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Josie Fraser - Twitter Workshop - getting started (March 2014)


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An introductory workshop for UK school staff getting started with Twitter for professional development

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Josie Fraser - Twitter Workshop - getting started (March 2014)

  1. 1. Twitter for educators: Create your Twitter presence! #digilitleic @josiefraser March 2014
  2. 2. This session will get you up and running with Twitter, and will cover the basics of creating a profile, understanding Twitter conventions, and finding and connecting to others. Josie Fraser March 2014
  3. 3. Twitter Twitter is a microblogging service which lets users share updates, information and resources Twitter in 30 Seconds Josie Fraser March 2014
  4. 4. Three basic online identities • Personal • Professional • Organisational SocialTech: Personal - Professional - Organisational: three basic online identities (2009) Josie Fraser March 2014
  5. 5. Department for Education: Teachers’ Standards Effective from 1 September 2012 Part Two: Personal and professional conduct A teacher is expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct. Josie Fraser March 2014
  6. 6. Top tips for managing your online presence • Don’t drink & tweet • Check information before you share it • Give credit where credit is due • Think about who you connect to & promote • RTs may not constitute an endorsement but many people will assume they do • Friending students, parents & carers? Josie Fraser March 2014
  7. 7. Basics • Username - think short & sweet • Avatar • Bio • Location • URL • Custom background • Public/private Josie Fraser March 2014
  8. 8. Avatar – pre-workshop task Please make sure you have created and have access to an image that you can use for your Twitter avatar - the picture that will represent you - prior to the workshop. Your avatar could be a photograph of you ('selfies' - or photographs you take of yourself - are completely acceptable), a picture of something more abstract (a robot, kittens, kitten robots...), or you can use one of the many only avatar generators (Google for these - I particularly like the Lego minifig ones like ). 1. Take a look at Twitter - which avatars do you think work best? What kind of backgrounds do your favourite avatars have? How are the pictures you like best cropped? 2. Think about your Twitter Avatar as a professional representation of yourself. This doesn't mean you can't have any fun with it - but pick something you would be comfortable with students, parents and other school staff seeing. 3. Pick a picture. If this isn't a picture you have taken yourself - think about copyright! Do you have permission to use this picture? 4. Polish it up. Cropping an image can make it look very different. Pic Monkey is a great free way of tweaking your photos: - You don't have to edit your picture, but if you are fussy about how your head or robot kitten looks, this step can be fun. 5. Mail your image to yourself, so that when you are in the workshop, you can access it via a web based email account. Alternatively, save it to a USB stick and bring that along. Josie Fraser March 2014
  9. 9. Twitter Bio Generator Josie Fraser March 2014 Probably best to create your own
  10. 10. Profile Josie Fraser March 2014
  11. 11. Your microbio: 160 characters • People search – other users will look at your bio when they are deciding if they should follow you • Machine search - you are searchable by your bio in Twitter and other search engines • Think about context – third party services you link to your account may use your bio – i.e. the same text maybe used on another site Josie Fraser March 2014
  12. 12. Task 1: Create your microbio Use this time to write your bio. • Check the spelling! • What do you do? • What are you interested in/passionate about/an expert on? • Hashtags? Josie Fraser March 2014
  13. 13. Sign up! Josie Fraser March 2014
  14. 14. Josie Fraser March 2014
  15. 15. obligatory celebrity signup
  16. 16. Josie Fraser March 2014 You can unfollow obligatory celebrity signups here
  17. 17. Desktop tour • Home • Connect • #Discover • Me > Unfollow • Search • Direct Message • Settings & help > Edit Profile • > Security & privacy • Compose new Tweet Josie Fraser March 2014
  18. 18. Basics • Username • Avatar • Bio • Location • URL • Custom background • Public/private Josie Fraser March 2014
  19. 19. Desktop tour • Home • Connect • #Discover • Me > Unfollow • Search • Direct Message • Settings & help > Edit Profile • > Security & privacy • Compose new Tweet Josie Fraser March 2014
  20. 20. Task 2 – send your first tweet • Swap usernames with someone in the group • Send a message, starting with @username, and include the hashtag #digilitleic Josie Fraser March 2014
  21. 21. Task 3 – Twitter basics worksheet • Work in teams of two • Complete the sheet – the names of the six tweet elements highlighted, and what they do • Sheets will be swapped for marking! Josie Fraser March 2014
  22. 22. Task 3 – Twitter basics worksheet
  23. 23. Key conventions The at: @ The retweet: RT The hashtag: # The direct message: DM The url shortner: Josie Fraser March 2014
  24. 24. Follower/following • Don’t follow too many people too quickly – take your time • You don’t have to follow everyone who follows you • You can check who doesn’t follow you back – Google ‘check Twitter followers’ to see a range of services Josie Fraser March 2014
  25. 25. Task 4 - Finding people to follow Josie Fraser March 2014 In this task we are going to use Twitter’s search feature as a simple way of finding interesting people to follow. Search by keyword – try searching for your subject area, or for topics that are particularly interesting to you. Try using hashtags. Find at least three people to follow. If you have time, look at who the people you find follow. You can do this by clicking on the ‘following’ button on their profile. Share a recommendation with the group.
  26. 26. Task 4 - Finding people to follow Josie Fraser March 2014
  27. 27. Thank you! @josiefraser