Twitter for Educators: Why Start Now

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Twitter for Educators: Why Start Now

  1. 1. Twitter for Educators: Why Start Now? Education Undergraduate Society February 6, 2012 Kurtis Hewson Faculty Associate University of Lethbridge @hewsonk27
  2. 2. Additional Resources <ul><li>http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For each slide, related additional resources and further information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter for Pre-Service Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoop.It page with resources, videos and other things related to Twitter </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Essential Questions <ul><li>Why start now? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I start an account? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some basic terms/features to know </li></ul><ul><li>What are some general Twitiquette rules to be aware of? </li></ul><ul><li>What are hashtags? </li></ul><ul><li>What are chats? </li></ul><ul><li>What are Twitter Clients? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Start Now <ul><li>Establish a network of other educators and supports prior to entering your first classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Find information fast and keep current of trends and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and strengthen technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>Network – open doors to connections and possible contacts </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Start Now Sharing from Tweeters in the room…
  6. 6. Starting an Account <ul><li>Go to http://twitter.com </li></ul><ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose your name wisely – consider your “brand” for a uniform on-line presence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete your profile, including a blog address </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include profile details that will be informative to other professionals and capture you as a professional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin tweeting and following others </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Some basics RT – Retweet (passing along someone else’s tweet) – shares with an increasing circle of followers @ – Reply (references the initial author or directly sends the tweet to another user (but seen by all followers) Shortened URL – used to shorten long url’s (Twitter Clients do this automatically, or go to https://bitly.com # – Hashtag (posts the tweet on a list that many more people may follow) – distributes the tweet to a larger, often particular audience Direct Message – same as an email to a Twitter follower – only seen by the message recipient
  8. 8. Twitiquette <ul><li>Post – share thoughts, resources, other people to follow…but no need to share every detail of your life </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you to those that follow you </li></ul><ul><li>Block spam </li></ul><ul><li>Consider who views your posts… </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for who to follow </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hashtags <ul><li>Great way to follow a topic or get a tweet out to a wider audience </li></ul><ul><li>Will begin to observe frequently used or useful hashtags </li></ul><ul><ul><li>#abed, #edchat, #uleth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great for creating a conversation/backchannel </li></ul><ul><li>Used for chats </li></ul>
  10. 10. Chats <ul><li>Utilize hashtags </li></ul><ul><li>Formal chats scheduled on pre-determined topics (list on the blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Can view past chats online </li></ul><ul><li>Can “participate” or just observe </li></ul><ul><li>Establish your own chats </li></ul>
  11. 11. Twitter Clients <ul><li>Make it easy to utilize Twitter on your desktop or mobile device </li></ul><ul><li>View multiple social media platforms </li></ul>
  12. 12. Questions and Further Support <ul><li>Questions?? </li></ul><ul><li>http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Follow me @hewsonk27 </li></ul><ul><li>List of U of L Education students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@hewsonk27/u-of-l-education-students </li></ul></ul>

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