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  • [twitter] I am giving a twitter teacher workshop @ #edweek2010. Please say hallo and where u are from [/twitter]
  • [twitter] Give one way in which u use twitter as a teacher[/twitter]
  • To return to the index slide, just click on the orange house icon on the top right of every slide.
  • [twitter] Nine reasons why you should use twitter in schools [/twitter]
  • Choose some twitter users and see if you can figure out who they are.... Eg @Where does this person work? What irritates this person?[twitter] What will make you follow a person on twitter? [/twitter]
  • Participants must “skim and scan” over the tweets for this person and answer the questions.
  • Participants must “skim and scan” over the tweets for this person and answer the questions.
  • Participants must “skim and scan” over the tweets for this person and answer the questions.Ask additional questions like:Where does s(h)e stay?
  • Check your mailbox for your welcome message from Twitter!
  • Check your mailbox for your welcome message from Twitter!
  • This step give
  • Check your mailbox for your welcome message from Twitter!
  • Check your mailbox for your welcome message from Twitter!
  • Check your mailbox for your welcome message from Twitter!
  • Suggestions: By using your name, other like minded people can find you. Your BIO is very important. Don’t use your work name (why not?) but rather state your interest eg A biology teacher who loves technology.
  • Suggestions: By using your name, other like minded people can find you. Your BIO is very important. Don’t use your work name (why not?) but rather state your interest eg A biology teacher who loves technology.
  • It is okay to do personal tweets in between as long as you make sure that you are always thinking about personal privacy issues as well as making sure that you add value to your network.
  • Ask participants to reply to one another’s tweets (at least 3)
  • We can re-tweet what others are tweeting about by adding RT and the @theotherperson to our re-tweeted tweet! It is considered bad etiquette to not give credit to those tweople/peeps (people) in your twitter network who first alerted you to the resource url! So make RT an essential ingredient of being polite. Plus it can also assist in building your learning network as people tends to follow those who often RT them! To copy (for novices) just highlight the tweet and push Ctrl-C on your keyboard. Then click in the message window and push Ctrl-V to paste the tweet into the window. Add RT to the front of the message.
  • We can re-tweet what others are tweeting about by adding RT and the @theotherperson to our re-tweeted tweet! It is considered bad etiquette to not give credit to those tweople/peeps (people) in your twitter network who first alerted you to the resource url! So make RT an essential ingredient of being polite. Plus it can also assist in building your learning network as people tends to follow those who often RT them! To copy (for novices) just highlight the tweet and push Ctrl-C on your keyboard. Then click in the message window and push Ctrl-V to paste the tweet into the window. Add RT to the front of the message.
  • Explore more ways in which you can determine who to follow……
  • More places:-http://twitterpacks.pbwiki.com/Education+Pack
  • Ask participants to send direct messages to their colleagues. Does it show up in direct messages do not show up in the timeline.
  • Trainers: Ask participants to send a direct message to one of their colleagues. (they must be following one another already. Ask if it shows up in their timeline? Discuss the issue of privacy in twitter. Should you allow all these people to follow you? A person needs to be part of your network before you can send them direct messages. Direct messages do not show up in the timeline.If you want to receive your DM’s on your cellphone, make sure that you ahve registered your cellphone under Divices in your settings and have registered Discuss the issue of privacy in twitter. Should you allow all these people to follow you? Suggestions: By using your name, other like minded people can find you. Your BIO is very important. Don’t use your work name (why not?) but rather state your interest eg A biology teacher who loves technology. Ask participants to send direct messages to their colleagues. Does it show up in irect messages do not show up in the timeline.
  • Your Bio will make it possibole for like minded people to follow you. So make it relevant! Protecting your account is not advisable as it can also possibly deter valuable learning connections! If you do not like a specific person following you, you can always block them. Just go to the person’s twitter feed and click on Block. (You have to be signed in)
  • Trainer: Ask the participants to guess who goes with which picture, and then click on the links and see if they are right.
  • You can also search twitter by going to http://search.twitter.com and typing in your search term.A good way to keep track of hashtags and to join groups around certain hashtags is to use the handy online tool at http://twubs.com/education
  • Let participants twitter these and reply to each others tweets.
  • Let participants twitter these and reply to each others tweets.

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  • 1. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started How can we use Twitter for teaching and learning? Maggie Verster BSc HED BEd Hons A+ CIW Associate www.school2.co.za
  • 2. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Outcomes By the end of this e-torial, you will be able to use Twitter to:  Communicate on a local and global level  Create a powerful personal learning network (PLN)  Get your learners to tweet their way into critical thinking! Tools This e-torial makes use of the following programmes or tools:  Any browser  A computer with internet /cell phone with WAP  Twitter (an online tool)
  • 3. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Index  What is micro-blogging?  Some motivation to twitter (or not)  What do your tweets say about you?  Get twittering!  Sign up  Update your settings  Create your first tweet  Some guidelines  Reading and replying to tweets  Re-tweeting  Create your twitter learning network  Directories, lists and networks  Followers  More things you can do with twitter:  Twitter straight from your cell phone  Direct messages  Change your profile picture  Finding stuff: Using Hashtags #  More resources and reading  Discussion
  • 4. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started What is micro-blogging? What are you doing right now? Tell me all about it in 140 or less words!!! Why would I like to know about what you are doing all the time? Video: Click here to Play Some reading….  Nine reasons why you should use twitter in schools  # Interesting Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom (a collaborative effort)  The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook For Teachers  Twitter for teachers collaborative ebook
  • 5. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Why should we use Twitter ? Cosand became a Twitterer about a year ago, and he now considers Twitter one of What articles are you his best sources of real-time professional looking at? development. "I'm able to get information and find opportunities I wouldn't have been able to gather on my own," he says. Teachers who are fans say they appreciate the easy- Check out this cool to-use tool as a quick way to network with colleagues. new resource They like being able to ask and answer questions, learn from experts, share resources, and react to events on the fly. Critics argue that it's nothing but a high tech distraction. Meanwhile, new ideas for using Live reporting from Twitter in education continue to emerge and an event evolve. The best way to weigh the pros and cons of this free tool is to try it for yourself Source : http://www.edutopia.org/twitter-professional-development-technology-microblogging
  • 6. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Why should we use Twitter ? What does this person do for a living? What is s(h)e tweeting about? Are the tweets helpful? Would you like to have him/her in your network?
  • 7. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Why should we use Twitter ? What does this person do for a living? What is s(h)e tweeting about? Are the tweets helpful? Would you like to have him/her in your network?
  • 8. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Why should we use Twitter ? What does this person do for a living? What is s(h)e tweeting about? Are the tweets helpful? Would you like to have him/her in your network?
  • 9. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Why should we use Twitter ? What does this person do for a living? What is s(h)e tweeting about? Are the tweets helpful? Would you like to have him/her in your network?
  • 10. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Create a twitter account I ACTIVITY Use Twitter to tell “the world” about the challenges you face as a subject advisor/teacher  Go to www.twitter.com (or type it into the address bar)  Click on “Sign Up” You can access Twitter from your mobile phone by going to your mobile browser and typing in m.twitter.com
  • 11. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Create a twitter account Type in your:  Full names (Twitter is Peter Pumpkin about real people!)  Username (Make it Peterp relevant)  Password (choose something that you will *********** remember)  E-mail address PeterP@gmail.com  Tick e-mail find- this way your regular e-mail friends can find you.  Click on Create my account It is a good idea to always read the Terms of Service before you sign up
  • 12. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Create a twitter account  Type in the two word (capcha) exactly as displayed.  If you can’t make it out  Ask for new words to be the decamp displayed  Listen to the words  Click on Finish A capcha makes sure that you re a human being and hampers unauthorised accounts being created.
  • 13. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Create a twitter account: Follow learning mentors By following people that have the same interests as you, you can create a powerful learning network on the fly. You can skip this step by just clicking on Next step at the bottom of your screen.
  • 14. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Create a twitter account  See who of your friends are already using twitter You can skip this step by just clicking on Next step at the bottom of your screen.
  • 15. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Create a twitter account: Search 4 someone  Search for a specific person You can skip this step by just clicking on Next step at the bottom of your screen.
  • 16. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Create a twitter account  Check your e-mail inbox for an e-mail from Twitter.  Click on the confirmation link contained in the e-mail. You will still be  You will now be able to receive able to use direct messages directly to your Twitter even if e-mail inbox. you have not confirmed your e-mail. Activating your e-mail will give you access to many other services on twitter
  • 17. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Complete your settings Make sure that you adjust your basic settings...  Click on Settings  Account  Your real name, username and e-mail will be filled in already  Change your time zone to (GMT+2) Pretoria  Choose if you want others to see your location (you will then be able to locate others near you)  You can choose to protect your updates, but then you also choose to close yourself to new learning mentors.... You still need to update your Profile.....
  • 18. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Complete your settings: Profile Not updating your Profile settings is like leaving your house without putting close on......  Click on Settings  Profile  Upload a photo of yourself Sarah De Waal  You can adjust your name. Be real! Pretoria South Africa  Where are you based?  Insert your web address or http://myblog.za.net blog  Say something about yourself that will give potential Love teaching biology and learning partners a sense of mathematics what you do/are interested in Make sure that your Bio is professional and take your privacy into account.
  • 19. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Your first tweet Go ahead, tell us about the problems and challenges you face as a teacher/subject advisor. Remember you only have 140 characters!  Start typing We need more time to reflect on the CAPS docs  You will see how many characters you have left next to the Tweet button  Your current location  Click on the Tweet button to send If you cannot say it in 140 characters, feel free to do a few tweets…….tweet ……tweet…….. You cannot POSSIBLY have THAT many problems now can you???
  • 20. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Twitter etiquette DO:  Use good language We need more time to reflect on the CAPS docs  Share good learning resources  Ask questions and give answers/opinions  Think before you tweet  Add value to your network……… DON’T:  Use ALL CAPS (it is Remember that your tweets are screaming) very public  Tweet in an “altered state”  Forget to credit those tweets that you are passing on (re-tweeting- RT)  ………
  • 21. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Reading tweets Tweets are in reverse chronological order, according to time, with the newest at the top.  If you click on Home (top right) and Timeline, you will see all the tweets of the people you are following.  If you want to reply to or retweet a tweet hover your curser over a tweet to see the Reply or Retweet options or add @theotherpersonsusername to your tweet.  To read anybody’s tweets, click on their twitter name or picture eg www.twitter.com/heyjudeonline and read on the pane to the right. (or click the arrow to the right) If you want to find a specific tweet again you can mark it as a favourite, using the star (Favourite) option below the tweet.
  • 22. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Re-tweeting Re-tweeting is a way to pass on valuable links and resources from your network to your followers  Hover curser over tweet  Click on Retweet below  Add RT for “retweet” (it is short!) in front of the @persons’s name RT @kjarrett RT @shareski RE: PLCs. "If everything is mandated and structured. It fails. Same with classrooms." Re-tweeting people’s tweets also make them aware that you value their contribution and they will probably follow you, building a stronger network
  • 23. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Re-tweeting The value of retweeting is that you become a filter for your followers.  Check the resources first before passing it on!  Think if you REALLY want to pass it on! Re-tweeting means hat you value the information and feel that it is worthwhile to pass on.
  • 24. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Following others Wesley Fryer Who should I follow?  A colleague, teacher….  Someone I can learn with/from…  Someone who will share…  An expert in the field  Someone……? How?  Type name in search window  Click search  Click on the People tab  Look if it is the person that you want to follow  Click the plus to follow!!!!!! Important to read the person’s Bio or blog and look at their tweets before you decide to follow him or her…….
  • 25. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Personal Learning Network (PLN) Some of my learning Another effective way to Gurus!!! find twitter learning partners:  Find someone who share the same interests / Some teachers!!! subject area as you.  Click on their picture and choose Follow Conferences  Click on THEIR network and explore/follow some of their contacts Some friends!! If someone does not “live up to your expectations”, remove them from your network
  • 26. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Personal Learning Network (PLN) More ways to find twitter learning and teaching partners:  Consult educator directories, social networks and lists:  Twitter4teachers (A global wiki to add to)  Educators on twitter (add yourself to the directory here)  South African educators or join sateachers twibe  Top 100 edu-tweeps (twitterers/tweople) ;-)  Tweet4education (A social network of twittering teachers writing a book to help teachers to twitter!)  Twitter for professional development  List of teachers who uses twitter actively in their classrooms Good idea: Go through at least 2 pages of a person’s tweets before deciding if the person will be of value on your learning pathway!
  • 27. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Personal Learning Network (PLN) That is a good thing. It means that you are adding value to the twitter-sphere and growing your learning network!  You will get an e-mail telling you that someone is following you  Go to their profile page, read their tweets, Bio/blog and decide if you want to follow Help, I am being them back or not followed!!!!!  At the top of their page, click on Follow  You will be able to send them a direct private message once they are following you If a person has an undesirable profile you can block them from following you and report them as spam! Check your followers regularly to weed them out!
  • 28. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started More things to do with twitter  Twitter straight from your cell phone Send meeting notifications  You will need a WAP enabled cell phone (eg one that can connect to an Internet Summarise conferences and join a browser) backchannel to give feedback  Point your cell phone browser (and bookmark) twitter’s web address: http://m.twitter.com Get your class to participate in classroom discussions and do quizzes from their cell phones Most smart phones nowadays do have twitter applications that you can download and use.
  • 29. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Direct messages  Click on Messages at the top Ariellah  Click on the person and type message Is the conference worthwhile?  Click on New Message  Start typing a name and select the person from the dropdown  Type your message Send  Or add d @personname to any tweet You can only send DM’s to someone who is following you. Your intended person will receive the twitter in his/her e-mail inbox as well!
  • 30. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Your Bio What about privacy? We always need to be aware of how much information we divulge, whether it is in our Bio or in our tweets!  Decide how much of yourself you would like to show in your Bio.  Stick to your interests/ occupation rather than give out too much personal information!  Link your Bio to your blog or school/organisational website.  To change your Bio or website address, go to Settings (See slide 18) If you feel strongly about your privacy, you can protect your twitter account, which means that people will have to ask to follow you.
  • 31. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Your Picture A profile picture gives people a Do I need to have a visual sense of who you are / profile picture? would like to be / see yourself……  What do these pictures tell you about the person? Who are these  Who is the…. people???? Librarian, Maths teacher, vice chancellor, Learning activist, Gardener, Primary school teacher, Lifelong learner, Technology director, Biology teacher, English teacher ???? Your picture becomes a connection point! So please change this boring brown one for one that makes sense…..
  • 32. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Your Picture  Click on Settings (top right)  Profile  Click on Change Image and browse to a suitable picture of yourself on your PC  A real picture of yourself is encouraged!  If you are shy, upload an Avatar (a picture representing you) You can also change the background of your main twitter page (Settings Design
  • 33. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Hashtags Mathematics How can I find specific tags and tweets about topics?  Type in your search term in the search window on the top eg mathematics or subjectadvisors  Choose between Tweets, Tweets with links, Tweets near you, or People When you twitter about twitter and how it can be It is important to “tag” your tweet by inserting used for teaching and a “marker” (a searchable) word into it using learning, please use the hashtags #. Create a tag that will be unique to hashtag #twitter4ed or your topic or group #classtwits
  • 34. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Resources  Twitter handbook for teachers A basic down to earth guide  Twitter for education tagged resources  On Delicious  On Diigo A search across the tags education and twitter using these book- marking systems  Twitter search for the hash-tags I better join the twitter  #twitter and #education or revolution!!!!  #twitter4ed  #Edchat (good weekly discussions) There are also lots of applications (software) that have been created to accommodate the use of twitter for all kinds of purposes.
  • 35. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started Resources  How can a micro-blogging tool accommodate communication and learning in the classroom?  What drawbacks can there be in using a tool like this one?  What skills will you need to use tools like these?  If the tool must fit the purpose, how, when and where will you use this tool as a SA/teacher?
  • 36. Social media 101: Twitter Getting started E-torial information This e-torial was initially developed by maggiev for the Department of Education for use by subject advisors and teachers in South Africa Updated: 29 September 2010 Follow my tweets:  www.twitter.com/maggiev All e-turials can be found on my Learn how to page at www.school2.co.za Join my facebook page Join my facebook group