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Twitter presentation Summit 2012

  1. 1. Twitter SessionAre you ready to tweet?OCSB SummitDecember 8, 2012Presented by:Tanya Alvarez & Maria Calarco(@alvareztany) (@mscalarco)
  2. 2. What is Twitter?Twitter is an online social networking service used by millionsof people to send short messages to groups of friends. Twitterusers can send and read text-based messages of up to 140characters.Follow this link for an online user manual created by PeteCashmore @Mashable:
  3. 3. Todays Goals: Step 1: Educators Account Step 2: Classroom Account Step 3: Connect Your Class Globally
  4. 4. Why Should Educators Use Twitter?Do you want to join in the conversation with other amazingeducators around the world? Twitter is a great place toconnect, communicate, collaborate & create!Take control of your PLN! ● Share resources with other educators ● Participate in real-time online Professional Development ● Communicate with parents ● Get updates from other educational organizations
  5. 5. Step 1: Creating an Account● go to● choose your name (real name, or interest name, or organization)● choose a password - 6 characters or more● add your profile information, edit your bio, add a picture, include a link to your blog or website...● be selective on who to follow (what are your interests?)● you can block people● find 1 person & see who they follow● its ok to be a lurker● tweet: articles, links, resources, questions, answers,● take & give
  6. 6. Who should I follow?@tdottawa @mscalarco @llangsford@rolat @alvareztany @nathalier71@mrsmartel2 @edutopia @slackt@cybraryman1 @discoveryed @nhms_principal@ottcatholicsb @simoneroliver
  7. 7. Twitter Lingo Follow Following @Sign DM: direct message #Hashtag RT: retweet
  8. 8. Educational Hashtags #The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to markkeyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter usercan follow topics with hashtags or create a #.Those hashtags (usually) mean something andare a great way to get a tweet to appear insearch results or discussion monitoring.Todays Hashtag is #summit10Educational Hashtags
  9. 9. Guidelines & Best Practices● Personal, Professional and Classroom Accounts● Use appropriate language● Think before tweeting or retweeting!● Your profile is open for all to see - but you can make your account private (your tweets).● Be respectful. Be fair. Be accurate.● Give credit (via, @mention)
  10. 10. Step 2: Classroom Account● start simple: ex: communicate with parents● end of the day tweet: "What did you learn today?"● to lock or not? pics or no pics● get parent consent● teach digital citizenship & safety to your students before you start tweeting● open a class account, use an avatar pic (clayyourself)● learn with another classrooms● ask questions (authors, scientists, museums, etc)
  11. 11. What Skills Will My Students Develop?● summarizing skills● writing skills● communication skills (start conversation with others)● collaboration skills● reading skills (making connections, comparing & contrasting)● digital citizenship● geography● numeracy skills● tweet our learning, discoveries, questions● connect (authors, classes, parents)
  12. 12. Linking Twitter with Education•Twitter is a way of establishing relationships which enable us toexchange links, share interests, spread news and chat (Twitter UserGuide).•Using Twitter to engage a young audience is perfectly suited tokindergarten-aged students because of its simple format that is well-suited to the attention spans and language skills of young students (Miss.Night’s Marbles Blog).•An interesting and feasible way to develop literacy (Ana Dominguez).•Twitter is highly mobile. It provides classroom chatter, creates classroomcommunity, learn a sense of the world, provides instant feedback andallows us to maximize the teachable moments (Twitter for Academia).
  13. 13. Moving from Teacher-Directed toStudent-Directed
  14. 14. Student-Driven TweetsTo demonstrate to the parents when their child is writing the tweet on their own, Icreated a hashtag (#SKTWEET). It reminds us that the student is writing the tweetby themselves. In addition, it provides me with an opportunity to assess thestudents’ thinking, writing and reading skills and abilities!
  15. 15. Step 3: Global Projects#werememberocsb#signsoffall#lunchbox#decocsb
  16. 16. How to use Twitter in the Classrom?60 ideasSimple Ways to Use Twitter
  17. 17. Are You a Twitter Beginner? Follow this link for 100’s of tips, apps and resources for teachers on Twitter! http://www.onlinecollegedegrees. org/2009/03/19/100-tips-apps-and- resources-for-teachers-on-twitter/