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Twitter for educators - Why Start Now

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Presentation for University of Lethbridge pre-service teachers, exploring the professional benefits of Twitter and he basics related to its use.

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Twitter for educators - Why Start Now

  1. 1. Twitter for Educators: Why Start Now? Education Undergraduate Society Kurtis Hewson University of Lethbridge @hewsonk27 Join the conversation at #edteach
  2. 2. Additional Resources • http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com – Related additional resources and further information • Twitter for Pre-Service Teachers – Scoop.It page with resources, videos and other things related to Twitter • http://edteachchat.wordpress.com – Bi-weekly Twitter chat for pre-service teachers – follow the website or get involved
  3. 3. Tweeters in the Room
  4. 4. Essential Questions • Why start now? • How do I start an account? • What are some basic terms/features to know • What are some ways I can get started Tweeting? • What are hashtags? • What are chats? • What are Twitter Clients?
  5. 5. Why Start Now • Establish a network (PLN) of other educators and supports prior to entering your first classroom • Find information fast and keep current of trends and resources • Develop and strengthen technology skills • Network – open doors to connections and possible contacts
  6. 6. Why Twitter? Sharing from Tweeters in the room…
  7. 7. Starting an Account • Go to http://twitter.com • Consider: • Choose your name wisely – consider your “brand” for a uniform on-line presence • Complete your profile, including a blog address • Include profile details that will be informative to other professionals and capture you as a professional • Begin tweeting and following others
  8. 8. Some basics RT – Retweet (passing along someone else’s tweet) – shares with an increasing circle of followers @ – Reply (references the initial author or directly sends the tweet to another user (but seen by all followers) Shortened URL – used to shorten long url’s (Twitter Clients do this automatically, or go to https://bitly.com) # – Hashtag (posts the tweet on a list that many more people may follow) – distributes the tweet to a larger, often particular audience Direct Message – same as an email to a Twitter follower – only seen by the message recipient
  9. 9. What Should I Tweet? • Retweet others (great way to start) • Links/resources that you find valuable • Blog posts you’ve created • Comments on other posts/resources • Interesting quotes • During presentations • Questions you have • Insights you have • Thanks to those that follow
  10. 10. Hashtags • Great way to follow a topic or get a tweet out to a wider audience • Will begin to observe frequently used or useful hashtags – #edteach, #abed, #edchat, #ntchat • Great for creating a conversation/backchannel • Used for chats
  11. 11. Chats • Utilize hashtags • Formal chats scheduled on pre-determined topics (list on the blog) • Can view past chats online • Can “participate” or just observe • #edteach – every other Tuesday, 6 pm MST • #ntchat – Wednesday, 6 pm MST • Establish your own chats
  12. 12. Twitter Clients • Make it easy to utilize Twitter on your desktop or mobile device • View multiple social media platforms
  13. 13. Next Steps • Moderate a Twitter chat - #edteach • Utilize Twitter with your hand-held device • Use a Twitter client to follow hashtags • Pictures/exemplars • Begin building lists • Suggest who to follow - #ff • Connect your online presence
  14. 14. Questions and Further Support • Questions?? • http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com • Follow me @hewsonk27 • List of U of L Education students – @hewsonk27/u-of-l-education-students

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