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  • Go over norms: ok to use devices, encouraged. If something we talk about during this session gets you excited and you want to go off and start working on it, go for it. If it’s not meeting your needs feel free to go do something that will. This is your PD. \n
  • Agenda: Plan for the day is to introduce everyone to Twitter, and have everyone follow along as much as possible. \n
  • Go to Twitter: What do you get out of having a PLN on Twitter? Discuss responses. Explain idea of going to colleagues for support and advice and share how for me Twitter has become a bigger version of that. \n
  • Will Richardson is an author and speaker and is responsible for getting me on Twitter. He talks about the concept of personal learning networks as a way that our students are now learning outside of school (even though they may not consider it as learning) and how this has implications for the ways in which we view learning. He thinks that in order for us to understand how are students are learning, we have embrace this kind of learning too.\n
  • Common craft videos by Lee Lefever. Very low-tech explanations of how things work. This video is actually a bit dated now, but the general concept behind how twitter works is the same. However for many people, Twitter has moved beyond glorified status updates. Here’s how Alec Couros explains how teachers might use Twitter.\n
  • Alec Couros is a professor of ed tech at University of Regina, and a fabulous person to follow on Twitter. He’s so popular within the educational community on Twitter that 75 people from all over the world all collaborated on a video for his 40th birthday this year.\n
  • Get everyone to go to to set up an account if they haven’t already done so. \n
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  • What does it mean to “follow” someone? Similar to being “friends” with someone on facebook, although my facebook friends are more likely to be real-life friends. I have friends on Twitter but most of the people I follow on Twitter are people who share similar interests and who have contributed to my learning in some way. \n
  • Tweets are not like email. Don’t feel you need to read every tweet in your feed. \n
  • It can be an entry point into Twitter if you’re not entirely comfortable expressing your own thoughts yet. It can also be a way to gain new followers because you’re showing someone you like their idea. It can also get a little annoying if all you do is retweet other people’s ideas.\n
  • If you put a # directly followed by a key word it allows people to search for all tweets using that keyword. Can be used to follow tweets on a particular topic like #tweettheresults or #elxn41 . Allows you to participate in chats: #engchat. #FF\n
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  • The cool thing about Twitter is that you can communicate with students and parents in a completely transparent way. My advice is, if you want to use Twitter for this purpose, let them follow you but don’t follow them. If you don’t follow them you can only send public messages back and forth. Blocking undesirable followers is easy.\n
  • \nPrincipals to follow: @gcouros, @shannoninottawa, @bhsprincipal, @NMHS_Principal, @MrWejr\nList: @gcouros/connected-principals\n
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    1. 1. TWITTER FOR TEACHERS Using Social Media to Develop a PLN
    2. 2. NORMS• BYOD• Learn how you like• This is your PD photo credit:akphotos
    3. 3. TODAY’S AGENDA• What is a PLN? • Tweeting links/media• Twitter in Plain English • Twitter Etiquette• The Basics • Twitter in the Classroom• What does it mean to • Clients/apps “Follow” someone? • Cautions• DMs @ and RT• Hashtags
    4. 4. WHAT’S A PLN? Personal Learning Network photo credit: juliaf
    5. 5. PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORKS @willrich45
    6. 6. TWITTER IN PLAIN ENGLISH @CommonCraft
    7. 7. TWITTER FOR TEACHERS @corousa
    8. 8. THE BASICS
    9. 9. SIGNING UP FOR AN ACCOUNT• Pick a short name• Fill out your bio• Upload a picture (preferably a real one)
    10. 10. CONNECTING• Follow someone you know• Type a message like: @danikabarker Just joined Twitter. Looking to connect.• Hit enter or the send button.
    11. 11. DIFFERENT TWEETS•@Messages: direct your message to someone’s attention.Anyone can see them. Recipients don’t have to follow you.They look like this: @danikabarker Hi! What’s up?•DMessages: can only be sent to people who follow you. Canonly be seen by the recipient.They look like this: D danikabarker Hi! What’s up?
    12. 12. RETWEETS• RT: Retweeting is a way to forward interesting tweets or links to your followers.
    13. 13. HASHTAGS #RCAC11
    14. 14. TWEETING MEDIA• Shortening Links:• Images: Twitpic• Music:,
    15. 15. TWITTER ETIQUETTE• You don’t have to follow someone just because they follow you.
    16. 16. TWITTER ETIQUETTE I just had a delicious bowl of oatmeal! Nom nom nom! • Avoid overly personal/ religious/political/ mundane tweets
    17. 17. TWITTER ETIQUETTE Just voted teacher of the year--again!• It’s okay to share your accomplishments, but do so sparingly
    18. 18. TWITTER IN THE CLASSROOM• Current Events• Media Literacy• Backchannelling• Role-playing• Updates/homework reminders
    19. 19. CLIENTS/APPS• Tweetie• Twittelator• Twitteriffic• Twitter• Tweetdeck
    20. 20. CAUTIONS• Following Students• Keep it professional• Spam/undesirable followers
    21. 21. RESOURCES• Twitter for Teachers • Education hashtags: #edchat, #engchat (English),• Mashable’s Twitter Guide #spedchat (spec. ed.), #ntchat (new teacher),• Visible Tweets #cpchat (connected principals)• Shelley Terrell’s PLN site • • OCT Social Media Advisory