Kurtis Hewson Faculty Associate University of Lethbridge @hewsonk27Twitter for Educators:Why Start Now? Education Undergraduate Society
Additional Resources• http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com – Related additional resources and further information• Twitter for Pre-Service Teachers – Scoop.It page with resources, videos and other things related to Twitter
Essential Questions• Why start now?• How do I start an account?• What are some basic terms/features to know• What are some general Twitiquette rules to be aware of?• What are hashtags?• What are chats?• What are Twitter Clients?
Why Start Now• Establish a network (PLN) of other educators and supports prior to entering your first classroom• Find information fast and keep current of trends and resources• Develop and strengthen technology skills• Network – open doors to connections and possible contacts
Why Twitter? Sharing from Tweeters in the room…
Starting an Account• Go to http://twitter.com• Consider: • Choose your name wisely – consider your “brand” for a uniform on-line presence • Complete your profile, including a blog address • Include profile details that will be informative to other professionals and capture you as a professional • Begin tweeting and following others
Some basicsRT – Retweet (passing alongsomeone else’s tweet) – shares with @ – Reply (references the initial authoran increasing circle of followers or directly sends the tweet to another user (but seen by all followers) # – Hashtag (posts the tweet on a list that many more people may follow) – distributes the tweet to a larger, often particular audienceShortened URL – used to shorten longurl’s (Twitter Clients do this automatically, Direct Message – same as an emailor go to https://bitly.com) to a Twitter follower – only seen by the message recipient
Twitiquette• Post – share thoughts, resources, other people to follow…but no need to share every detail of your life• Thank you to those that follow you• Block spam• Consider who views your posts…• Ask for who to follow
Hashtags• Great way to follow a topic or get a tweet out to a wider audience• Will begin to observe frequently used or useful hashtags – #abed, #edchat, #uleth• Great for creating a conversation/backchannel• Used for chats
Chats• Utilize hashtags• Formal chats scheduled on pre-determined topics (list on the blog)• Can view past chats online• Can “participate” or just observe• #ntchat – Wednesday, 6 pm MST• Establish your own chats
Twitter Clients• Make it easy to utilize Twitter on your desktop or mobile device• View multiple social media platforms
Questions and Further Support• Questions??• http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com• Follow me @hewsonk27• List of U of L Education students – @hewsonk27/u-of-l-education-students
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