Tools that Make Twitter More Useful for Educators

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This 30-minute webinar takes us to next level of Twitter use. We will look at how to participate in Twitter chats and attend conferences virtually by following hashtags using TweetChat, how to turn your Tweets into an online magazine using PaperLi, and how to manage your various social media accounts using a single platform.

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  • Thank you, Nell and the Literacy Assistance Center for providing some time to share news from the Literacy Information and Communication System (or LINCS for short). For those of you who are unfamiliar with LINCS, LINCS is a professional development website funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).>Next slide.
  • Accessible at lincs.ed.gov, LINCS is comprised of four parts. An online resource collection that contains over 560 online and free high-quality, evidence-based materials in 16 topic areas within adult education, vetted by experts in the field.An online community of practice with over 10,000 members that features 16 discussion groups moderated by subject matter experts.An online learning portal that houses free, self-paced interactive courses developed specifically for the adult education field from OVAE initiatives. Current course topics include: Adult Career Pathways, teaching English as a second language, Learning to Achieve (which focuses on teaching learners with disabilities), technology, and science.And four regional professional development centers who work with states to offer high-quality, evidence-based materials and professional development opportunities both in-person and online to adult educators at the regional and local levels in a wide variety of topic areas. Teachers can contact their region’s RPDC director to discuss the possibility of bringing professional development to their state.>Next slide.
  • I want to take a few moments to dive deeper into the LINCS Learning Portal to take a look at a recently launched online course that aligns with the webinar series.The Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom course is designed for instructors who are at the beginner/intermediate level of technology integration in the classroom. It is available on the LINCS Learning Portal, along with additional online courses from several other OVAE initiatives, in topics including English as a second language, adult career pathways, Learning to Achieve, science, and more.The free, self-paced online course discusses why technology is important for teaching and learning, how instructors approach integrating technology, and what tools instructors can use to integrate technology. Throughout the course, you will learn about examples of adult education instructors’ personal experiences in integrating technology. In a culminating activity, you will create a Technology Integration Action Plan for a unit or lesson that you select for use with your own adult learners. Now that you have gained knowledge on how to use [Twitter, Pinterest, QR Codes], this online course can help you think through how to apply the technology tool in the classroom. You also will have the opportunity to interact with the LINCS Community throughout this online course. The course takes an estimated four hours to complete and participants receive a certificate upon completion.[Demonstrate navigating through the course through the LINCS Learning Portal.]
  • We hope that you will take advantage of all LINCS has to offer. Join the community; take an online course; search the resource collection, and follow us on social media via Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.We hope to see you on LINCS!
  • Tools that Make Twitter More Useful for Educators

    1. 1. ADVANCED TWITTER Nell Eckersley
    2. 2. Agenda Review Twitter basics Tools that support the use of Twitter •TweetChat •Paperli •HootSuite •TwtPoll 2
    3. 3. https://twitter.com/ 3
    4. 4. Why Tweet? • Information is sent to me • I decide who to follow and un-follow • Twitter is a one way street • Constant feed of the tweets from the people I follow waiting for me • Search by hashtag, keyword, list • Follow organizations 4
    5. 5. Anatomy of a Good Tweet Tips • Include hashtags in content of tweet • Include shortened links to more information • Write a headline, leave out unnecessary words, but try not to use texting shorthand • Use common abbreviations 5
    6. 6. Shortened URLS • http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/preparing-yourschool-for-an (73 characters) • http://bit.ly/YZ8Jlk (20 characters)
    7. 7. Shortening Links for Your Tweets You can use BitLy to shorten URL’s without creating an account 7
    8. 8. Finding People to Follow • Search on https://twitter.com/search-home for people, keywords or hashtags even if you don’t have a Twitter account Once you have a Twitter Account • Search hashtags and words #AdultEd • See who follows the people you follow 8
    9. 9. People to Follow •@LACNYCnell •@otan •@flatechgirl •@Edudemic •@Larryferlazzo •@JoyceHinkson •@ChipCarlin •@DrSarahEaton • • • • • • • @LINCS_ED @usedgov @Education_AIR @WorldEdUS @web20classroom @ShellTerrell @mcleod @ReadWriteAct • @NCLAdvocacy 9
    10. 10. Tools that Support Twitter •Sending and receiving tweets • HootSuite •Managing who you follow • Lists •Twitter for conferences & events • TweetChat • Paperli • TwtPoll 10
    11. 11. Sending and Receiving Tweets •Twitter.com •Texts via your cell phone •Applications on computers, tablets & smart phones •HootSuite 11
    12. 12. HootSuite 12
    13. 13. Managing Who You Follow with Lists Twitter.com includes a tool called Lists http://mashable.com/2013/05/31/ne w-twitter-lists/ http://daveadelaney.com/how-touse-twitter-lists-like-a-pro/ 13
    14. 14. Create Your Own Lists • As you begin to follow more people on Twitter you might find that you want to be able to just see the tweets from a subset of all the people you follow • You can also follow other people’s lists to quickly grow your Twitter feed 14
    15. 15. Add People to Your Lists 15
    16. 16. Subscribe to Other People’s Lists 16
    17. 17. Subscribe to Other People’s Lists • Find a list that looks useful and click “subscribe” • All the people on the list will appear in your twitter feed • But you can open up the list to just see the list feed 17
    18. 18. Twitter for Conferences & Events Twitter can be used to • promote events • create an interactive backchannel • poll participants • interact from a distance http://dancingwithelephants.ca/digital-learning/on-twitter-backchannels-and-sociallearning/#more-331 18
    19. 19. http://tweetchat.com/ 19
    20. 20. http://paper.li/LACNYCnell/1320940472 20
    21. 21. http://twtpoll.com 21
    22. 22. https://support.twitter.com/articles/64986-how-to-report-spam-on-twitter# 22
    23. 23. What to Do Right Now? • Create a Twitter account on Twitter.com • Follow five people • Search for people using #AdultEd • Search for your favorite hobby, writer, singer, actor • Retweet one tweet and create one of your own tweets Remember to use hashtags 23
    24. 24. What to Do in the Next Few Weeks • Spend 15 minutes on Twitter every morning • reading • retweeting • following new people • Try HootSuite or receiving tweets as sms text messages • Use TweetChat during COABE March 16-19 to follow #COABE14 even if you cannot attend in person 24
    25. 25. Nell Eckersley • Twitter: @LACNYCNell • Email: NellE@LACNYC.org • http://www.scoop.it/t/twitter-in-adult-education 25
    26. 26. Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) LINCS provides you with the information, resources, professional development activities, and online network you need to enhance your practice and ensure your adult students receive high-quality learning opportunities. http://lincs.ed.gov/ LINCS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education. It is comprised of the Resource Collection, managed by Kratos Learning, the Regional Professional Development Centers, and the Technical Contractor, Quotient, Inc. 26
    27. 27. LINCS Makes a Difference How can LINCS help you with your work? It offers:  A Resource Collection containing high-quality, evidencebased materials in 16 topic areas;  An online Community of Practice where you can share and collaborate with your peers;  A Learning Portal where you can engage in self-paced and facilitated professional development courses; and  Four Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs) that deploy evidenced-based PD trainings to states. For a video overview of LINCS, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3bq6Mdn2Qg 27
    28. 28. LINCS Technology Online Course  Title: Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom  Free, self-paced online course  Completion time: ~ 4 hours  Certificate received upon completion  Course accessible through the LINCS Learning Portal: http://lincs.ed.gov/courses 28
    29. 29. Don’t Miss a Beat; Connect with LINCS  Join the Community:  https://community.lincs.ed.gov Access the Learning Portal: http://lincs.ed.gov/courses  Search the Resource Collection: http://lincs.ed.gov/collections  Follow the latest updates: @LINCS_ED  Join our professional group: LINCS_ED  Watch webinar archives and more: LincsEd 29

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