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									Twitter for Educators

     Eric Sheninger
           Web 2.0 Defined
 The term Web 2.0 is associated with web
  applications that facilitate participatory
  information sharing, user-generated content,
  and collaboration on the World Wide Web.
 A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and
  collaborate with each other in social media
  spaces as creators of content in a virtual
  community, in contrast to websites where users
  (consumers) are limited to the passive viewing
  of content that was created for them.
How the Web Has Changed
How the Web Has Changed
Web 2.0 Tools Help You:
Web 2.0 as a Multi-Dimensional




Specific Examples of Web 2.0
 Blogs     Wikis       Videos   Photos

   Bookmarking     Voice   Networks
 Free Web 2.0 social networking service
 Commonly referred to as “micro-blogging”
 Send and receive short messages called
 Motto – “Follow your interests”
Why Twitter?
Why Twitter?
   Getting Started with Twitter
 Sign up for a free account at
  Getting Started With Twitter
 Your profile is extremely important! Make sure
  1. Add a real photo for your avatar
  2. Link to a website (i.e. personal, blog,
     LinkedIn profile, school, etc.)
  3. Include your interests in your Bio, some of
     which should be professional

   This video will guide you through creating a
   free account
             Profile/Bio   Followers



  Getting Started With Twitter
My Bio:

Principal of New Milford HS (NJ): NASSP National Digital
Principal Award Winner (2012), Google Certified Teacher,
Adobe Education Leader, Author, Speaker

New Milford, NJ/S.Y., NY
             Twitter Basics
 Messages you send on Twitter are called
 A tweet can only be 140 characters or less
 Tweets can be links to resources, status
  updates, asking for help or feedback,
  questions/answers, topics for discussion,
  articles, pictures, videos, announcements, etc.
Twitter Basics
Some Useful Definitions
     The Language of Twitter
@    Reply sent to a specific person, but visible
     to everyone.

RT   Re-Tweet or resending another persons
     tweet (similar to forwarding an email).
     Retweets are a very important aspect of
     Twitter as they allow interesting ideas,
     news, and resources to spread quickly.
    The Language of Twitter
D   Direct message sent in private to a
    specific person. You can only direct
    message (DM) a person who is following
#   Hashtags allow users to designate a
    topic and track specific conversations.
    Can click on # to open up a separate
    window with tweets specific to a certain
      Example of a Reply and/or
           Mention (@)
Reply: @NMHS_Principal Hope you are doing well sir
  Example of a Retweet (RT)
Retweet: RT @GaryM: STEM Resources for Teachers &
Students: #science
   Sending a Direct Message
Direct message:     Click here at
 Sending a Direct Message (DM)
Select to send a DM

                      Enter username

Hashtags (#)
                 Hashtags (#)
There are #hash tagged days, events, and conversations
that pertain to educators. Conferences will also use a # so
that participants can follow virtually.


      #teachertuesday: recommendations of teachers
      to follow

      #edchat: global conversation on a specific
      education issue voted and decided by all of us
      (occurs every Tuesday at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
         Hashtags (#)
#followfriday: recommendations of all
stakeholders in education and beyond to

#edtech: conversations, resources, and news
related to educational technology

#cpchat: conversations, resources, and news
related to principals and leadership
     Examples of Tweets with

Use of case studies as a student-centered approach to
learning #edchat #cpchat

The Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom Tech
Tools #edtech
Click on the # to open up a separate tab
             Twitter Help Center
 Visit the Twitter Help Center for detailed support

 For the basics of Twitter
  Why Should Educators Use
 Improve Instruction
 Professional Growth (PLN)
 Free
 Accessible 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet of 3G
 Can use a variety of devices to access (computer, tablet,
  smart phone)
 Numerous 3rd party applications to enhance your experience
             Why Use Twitter
 Improve instruction
  1. Global collaboration
  2. Sharing and acquiring resources (websites, research,
     current events, images, videos, lesson plans, etc.)
  3. Knowledge acquisition: People are eager to answer
     questions because they can learn from the shared
     experience. Quick way to find a URL to an activity,
     strategy, or information.
  4. Professional growth through the formation of a Personal
     Learning Network (PLN)
           Why Use Twitter
5. Quick networking: One question asked may draw
   responses from a host of people from all over the world.
   If you have a solid number of followers in your PLN,
   some are bound to check their Twitter feed when a query
   is posed
6. Track conferences: Twitter can help you stay abreast of
   what’s going on at conferences if you can’t attend in
   person. If you are at a conference with numerous great
   sessions a twittering educator can fill you in. To avoid
   multitasking during an exceptional presentation you can
   review conference feeds later.
   Reasons to Create a PLN With
 Search for information
 Reflective practice
 Global and local perspectives
 Instant feedback
 Showcase
 Newsroom
 Professional development
 Together we are better
Ask a Question on Twitter
     Who Should You Follow?
 Authors (
 Professional Groups (
 Organizations (
 Interests (
 Educational leaders (

Look at who they follow and their follows to build your PLN!
          Best way to begin is to “lurk and learn”
  Educators Around the World are
          Using Twitter
 Check out this wiki
 Google Doc of teachers who use Twitter

 Twitter-Using Educators group on LinkedIn
 See who is using popular hashtags (#edchat, #cpchat,
  #edtech, #edreform)
      Schools Are Using Twitter
             Access to Twitter
 Application on computer: allow you to establish
  categories, shorten URL’s
   Tweetdeck (
   Hootsuite (
   Seesmic (
 Mobile phone application
 SMS text message via cell phone
Access to Twitter
        Twitter Best Practices
 As with any social networking tool, remember your role
  within the school community when tweeting.

 Use common sense and think before posting to the
  Internet. Anything you tweet can be accessed,
  adapted, and archived.

 Keep your personal and professional life separate
 Twitter is a Powerful Web 2.0
“A whole new Web is emerging from the wilds of
cyberspace. It’s no longer all about idly surfing and
passively reading, listening, or watching. It’s about doing,
sharing, socializing, collaborating, and, most of all

- Business Week (September 26, 2005)
Use Twitter as your gateway to the
        world of Web 2.0
 Communicating and Connecting with Social Media
  (Solution Tree) http://www.solution-
 Twitter for Educators: A Beginners Guide

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