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  • 1. a powerful collaboration tool for teacherstwitter eric langhorst @elanghorst
  • 2. I use Twitter often and findit a very useful tool
  • 3. I use Twitter I have a Twitter often and find account butit a very useful don’t use it tool much
  • 4. I use Twitter I have a Twitter often and find account butit a very useful don’t use it tool much I don’tcurrently use Twitter butopen to learn
  • 5. I use Twitter I have a Twitter often and find account butit a very useful don’t use it tool much I don’t Twitter is acurrently use waste of time, Twitter but other sessionsopen to learn were full
  • 6. Twitter is about more than just what you ate for breakfast…
  • 7. American History TeacherSouth Valley Jr. High SchoolLiberty, Missouri Faculty – Park University College of Education “Technology for the Classroom”Currently writing dissertationDoctor of EducationWalden University
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  • 9. you can send yourself an e-mail to be delivered in the future as a reminder
  • 10. What is social media?Forms of electronic communication (as websites for social networking andmicroblogging) through which users createonline communities to share information,ideas, personal messages and other content(as videos) - Merriam Webster, 2011
  • 11. power of social media is that it is a two way street consumer producer
  • 12. social media in the news Netflix Backlash Arab Spring
  • 13. Twittersocial networking site which allowsusers to share messages, limited to140 characters at a timeLaunched in July of 2006, namedafter the sound a bird makes chirping
  • 14. 200 million registered users 350 million tweets a day100 million active users each month
  • 15. Great statistics but can this help me as a classroom teacher? YES
  • 16. tweet vocabulary replyhashtags tweetchats retweet follow follower direct message
  • 17. tweeta posting which can be text, a link toa website, a photo or combination –140 character limit
  • 18. followwhen you “follow” someone you canview their tweetsfollowerswhen someone “follows” you theycan see all of your tweets
  • 19. replyansweringsomeone’stweet,including theirTwitter name,everyone cansee
  • 20. direct messagesending someone a message, onlythat person can see, they must befollowing youa little likesending ane-mail tosomeone
  • 21. retweetpassing along someone else’s tweetto your followers – passing alonggood information
  • 22. So, how do you keep up with all these tweets?
  • 23. The river will flow, with or without you watching it.
  • 24. Need a way to “trap” the information that is important to you.
  • 25. hashtagsallows you to find specific themesor topics, people include hashtagswithin their tweets#royals#historyteacher#election2012
  • 26. You can check out tweets from this conference by checking hashtag: #mosocialstudies2012 and follow MCSS: @mosocialstudies
  • 27. chatsa scheduled time at which Twitterfollowers discuss a common themeand use a common hashtagcan participate live or check in laterwith the archive
  • 28. anyone can follow the chatconversation if they do a search forthe same hashtag #sschat#sschat (social studies chat) takesplace each Monday between 6:00PM and 7:00 PM Central Time
  • 29. chats are archived so one can participate live (synchronous learning) or view the archive when they can (asynchronous learning)
  • 30. archive of January 9, 2012 social studies chat current events in social studies
  • 31. once you have a Twitter account you can use other applications to customize the information and organize it how you want
  • 32. TweetDeck
  • 33. HootSuite
  • 34. many apps are available for tablets, i-Pads, cell phones
  • 35. examples
  • 36. examples
  • 37. examples
  • 38. examplessurprising what can happen whenyou share your lesson for the day different than e-mail because not an expectation for a response
  • 39. finding people to follow- lurk and see who is talking abouttopics which interest you- check out chats- check follow listsof others
  • 40. cultivate your followers
  • 41. next steps be a lurker, don’t need an account
  • 42. next steps- set up an account, use with friendsand not just celebrities
  • 43. a powerful collaboration tool for teacherstwitter eric langhorst @elanghorst