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A short pro-d workshop I did for colleagues in district on use of Twitter in the field of education.

A short pro-d workshop I did for colleagues in district on use of Twitter in the field of education.



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    • Tweet
      Ms E. Gregory
      School District #74 (Gold Trail)
      April 2011
    • Learning Intentions
      To learn how social media can be used:
      As a communication tool
      For professional development
      To learn about social media in the context of digital citizenship
      To explore Twitter
      To ask questions!
      The Shape of the Workshop…
    • Start with a shout out
      A good way to illustrate Twitter as a communication tool
      Can show the power of the personal learning network (PLN) and the reach of a simple tweet
      A shout out is when you ask others to say hi and tell where they’re from
      Sometimes a simple question is asked too
    • What is Twitter?
      A social networking and microblogging service
      Allows users to send and read messages called ‘tweets’
      140 characters
      Based in San Francisco
      Started in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey as a way to communicate within a company
      Users worldwide (~200 million)
      65 million tweets a day
      800 000 searches per day
      Replacing (?) Google as a way to search
    • Why sign up?
      Practical, efficient communication tool
      A major way to find out what’s happening
      Death of Bin Laden
      Canadian Election #elxn41
      Practical, powerful professional development
      Learn anytime
      Good way to find resources
      Follow conference tweets #edtechbc, #iste, #itsummit
      Great way to connect with like-minded people
    • What about teachers/administrators?
      Role modeling to other staff and students
      Show people you’re a learner
      More and more educators, in particular, administrators, who are very active social media users
      Become part of the conversation!
    • How does it work?
      Sign up
      Fill out your profile with purpose (the world can see!)
      Important if you want people to follow you, it’s the start of the trust building
      Link to your blog or website
      Add a photo or avatar (think personal branding)
      Start by sending out some tweets!
      Find some people you’d like to follow
      Choose with purpose
    • Some basics
      Think before you tweet
      anyone can see it!
      To send a tweet to someone specific, 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 form of flattery and a way to spread information
      Can block and report spammers or people you don’t want to have access to you on twitter (they can still see your tweets)
    • Who to Follow?
      Cybraryman'sPLN Stars
      Start with a purpose, that will determine who you follow
      You can start by following a few people you know/trust
      Then see who they follow
      Use others lists to help you too
    • Twitter Clients
      Much easier to use than the Twitter site itself
      Real time updates
      Designed to manage your feeds
    • Hashtags
      Popular Education Hashtags
      Type a # and then a word to create
      used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet
      created as a way to categorize messages
      to filter your twitter feed (#edchat)
      to search for information (#canucks)
      Good way to follow pro-d events
      #bcssa, #edtechbc
      Great way to find people to follow on ‘Follow Fridays #FF
    • Helpful sites:
      A Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter
      Why Educators Should Be Using Twitter
      Twitter Handbook for Teachers
      Twitter for Teachers
    • From my viewpoint
      Transformed recent conference experience
      Blown my professional mindset wide open
      I don’t feel isolated anymore
      Enhancing personal/professional relationships
      Helps me be a better teacher & a better mom
      It takes time, try to get following 100 people or send 100 tweets
    • Thank yous & References
      My PLN, especially @gcouros & @remi_collins
      M. Munroe for organizing
      One on One with Jack Dorsey accessed May 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/democonference/4991585134/