Tweeting Teachers

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How can teachers use Twitter to better communicate with families and to participate in informal professional development?

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Tweeting Teachers

  1. 1. TWEETINGTEACHERSUsing TWITTER for student and Jon Moss Pine Grove Schoolparent communication and as aprofessional development tool @JonMossEdTech #APSCTTechDay www.EDvantaged.com
  2. 2. WHAT IS TWITTER? Twitter is a MICRO blogging tool. Users post brief messages (called “Tweets”) for others to read. Tweets can be a user‟s own content, a “retweet” (forward) of someone else‟s content, a link, or nearly anything else can be conveyed as text.
  3. 3. WHAT MAKES TWITTER DIFFERENTFROM FACEBOOK AND EMAIL?TWITTER FACEBOOK EMAIL 140 character limit  Limit of post length  Unlimited is subject to change. Public to  Public to only EVERYONE.  Public to friends those you directly only* correspond with. Social networking  Direct access to the  Social networking correspondence world! access to the with a finite world! number of recipients.
  4. 4. DemonstrationWHAT DOES TWITTER LOOKLIKE?
  5. 5. WHAT MAKES TWITTER GREAT FORCOMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS? Easier to post micro updates compared to full posts or articles. Many of your news items that you‟d normally share on your class website may be shorter and well-suited for tweeting. Twitter can be easily integrated into daily tasks and can be accessed on-the- go.
  6. 6. WHAT MAKES TWITTER IDEAL FORPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT? Twitter is great for sharing resources, seeking resources, and receiving resources.  True collaboration means that you and others are motivated to help one another! Ongoing dialogs – not a one-time PD session without the option of follow-up. Twitter exchanges can (must) be brief, so there‟s no pressure to draft a lengthy message. Many, many respected organizations have a presence on Twitter. Tweeting teachers have ongoing access to experts, leaders, and organizations. “It‟s professional development at your will, your leisure, and your interest.” (Mercier, 2011)
  7. 7. WARNING! (Mercier, 2011)
  8. 8. DemonstrationACTIONS ON TWITTER
  9. 9. TWITTER SYNTAX@ # (Called a hashtag) Creates a “mention” to  Can connect your tweet to an connect your tweet to a organized topic.  @JonMossEdTech „s presentation specific person or is really, really terrific! organization. #APSCTTechDay  @FakeJeffButler, you‟re  Can express a feeling or hysterical! sentiment.  Thanks for the  Learning that Twitter uses the recommendations, internet... Yawn... @elearningteacher ! #TellMeSomethingIDontKnow  6 months left to the school year!  Thanks for hosting us, #IsItSummerYet @MSNewEngland ! We had a great time!
  10. 10. FOR EXAMPLE...
  11. 11. MY EXPERIENCES Informal professional development (a mixed blessing!) Networking with other professionals  WordPress Experts  Other teachers with Educational Technology interests Program and app developers  ShowMe (from the very beginning!) Next steps?  Communicating with parents and families!
  12. 12. WHAT MAKES TWITTER GREAT FORCOMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS? Easier to post micro updates compared to full posts or articles. Many of your news items that you‟d normally share on your class website may be shorter and well-suited for tweeting. Twitter can be easily integrated into daily tasks and can me accessed on- the-go.
  13. 13. WHAT MAKES TWITTER LOUSY FORCOMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS? You cannot be verbose, elaborate, eloquent, or Shakespearian in 140 characters.  Does this make us seem less professional? Does the very use of Twitter make us seem unprofessional?
  14. 14. UNFORTUNATE TWEETS...
  15. 15. WHAT MAKES TWITTER LOUSY FORCOMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS? You cannot be verbose, elaborate, eloquent, or Shakespearian in 140 characters.  Does this make us seem less professional? Does the very use of Twitter make us seem unprofessional? You invite RESPONSES.
  16. 16. NEXT STEPS Get a Twitter account. Start following people and/or organizations. BE A LURKER. Maybe post a Tweet about today‟s professional development day! (#APSCTTechDay) Experiment with different platforms for your Twitter use?  Website? Native client? 3rd party client app like HootSuite? Post a question or comment. Even if it‟s irrelevant. See what happens!
  17. 17. JUSTREMEMBER... (Mercier, 2011)
  18. 18.  People/organizations toTHANK YOU! follow...  @ASCD About me...  @NCTM  @iPodsibilitiesJon Moss (Pine  @jasonohler Grove)  @virtual_teach www.edvantaged.com  @iear  All materials will be available  @elemenous online! (Give me a few days!)  @rmbyrne @JonMossEdTech  @teach42 #APSCTTechDay  @paulawhite  But you need to follow people and organizations that are meaningful to YOU, not to me!

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