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  1. 1. Tweet<br />Ms E. Gregory<br />School District #74 (Gold Trail)<br />April 2011<br />
  2. 2. Learning Intentions<br />To learn how social media can be used:<br />As a communication tool<br />For professional development<br />To learn about social media in the context of digital citizenship<br />To explore Twitter<br />To ask questions!<br />The Shape of the Workshop…<br />
  3. 3. Start with a shout out<br />A good way to illustrate Twitter as a communication tool<br />Can show the power of the personal learning network (PLN) and the reach of a simple tweet<br />A shout out is when you ask others to say hi and tell where they’re from<br />Sometimes a simple question is asked too<br />
  4. 4. What is Twitter?<br />A social networking and microblogging service<br />Allows users to send and read messages called ‘tweets’<br />140 characters<br />Based in San Francisco<br />Started in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey as a way to communicate within a company<br />Users worldwide (~200 million)<br />65 million tweets a day<br />800 000 searches per day<br />Replacing (?) Google as a way to search<br />
  5. 5. Why sign up?<br />Practical, efficient communication tool<br />A major way to find out what’s happening<br />Death of Bin Laden<br />Canadian Election #elxn41<br />Practical, powerful professional development<br />Learn anytime<br />Good way to find resources<br />Follow conference tweets #edtechbc, #iste, #itsummit<br />Great way to connect with like-minded people<br />
  6. 6. What about teachers/administrators?<br />Role modeling to other staff and students<br />Show people you’re a learner<br />More and more educators, in particular, administrators, who are very active social media users<br />Become part of the conversation!<br />
  7. 7. How does it work?<br />Sign up<br />Fill out your profile with purpose (the world can see!)<br />Important if you want people to follow you, it’s the start of the trust building<br />Link to your blog or website<br />Add a photo or avatar (think personal branding)<br />Start by sending out some tweets!<br />Find some people you’d like to follow<br />Choose with purpose<br />
  8. 8. Some basics<br />Think before you tweet<br />anyone can see it!<br />To send a tweet to someone specific, put @ in front of their twitter name or click reply<br />To send a message only to someone who follows you, use D and a space or click direct message<br />These are private<br />You or the other person can delete them<br />
  9. 9. More basics<br />To retweet is to send out someone else’s tweet crediting them by the RT: in front (or click retweet)<br />A form of flattery and a way to spread information<br />Can block and report spammers or people you don’t want to have access to you on twitter (they can still see your tweets)<br />
  10. 10. Who to Follow?<br />Cybraryman'sPLN Stars<br /><br />Start with a purpose, that will determine who you follow<br />Professional?<br />Personal?<br />You can start by following a few people you know/trust <br />Then see who they follow<br />Use others lists to help you too<br />
  11. 11. Twitter Clients<br />Much easier to use than the Twitter site itself<br />Real time updates<br />Designed to manage your feeds<br />Tweetdeck<br />Seismic<br />Hootsuite<br />Twhirl<br />
  12. 12. Hashtags<br />Popular Education Hashtags<br />Type a # and then a word to create<br />used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet<br />created as a way to categorize messages<br />to filter your twitter feed (#edchat)<br />to search for information (#canucks)<br />Good way to follow pro-d events <br />#bcssa, #edtechbc<br />Great way to find people to follow on ‘Follow Fridays #FF<br />
  13. 13. Helpful sites:<br />A Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter<br />twitter4teachers<br />Why Educators Should Be Using Twitter<br />Twitter Handbook for Teachers<br />Twitter for Teachers<br />
  14. 14. From my viewpoint<br />Transformed recent conference experience<br />Blown my professional mindset wide open<br />I don’t feel isolated anymore<br />Enhancing personal/professional relationships<br />Helps me be a better teacher & a better mom<br />It takes time, try to get following 100 people or send 100 tweets<br />
  15. 15. Thank yous & References<br />My PLN, especially @gcouros & @remi_collins<br />M. Munroe for organizing<br />Wikipedia<br /><br />One on One with Jack Dorsey accessed May 10<br /><br /><br /><br />