Twitter is one of the most powerful professional development resources available to educators today. Creating a PLN (Personal Learning Network) of like-minded or not-so-like-minded professionals is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to challenge our own thinking. Twitter is also a powerful way for teachers to share ideas and resources with one another, and can even be used with students in the classroom.
Twitter does have a learning curve, however! Hashtags, TweetDeck, Direct Messaging, 140 characters, @... it all has a place in the Twitterverse.
Here are some resources to get you started:
- "Twitter in 60 Seconds" (video)
- "Twitter in D123" (video)
- Twitter Handbook for Teachers: Powerful Learning Practice (PDF)
- "The Twitteraholic's Ultimate Guide to tweetes, hashtags, and all things Twitter" (blog post)
- "Twitter" by Cybrary Man (website full of Twitter resources)
- "The 2012 A-Z List of Educational Twitter Hastags" (blog post)
- "My Twitter Engagement Formula" (blog post)
- "25 Ways to Teach With Twitter" (blog post)
- "Fostering Creative Thought Through Tweets" (blog post)
To complete a Twitter badge:
- Create a Twitter account
- Follow me @aliciaduell (once you follow me, I will follow you)
- Follow at least 10 other people
- Find, follow and participate in at least three hashtag discussions (eg. #edchat, #engchat, etc.)
- Make at least 20 tweets, loosely following Angela Maier's "Twitter Engagement Formula" (70% Sharing Resources, 20% Collaboration, 10% Chit-Chat)
- Post about your experiences on the Tech Troop 208 blog
- Suggested: use the Google Chrome browser and add the TweetDeck extension. You can have columns for your Twitter feed in addition to any hastag (#) discussions or people (@) you're following!