right at this moment by Kevin - @dogtrax Friday, 2 October 2009
    • http://twitter.com @kiwijoe90 http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com/ Friday, 2 October 2009