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A basic introduction to Twitter for educators. Beginner level with links to further resources for building a personal/professional learning network

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Twitter for Educators: A basic introduction

  1. 1. Twitter for Educators Getting a handle on it! @mazlibrary @camillaelliott www.linkingforlearning.com 6 October 2014
  2. 2. Gary’ Social Media Count s Jane Hart’s Top100 Tools What’s happening on social media Right Now!
  3. 3. Twitter is: •a microblogging platform used for sharing information, news & resources •social, education & business •mobile •140 character messages
  4. 4. Start with Google Search •First find out what’s on Twitter - search •# are searchable in Google Search •People also searchable •Try a Search ....... #VicPLN #AussieED #Scootle #edchat
  5. 5. Twitter is Public • You follow other people - Other people follow you • No ‘friending’ necessary • @twitterID essential to send message • Use of # not essential but useful • Build lists - recommended
  6. 6. Twitter Terminology • @ + User ID e.g. @camillaelliott • # - hashtag • RT - Retweet • MT - Modified tweet • DM - Direct message by typing “D userID” • URL Shortener - www.bitly.com
  7. 7. Behaviours/ Ethics • Acknowledge sources - don’t nick tweets • Don’t follow everybody who follows you - SPAM! • Check user’s profile before following, opening or retweeting --- CRITICALLY IMPORTANT - SPAM! • Follow those who retweet you :) • Share unique content - be creative • Answer questions from fellow tweeps • Be a contributor as well as a reader - don’t just lurk, get involved • Be concise in wording (save room for retweeters)
  8. 8. Exploring Twitter • Your profile & ID - be professional • Avatar - represents you • Location - provides location perspective • Public v Private profile • Security & Privacy - be professional
  9. 9. Be alert - not alarmed www.twitteraudit.com • Don’t follow everybody who follows you • Check out every profile you follow • Get to know your network before opening links
  10. 10. Management Tools (Aggregators) OR Free
  11. 11. Finding people to follow • Check who others are following • Check other people’s lists • Media & general reading • Recommendations • Twitter for Educators
  12. 12. Thank you @camillaelliott http://www.linkingforlearning.Resources: com/about-twitter/ http://www.linkingforlearning.com/teachers-tweet/ This Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/celliott

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