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Twitter in Adult Education NYACCE2012


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A presentation on basics of twitter and some more advanced tools to improve your twitter experience.

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Twitter in Adult Education NYACCE2012

  1. 1. Hashtags, Retweets, and 140Characters:Finding Meaning in Twitter Nell Eckersley
  2. 2. Agenda• What is Twitter?• Basics of Twitter o Hashtags o Retweets o Shortening Links for Tweets (and other purposes) o How to find people to follow o How to get people to follow you• Advanced Uses of Twitter o Tweetdeck o Follow Conferences even when you cannot attend (Paper.Li, TweetChat) o TweetReach o Use with students #NYACCE12 2
  3. 3. Why Incorporate Social Media?• pAI& #NYACCE12 3
  4. 4. What is Twitter?• Short messages called “tweets”--maximum140 characters• You “follow” people on Twitter (you “friend” people on Facebook)• You can send and receive tweets from your cell phone, computer, tablet, e-reader etc. #NYACCE12 4
  5. 5. Twitter & Metacognition• Metacognition o The practice of thinking about and reflecting on your learning o Increases comprehension and retention• Twitter can be a viable platform for metacognition o Forces users to be brief and to the point-an important skill in thinking clearly and communicating effectively o Can provide a simple way for attendees at a conference to share thoughts about particular sessions and activities with others at the event and those unable to attend. #NYACCE12 5
  6. 6. #NYACCE12 6
  7. 7. What Can You Say in 140 Characters? #NYACCE12 7
  8. 8. Retweeting• RT @Username #NYACCE12 8
  9. 9. Tagging #NYACCE12 9
  10. 10. HashTags#EdTech #EdChat#AdultEd #TechPD#TwEd #SoMeEd #NYACCE12 10
  11. 11. Our Hashtag#NYACCE12 #NYACCE12 11
  12. 12. Anatomy of a Good Tweet #NYACCE12 12
  13. 13. Shortened URLS• -your-school-for-an (73 characters)• (13 characters) #NYACCE12 13
  14. 14. Shortening LinksYou can use to shorten URL’s without creating an account #NYACCE12 14
  15. 15. Customizing Your Shortened URLBut if you create an account on, you can customize your shortened URLSGo from to #NYACCE12 15
  16. 16. AnalyticsWith an account you can also track how many times the URL you created has been clicked. #NYACCE12 16
  17. 17. QR CodeAnd with or without an account you can make any of the shortened URLS into a QR Code by adding .qr at the end #NYACCE12 17
  18. 18. Following People• Not required to follow everyone who follows you• You can un-follow someone very easily and they won’t know #NYACCE12 18
  19. 19. Finding People to Follow• Twitter Directories like• Search hashtags and words #AdultEd• See who follows people you follow••• #NYACCE12 19
  20. 20. Search Twitter• Search on for people, keywords or hashtags• Search on for keywords or hashtags even if you don’t have a Twitter account• Track hashtags and tweet from #NYACCE12 20
  21. 21. Sending and Receiving Tweets•• SMS Texts via your cell phone• Applications on computers & smart phones o Tweetdeck o HootSuite o Seesmic #NYACCE12 21
  22. 22. #NYACCE12 22
  23. 23. Advanced uses of Twitter• Follow Conferences (even when you cannot attend in person) o TweetChat o Paper.Li• Lists, interactions• HootCourse• TweetChat• Other fun tools #NYACCE12 23
  24. 24. #NYACCE12 24
  25. 25. COABE 2012 Paper.Li #NYACCE12 25
  26. 26. Twitter Backchannel #NYACCE12 26
  27. 27. Lists#NYACCE12 27
  28. 28. Interactions #NYACCE12 28
  29. 29. Hootcourse #NYACCE12 29
  30. 30. Twitter Chats• How do we keep up with important education Twitter discussions?• #EdChat Wiki• #AEChat #NYACCE12 30
  31. 31. When should we have our AEChat? #NYACCE12 31
  32. 32. #NYACCE12 32
  33. 33. #NYACCE12 33
  34. 34. Twitter Town Hall at COABE12 #NYACCE12 34
  35. 35. #NYACCE12 35
  36. 36.• speechwriting-help/ #NYACCE12 36
  37. 37. #NYACCE12 37
  38. 38. #NYACCE12 38
  39. 39. #NYACCE12 39
  40. 40. #NYACCE12 40
  41. 41. What to Do Right Now?• Create a Twitter account on• Follow three people o @LACNYCnell or @NYACCE o Search for people using #AdultEd o Search for your favorite hobby, writer, singer, actor• Retweet one tweet and create one of your own tweets. Remember to use hashtags #NYACCE12 41
  42. 42. What to Do in the Next Few Weeks• Spend 15 minutes on Twitter every morning o reading o retweeting o following new people• Try TweetDeck or receiving tweets as sms text messages #NYACCE12 42
  43. 43. Nell Eckersley• @LACNYCNell••• #NYACCE12 43