Twitter As A Professional Development Tool

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An introduction to Twitter for educators.

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Twitter As A Professional Development Tool

  1. 1. And how it can help you
  2. 3. Twitter is a Microblogging Tool <ul><li>Found at twitter.com </li></ul><ul><li>Free membership </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing ideas in short form (140 characters or less) </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to “follow” anyone with an account (you see everything they post) </li></ul><ul><li>You will receive teaching tips, suggested resources, lessons that work, as well as news in the education field </li></ul><ul><li>You can post questions, concerns, news. “What interests you.” Those who follow you will see your posts. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Why would educators use it? <ul><li>Simplest form of professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with experts in the education field located all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted feedback and resources from peers </li></ul><ul><li>Get the latest news quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a PLN </li></ul><ul><li>It’s easy and fast </li></ul>
  4. 5. How to Begin Sign up
  5. 6. Set up user name and password
  6. 7. Main Page Type your entry, press update Your Username, Following, Followers Tweets You Receive
  7. 8. Twitter Etiquette <ul><li>Don’t type in all capital letters </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets should be less than 140 characters (128) so they can be retweeted. </li></ul><ul><li>You can reply to anyone by clicking on the arrow next to a tweet, but remember: everyone who follows you can see your tweets </li></ul><ul><li>If you think something is important, retweet by copying post and placing RT @ before it. Always give credit. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about adding to the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>As teachers, professional tone should be norm </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t overtweet </li></ul>
  8. 9. Who to follow? <ul><li>You can search for people by name. </li></ul><ul><li>Those you’ve read, seen at conferences, heard about </li></ul><ul><li>Experts in field (try WeFollow or Twitter for Teachers) links on smmfaculty wiki </li></ul>
  9. 10. You can control who follows you <ul><li>You will receive an email message every time someone requests to follow you. </li></ul><ul><li>You can accept or block. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have spammers following, can eliminate by looking at followers list and eliminating. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Contact Information <ul><li>Created by Lauren M. Bott, Librarian, St. Mary Magdalen School, Wilmington DE </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? [email_address] , Twitter: lbott </li></ul>

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