Will Look at the Why, What, and How of Twitter...\n
Will share two quotes on the why...\n
Will Richardson says in an interview with educational week teacher pd\n\nWhat I mean is that too few teachers have a visible presence on the Web. The primary reason this matters is that the kids in our classrooms are going to be Googled&#x2014;they're going to be searched for on the Web&#x2014;over and over again. That's just the reality of their lives, right? So they need models. They need to have adults who know what it means to have a strong and appropriate search portfolio&#x2014;I call it the &#x201C;G-portfolio.&#x201D; But right now&#x2014;and this is my ongoing refrain&#x2014;there&#x2019;s no one teaching them how to learn and share with these technologies. There's no one teaching them about the nuances involved in creating a positive online footprint. It's all about what not to do instead of what they should be doing.\nThe second thing is that, if you want to be part of an extended learning network or community, you have to be findable. And you have to participate in some way. The people I learn from on a day-to-day basis are Googleable. They&#x2019;re findable, they have a presence, they&#x2019;re participating, they&#x2019;re transparent. That&#x2019;s what makes them a part of my learning network. If you&#x2019;re not out there&#x2014;if you&#x2019;re not transparent or findable in that way&#x2014;I can&#x2019;t learn with you.\n
In addition...David Weinberger&#xA0;writes, \nAs knowledge becomes networked, the smartest person in the room isn&#x2019;t the person standing at the front lecturing us, and isn&#x2019;t the collective wisdom of those in the room. The smartest person in the room is the room itself: the network that joins the people and ideas in the room, and connects to those outside of it. It&#x2019;s not that the network is becoming a conscious super-brain. Rather, knowledge is becoming inextricable from&#x2014;literally unthinkable without&#x2014;the network that enables it. Our task is to learn how to build smart rooms&#x2014;that is, how to build networks that make us smarter, especially since, when done badly, networks can make us distressingly stupider.\n
Twitter is not about meaningless 140 character sound bytes. The reality is that it&#x2019;s all about the conversation. Just as in real life there can be meaningless or meaningful conversations. It&#x2019;s all a matter of who you choose to connect with. The beauty of the 140 character limit is that is helps prevent folks from dominating the conversation and promotes a give and take dialogue. \n
When you &#x201C;follow&#x201D; someone you can view their tweets\n\nWhen someone &#x201C;follows&#x201D; you they can see all of your tweets\n
Tweet = A tweet is a post or status update on Twitter.\n\nRetweet = A retweet repeats a message - including the attached link.\n
Direct Message = like an email...only that person you DM can see message. Must use &#x201C;DM.&#x201D;\n\nReply = reply like you would in an email or tweet.\n
Hashtags = themes or topics Using a Twitter #Hashtag within your tweets broadcasts your tweets to a wider audience, outside of your existing followers.&#xA0; This essentially lets other Twitter Users, with shared interests, know that you're out there and makes it easier for them to join in.&#xA0;&#xA0;\n\nMost importantly though, it allows you to participate in discussions on a larger scale, outside of your existing network and this allows you to network more effectively.\n\nBy knowing how to use popular&#xA0; hashtags in your own tweets and searches you will be able to: share content, learn about new resources and keep up-to-date on real issues/challenges affecting the education community.\n\nChats = a scheduled time which tweeps discuss a common theme and use a common #, can participate live or check in later w/ archives\n
1. Sign Up = username, shorter the better\n2. Fill out profile = make it interesting, link for your blog, add a picture\n3. Privacy settings = allow everyone to see your tweets OR only let people you have approved see and follow you\n
Resources to use Twitter in the classroom.\n
Lurk and see who is talking about topics which interest you\nCheck out chats\nCheck follow lists of others\n
Transcript of "TwitterPD"
Build a Professional Learning NetworkUsing TwitterConnect - Communicate - Collaborate
Classroom Ideas✤ Safety First :) • Personify Characters • Word/Book/Fact of Day • First Name & Last Initial • Due Dates/Assignments • Communicate w/ Experts • G Rated Alias • Write a Story or Poem ✤ Live Tweeting • Grad Year • Ask Questions • Arts✤ Projects • Role Play • Athletics • Ask Questions • Take/Share Notes • Field Trips • Restate Main Points • Chat With Experts • Special Events • Check for Understanding • Connect Classrooms • Books • Class Pen Pals • Write Reviews • Movies • Field Trips • Facilitate Discussions • Events • Current Events • Take a Poll • Learning to be Concise • Summarize
Lets Do This✤ Twitter.com ✤ Share one thing you have learned.✤ Sign Up ✤ Use #fhshuskies and/or • Username #drivingspirit as hashtags • Proﬁle ✤ Bonus...@reply to someone • Picture/Blog link ✤ Double Bonus...share a link or image • Privacy Settings
Twitter Resources• Twitter Classrooms http://twitterclassrooms.wikispaces.com/• Ultimate Twitter Guidebook for Teachers http://edudemic.com/2010/06/the-ultimate-twitter-guidebook/• Twitter Hashtag Dictionary http://edudemic.com/2011/10/twitter-hashtag-dictionary/• Twitter Hashtags in the Classroom http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/2609• Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/08/27/guide-to-twitter-in-the-k-8-classroom/• List of Educational Hashtags http://www.cybraryman.com/edhashtags.html• Teachers Guide to Twitter http://bit.ly/HHLnsw• Education Twitter Chat Schedule http://bit.ly/Hh77rb http://bit.ly/HIKCAR http://bit.ly/HDK8q8 http://jenniferneeley.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Twitter_Chat_Schedule.pdf
Even More Twitter Resources • The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to Tweets, Hashtags, and All Things Twitter http://bit.ly/H8sKuw • 101 Twitter Resources http://bit.ly/HfAJJH • Twitter Tools and Resources http://bit.ly/HHFzPK • The Ultimate Twitter Resource Superlist http://bit.ly/Harucv Who to Follow• Spreadsheet of Educators on Twitter • Top 50 Education Pundits Worth a Follow on Twitter http://bit.ly/Haeoj0 http://bit.ly/HDthW6• 100 People You Should Follow on Twitter • Top 20 Education Inﬂuencers to Follow on Twitter in http://bit.ly/H99o8Y 2012 http://bit.ly/HGyAXu• 57 Must Follow Educators on Twitter (Part 1) http://bit.ly/HO4RLu • Build a Powerful PLN http://bit.ly/H9WyJo• 57 Must Follow Educators on Twitter (Part 2) http://bit.ly/HaOBTz
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