Twitter as a Professional Development Tool: How to Use Twitter to Develop a Personal Learning Network Presented by Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. Candidate Thames Elementary April 4, 2012
• A Personal Learning Network is an informal learning, self-constructed, diverse professional network whose purpose is supporting the personal or professional learning needs of the individual.• A PLN allows you to:• Make PD choices according to your individual needs• Be flexible in how you learn• Connect with like-minded peers What is a Personal Learning Network?
Twitter is an information social network.Twitter allows you to:• Follow a myriad of experts across fields• Connect with peers• Obtain information in real-time What is Twitter?
• Connect with educators here in the U.S. and abroad.• Share best practices and resources.• Collaborate with educators around the globe. Why should educatorsdevelop a PLN via Twitter?
• Teachers in District 123: http://vimeo.com/36647045• Lalan Dema: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXPfxwKkSXM How are educators using a PLN via Twitter?
• Create an account/profile• Explore the features of the site• Find people to follow How do I get started?
• Choose a professional name• Write an informative bio• Upload a professional picture• Adding your location is optional Setting Up an Account
• Timeline- A record of tweets in real time. Newest tweets are at the top.• Tweet-A 140 character post.• Retweet-A reposting of someone else’s tweet.• Hashtags(#)-A label added to tweets to categorize or identify its content. Definitions
• Direct Message-A private message sent to someone.• @Mention- These are public tweets that mention you or are directly sent to you.• Activity-A snapshot of follows, retweets, and favorites.• Favorite- A way to archive tweets for future viewing.• Search-A way find other users, either by name subject area, or hashtag. Features
• Type a subject area or field you are interested in learning more about.• Select and read someone’s profile.• Click on the Follow button. Find People To Follow
• Introduce yourself in a tweet.• Ask a question and use a hashtag.(#edtech, #edchat, #elemchat, #phdchat)• Ask for a recommendation of people to follow. Let’s Tweet!
• Cybraryman’s Twitter Page http://www.cybraryman.com/twitter.html• Getting Started with Twitter Chats http://dayintheclassroom.edublogs.org/2011/08/06/getting -started-with-twitter-and-twitter-chats/ Resources
• Twitter: @WillDeyamport• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org• Blog: peoplegogy.com Contact Me
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