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Twitter for Professional Connection and Growth


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Twitter for Professional Connection and Growth

  1. 1. Twitter for Professional Connection & Growth Presentation for Region 13 ESC Strategic Initiatives Team November 5, 2013 Sandy Kendell @EdTechSandyK
  2. 2. About Sandy... • District Educational Tech Specialist from Central Texas • Bachelors in Elementary Ed • Masters in EdTech Leadership • 20 Years Experience in K-12 Education • Very active on Twitter and passionate about social media for professional learning! Photo by Virgil McCullough, SXSWedu
  3. 3. Keys to Building Your Network Key #1: Hatch the Egg & Fill Out Your Profile!
  4. 4. Keys to Building Your Network Key #2: Search for & Follow People & Organizations You Already Trust Hint: Watch whom they re-tweet! Check them out!
  5. 5. Keys to Building Your Network Key #3: Manage Your Followers and Whom You Follow ● Investigate people who follow you to see if they would add value to your stream & follow them back. ● Don’t follow everyone who follows you. ○ Block spammers, pornos, & folks you can’t figure out. ● Don’t be afraid to unfollow people later if they are not adding valuable information to your stream.
  6. 6. Keys to Building Your Network Key #4: #Hashtags! #Hashtags! #Hashtags! • A hashtag looks like this: #onlinelearning • Tweeps use hashtags to “categorize” their Tweets • 20 Most Useful Hashtags in Education
  7. 7. More About #Hashtags Video: Hashtags in 60 Seconds
  8. 8. More About #Hashtags All About Twitter Hashtags - Best explanation of hashtags I’ve ever found! • 300+ Educational Hashtags Being Used Right Now - Sounds overwhelming, but you can search the page for topics of interest to you, then search by those hashtags on Twitter. • 20 Twitter Hashtags Every Educator Should Know About These hashtags have Twitter chats associated with them. •
  9. 9. To Follow or Not To Follow... How do you decide if you should follow someone? Check out their profile & Tweet stream! Do they ● ● ● ● ● ● Have a bio that tells what they are about? Tweet about stuff you are interested in? Tweet regularly? Go “off message/topic” only rarely? Interact with others? Appeal to you for any reasons? FOLLOW your instincts when you decide to FOLLOW another Tweep!
  10. 10. Include Practical and Fun!
  11. 11. YOU TIME! Keeping in mind the tips already shared, search for Tweeps or hashtags to follow: ● People and organizations you already know. ● Hashtags from the links provided on previous slides. ● People on my newbies and/or edtech lists: ○ Newbies: mbers ○ EdTech:
  12. 12. What Do I Tweet About? Tweet and Retweet things that interest you and are in line with your purpose. Someone with your same interests will appreciate it! ● Good blog posts/articles you’ve read online ● An interesting thought you had or you overheard ● Questions you need help answering ● Your own blog posts ● Something you’re excited about ● Occasional interesting or fun personal things Graphic used under a CC by 2.0 license 786110042/
  13. 13. What Do I NOT Tweet About? If Tweeting on behalf of your employer, stay away from: ● Politics & Opinion (Includes education funding, testing, etc.) ● Religion ● Anything you wouldn’t say to face-to-face to your employer or to someone on your employer’s behalf If Tweeting on behalf of yourself, stay away from: ● Complaints or rude remarks about employer, co-workers, or working conditions ● Complaints or rude remarks about former employer ● Anything that would embarrass someone else ● Crude language (Educators follow you & you follow them; use school appropriate language)
  14. 14. Hashtags for Network Building Use Hashtags To: • • • Search for topics of interest to you. Watch for folks who consistently share valuable information with a certain hashtag and consider following them. o Ex: Search for #onlinelearning o Notice related hashtags others use, too. Make the information you share more “findable”. When you add hashtags to your Tweets, you help others find info that may have value to them. And, you might gain followers. Share info from conferences you attend or follow a conference you cannot attend in person. ##################
  15. 15. Chats for Network Building What’s a Twitter Chat? • A synchronous discussion where everyone uses a hashtag to communicate about a topic. Typically they meet weekly and last about an hour. o Chats give you a chance to be exposed to others who have interest in a topic. You can find new people to follow, and others may follow you as well o You might want to “lurk,” or just watch your first chat. They can move fast! But you will get the hang of it!
  16. 16. Chats for Network Building Twitter Chat Resources • 13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out • Utilizing Twitter Chats for Professional Development • Weekly Twitter Chat Times VktUUGJpRWJhdUlWLS1Genc&usp=drive_web#gid=0 • Archive of #TXED Chat from 10/30/13 Photo used under CC-BY-NC-ND License
  17. 17. Tools to Enhance Twitter Hootsuite - • • • • Allows you to set up columns & searches. I like it best on Tablet and Computer. Demo of Hootsuite o Column setup is easy! Great for conferences!!!!! (And everyday, too!)
  18. 18. Tools to Enhance Twitter Diigo - • • • • Save those great resources you are finding on Twitter & access them anywhere! “Social” bookmarking Tour of My Diigo Make sure you sign up for an account and start using it! o Go to Tools after you sign in & follow instructions to make bookmarking quick!
  19. 19. More Resources • Twitter for Professional Learning LiveBinder (Created for ISTE 2013) • All of My Blog Posts About Twitter & Social Media for Professional Learning /search/label/twitter
  20. 20. Final Questions
  21. 21. Twitter for Professional Connection & Growth Presentation for Region 13 ESC Strategic Initiatives Team November 5, 2013 Sandy Kendell @EdTechSandyK