Tweet 2 Ms E. GregorySchool District #74 (Gold Trail) November 2012
Learning Intentions• To learn how Twitter can be used: – As a communication tool – For professional development• To explore Twitter• The Shape of the Workshop…
We’ll start with a shout out• A shout out is when you ask others to say hi and tell where they’re from – Sometimes a simple question too• A good way to show how it works – Can show the power of the personal learning network (PLN), and, – shows the reach of a one Tweet
What is Twitter?• A social networking & microblogging service,• Allows users to send & read messages called ‘Tweets’, – maximum 140 characters,• Based in San Francisco,• Started in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey as a way to communicate within a company,• Users worldwide (500+ million),• 340 million Tweets a day,• Powerful way to search too.
Why Tweet?• Efficient communication tool – Real-time as events happen • tsunami - Haida Gwaii • current events, elections, storms• Powerful professional development – Learn anytime – Find resources – Follow conference tweets - #iste, #nwmc12• Connect with like-minded people!
Speciﬁcally educators...• Role modeling to other staff and students• Show people you’re a learner• Number of educators, in particular, administrators, who are very active social media users is increasing• Become part of the conversation!
How does it work?1. Sign up,2. Fill out your proﬁle with purpose (the world can see!), – Important if you want people to follow you, starts building trust – Link to your blog or website3. Add a photo or avatar (think personal branding),4. Send out some tweets,5. Find some people to follow – Choose wisely!
Some basics• Think before you tweet – anyone can see it!• To send a tweet to someone, put @ in front of their twitter name or click reply• To send a message only to someone who follows you, use D and a space or click direct message – These are private – You or the other person can delete them
More basics• To retweet is to send out someone else’s tweet crediting them by the RT: in front (or click retweet) – A way to spread information• Can block/report spammers or people you don’t want to follow you – they can still see your tweets• If hacked, strange DMs sent from your account (after clicking links sent to you) – change your password
Who to Follow? Cybrarymans PLN Stars Wefollow.com• Start with a purpose, that will determine who you follow – Professional? – Personal?• Start by following a few people you know/trust• See who they follow• Use other’s lists to help
Twitter Clients• Alternative to the Twitter site itself• Real time updates• Designed to manage your feeds• Apps for mobile too• Tweetdeck• Seismic• Hootsuite• Twhirl
Hashtags• Popular Education Hashtags• Type # and then word/abbreviation• Created as a way to categorize messages• Filter your twitter feed (#edchat)• Search for information (#canucks)• Follow pro-d events (#bcsd74tech)• Great way to ﬁnd people to follow – ‘Follow Fridays’ #FF
Helpful sites:• The Twitteraholics Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all other things Twitter• twitter4teachers• Why Educators Should Be Using Twitter• Twitter Handbook for Teachers
From my viewpoint• Transformed recent conference experience• Blown my professional mindset wide open• I don’t feel isolated anymore• Helps me be a better teacher & a better mom• It takes time, try to get following 100 people or send 100 tweets before calling it quits
Thank yous & References• My PLN, especially @gcouros & @remi_collins• https://twitter.com/logo• Wikipedia• http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/mﬁlej/ 2397881577/• One on One with Jack Dorsey accessed May 10 http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/ democonference/4991585134/• http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/stevegarﬁeld/ 4247757731/• http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/keiya/ 3255575238/