1. Create atmosphere that
2. Foster collaboration.
3. Be open to new ideas.
4. Be a connected learner
5. Locate and provide
6. Take risks.
7. Have a visionary focus.
One Principal's PLN Journey
Administrators and teachers need to begin to
embrace the effective use of social media for
their own professional growth, to create
authentic learning environments that engage
students, and to utilize the expertise of
professionals in a variety of content areas. The
one thing that Twitter and social media has
taught me is that people truly want to share their
ideas, knowledge, and experiences for the
~Eric Sheninger, Principal of New Milford HS (NJ),
"Twitter is not about
the tweet; it's about
~Lisa Neilsen, @InnovativeEdu
● share and collect resources
● offer inspiring quotes
● engage in educational
discussions (i.e. #edchat,
● back-channel for meetings and
conferences (with #hashtag)
● report out key learnings from
conferences (with #hashtag)
● Use Twitter client and follow
the tweets associated with
topics of interest: i.e, school
● solicit feedback from
● brand organization and
Making the Most of . . .
● Join a conversation (#edchat, #cpchat,
● RT and Reply
● Follow other educators
● Pay attention
● Be intentional and purposeful
● Follow Don's Top 12
● Comb the Twitteriffic Resources
Who's Who in the Twittersphere: Top
Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal
Deron Durflinger @derondurflinger
George Couros @gcouros
Patrick Larkin @bhsprincipal
Chris Lehmann @chrislehman
Dave Meister @phsprincipal
Brian Nichols @bjnichols
Christ Lindholm @clindhol
John Robinson @21stprincipal
Steven Anderson @web20classroom
Lisa Nielsen @InnovativeEdu
Don Lourcey@dlourcey (shameless, I know!)
Derek McCoy @mccoyderek
"We're winning the war of the tool....now give
people models to transform schools."
What do we
Every accomplishment starts
with a decision to try. Anon
Key Considerations for Connected Growth
Is what I’m doing essential?
Who are you connecting with?
How will you connect with them?
When will you share?
Schedule Your Tweets
Monitor your RTs, DMs
Find and share your info
● @: The @ mark goes in front of someone’s username on Twitter.
● Follow Adding them to your Twitter reading list. Their tweets will
appear automatically. The opposite is “unfollow.”
● Direct message/DM: Private message between you and the
person who gets it.
● Follower: Someone who follows your account, receives your
updates. This is petty casual. Have to follow to DM
● Reply : Answering a message sent to you. Starts with a
@username. Only people who are following both you and other
person will see it.
● Spam: Often DMs from accounts that have been hacked. Remedy change password
● Timeline/stream: The list of new tweets/messages that you get
from the people you follow.
● Tweet: Posting something to Twitter/writing a message on
● Retweet or RT: To post what someone else wrote again. Done by
clicking a retweet button or by typing your own, which is useful.
You can add content to RTs.
○ MT: Changing wording of original RT