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Mary Harriet Talbut
2:45 - 4:15 Breakout Session 3
Dempster 105

David Letterman Doesn‟t Get it

So What is it?

So What is it?
Micro-blogging Platform  140 character limit in each tweet  Originally started as a “What are you doing” social media platform (think just Facebook‟s status updates), but now it‟s much more  Over 6 million users  Started in 2006
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Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
1. Together we‟re better
Twitter directories are excellent places to find other Twitter users just like you. Good education directories to try include Just Tweet It and Educators on Twitter.

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
2. Global or local: you choose

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
3. Self-awareness and reflective practice

Ask questions
Twitter is a great place to get opinions and ideas from fellow teachers. Don‟t be afraid to ask questions and learn as much as you can.

Answer questions
If you have knowledge to share, by all means share it.

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
4. Ideas workshop and sounding board  As a further example, I tweeted whilst writing this post:  Within minutes various kind followers had responded with suggestions, including:  Whilst Twitter users do not have to use it synchronously like instant messanging software, the tool does lend itself well to quick responses.

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
5. Newsroom and innovation showcase
Create a classroom account
There is no rule saying that you can‟t have more than one Twitter account. You can have your own as well as a classroom account specifically for students and parents.

Use Twitter in the classroom
There are many different ways to use Twitter in the classroom. You can post updates for students and parents. You can also encourage students to collaborate through Twitter while they are in the classroom.

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
6. Professional development and critical friends

“Following smart people on Twitter is like a mental shot of espresso”

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
7. Quality-assured searching

Remember, your experience on Twitter is only as high quality as the people who you follow and the information you share.

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
8. Communicate, communicate, communicate

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter
9. Getting with the times has never been so easy!

Twitter can be connected to your cell phone so that you can post and receive updates via SMS (text messaging). Twitter
doesn‟t charge anything to do this–however, your cell carrier will. You might want to make sure you have unlimited texting to avoid a large, unexpected bill.

Basic Twitter Terms
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DM - direct message RT - retweet #topic - hashtag used for threads @username - reply to another user TinyURL.com - a website that shortens the URL so you can fit it in your tweet

Basic Twitter Terms
For general posts To reply to someone use the „@‟ symbol, then their Twitter username, e.g.
eg: @ramskill your message, whatever it may be

Either log in and type your Tweet in the message box on the Twitter website, or use the message box in your desktop app (140 characters is the maximum length of message).

Bear in mind that this reply can be seen publically, by your followers and the followers of who you are replying to.

Basic Twitter Terms
To „Retweet‟ repost a Tweet from someone else To send a private direct message to someone

use „RT‟, a space, the „@‟ symbol, then their Twitter username, e.g.
eg: RT @ramskill your message, whatever it may be

use ‘D’, a space, then their Twitter username, e.g.
eg: D ramskill your message, whatever it may be

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Focus on quality, not quantity Promote your blog posts, ideas Interact (most important)
Ask Questions  Retweet other people‟s interesting tweets  Share links to articles & blog posts
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Don‟t spam people or use auto DM feature

How to Use Twitter Effectively

Don‟t share too much personal info (avoid stating what you had for breakfast, etc.)

Get Started

Where to look for followers?
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Teachers who use Twitter with their students here Twitter for professional development here Twibes Missouri Teacher Twibe Twitter4Teachers Wiki here

Last Thoughts
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Sue Waters also has a fantastic wiki which gives a lot of information about using Twitter and is well worth a visit, and you can follow her on Twitter. Beware of tweeting from school Some schools have policies that bar teachers from using social media sites while they are at work. Be sure to check your employee handbook before using Twitter on the job.

http://www.twitter/mhtalbut

Resources
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This is the link for Twitter.edu or 100 great Twitter feeds to follow http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2009/twitteredu-100-excellent-educational-twitter-feeds/ This is a blog discussing Best Practices of a Twitter enhanced High School Classroom http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/2009/05/best-practices-in-twitter-enhanced-high.html Using Twitter to overcome Classroom isolation http://tinyurl.com/pwjjxp http://www.linkedin.com/news?actionBar=&sik=1243084993447&aIdx=0&articleID=32319246 Twitter tips for Teachers and Educators 30 Twitter Tips for Teachers http://www.diigo.com/annotated/9a613e1a9ddb438b2d3f2dad904c4d85

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http://www.soyouwanttoteach.com/30-twitter-tips-for-teachers/

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The Networked Teacher http://educationinnovation.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/06/leveraging-the-networkedteacher-the-professional-networked-learning-collaborative.html 10 Things Teachers should know to get started with Twitter http:/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbfZvyzDSYU&eurl=http://mashable.com/2009/05/31/late-nighttv/&feature=player_embedded Top 7 Twitter Videos on YouTube Teachers and Twitter http://mashable.com/2009/05/31/twitter-tutorials-youtube/

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http://mrslwalker.com/?p=79620905 /azk12.org/blog/archives/46-10-Things-Teachers-Should-Know-to-Get-Started-with-

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