Creating a PLN Using Twitter

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February 21, 2014

Creating a PLN Using Twitter

This session will give you the tools you need to understand, experience and effectively use Twitter as a professional learning tool, and in your classroom teaching. Focused on practical, simple experiences, I will show you the value of this amazing learning tool! (It is recommended participants sign up for a Twitter account before attending)

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Derek Keenan

February 21, 2014
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  1. Derek Keenan! Rocky View Schools @mrdkeenan mrkeenan@gmail.com mrkeenan.ca Creating a

    PLN using Twitter (or how to crowdsource your learning) This session will give you the tools you need to understand, experience and effectively use Twitter as a professional learning tool, and in your classroom teaching. Focused on practical, simple experiences, I will show you the value of this amazing learning tool! (It is recommended participants sign up for a Twitter account before attending)
  2. Social Professional Learning • Master’s Capstone focused on Social Professional

    Learning • Have been using Twitter as an educator for over four years. • We will come back to this model:
  3. Two Directions • First I will discuss how Twitter has

    become an exceptional professional learning tool for teachers. • If we have time, I will give some quick tips on integrating Twitter into student learning.
  4. What is a PLN? • Personalized Learning Network ! •

    Educational Tool ! • Social Media & Technology ! • Expanded Network ! • 24 - 7
  5. What is Twitter? • Twitter is a ‘micro-blogging’ site that

    allows for simple sharing of text, videos, pictures and more… • It is simple to use and very informative, which is why it has gained popularity in recent years.
  6. a short instructional video…

  7. Basic functions on Twitter • Tweeting - Once your account

    is set up, you can type in this box and speak your mind to the world, 140 characters at a time!
  8. Basic functions on Twitter • @ Tweeting to people -

    Use the @ symbol in front of a Twitter username to include that person in your comment.
  9. A Tweet Tweet not directed at a particular person Tweet

    directed at a particular person Be aware that ALL of your followers see every tweet you send. If you want to send privately, you will send a Direct Message (DM). ! “Do not tweet anything you would not shout from the rooftops.”
  10. Interacting With a Tweet If you like a tweet you

    read, want to read it later, or keep it as a resource, Click “Favorite” If you read a tweet and think your followers would like to read or should read, Click “Retweet” If you read a tweet and would like to write something back to the tweep, Click “Reply”
  11. Basic functions on Twitter • # Hashtags - Think of

    a hashtag as a bookshelf for Twitter, it organizes subjects and topics • …the 21st Century Dewey Decimal system!
  12. Basic functions on Twitter • Twitter Search - Supports you

    in finding topics of interest, you can search whatever topic you wish. • You can also search hashtags and usernames
  13. Twitter Terms • Retweet (RT) sharing a tweet someone else

    has posted, with no changes. • Modified Tweet (MT) sharing a tweet someone else has posted with an addition or deletion. • Direct Message (DM) this allows you to tweet an individual user without other followers or users seeing it.
  14. What are teachers using Twitter for?

  15. Purpose • What do you want to get out of

    Twitter? • This is what I was missing when I first started. • Start with a question.
  16. Comfort • Use walkthroughs • Have a “Twitter Date” with

    friends and invite someone who uses it • Start slow and ‘Lurk’ • Follow first Lurking is a term in social media for following conversations or chats without participating, not for being creepy.
  17. Joining Conversations • Once you have followed some chats: #NTchat

    #Edchat #Satchat #nT2t you will understand the structure • generally works by Question and Answer (Q1….A1)
  18. Let’s Try It • This always depends on the network,

    but we will try and have a quick chat right now. • Using your account, post a message that uses the hashtag #twitterPL • Do a Twitter search for the tag #twitterPL • I am going to ask a question “Q1” in the chat, reply by using “A1” and the #twitterPL hashtag
  19. Cultivating Connections • Have conversations with those you follow, and

    your followers. • Discussions are often asynchronous • Offer suggestions for #ff (follow Friday) and suggest resources you know, including users
  20. Reciprocity • Twitter is generally a very positive place, some

    common courtesies: • Follow those who follow you • Thank people for follows and retweets • Share your expertise with others
  21. Resources • http://www.angelamaiers.com/2011/07/twitter- presentation-and-resources.html • Angela has been working with

    Twitter for many years and has an EXCELLENT collection of resources to get you started. @AngelaMaiers • @cybraryman1 is another great resource, his collection of educational Twitter chats is incredible • http://cybraryman.com/twitter.html
  22. Common Abbreviations • Because of the 140 character limit, many

    users use abbreviations. Here are a few, if you see one on Twitter you don’t understand, ask someone. • Ts - Teachers • Ss - Students • Ps - Parents
  23. ! • “Follow” other Educators: • @MathMinds • @BurgessDave •

    @CybraryMan1 • @fourishingkids • @angelamaiers • @Joe_Mazza @TonyVincent ! @JaimeVanderg ! @Alicekeeler ! @felixjacomino ! @NMHS_Principal @tomwhitby ! @teachingwthsoul ! @adoyle98 ! @gcouros ! @joebower Some Twitter Educators
  24. Using Twitter in the Classroom • Twitter can also be

    a great resource in the classroom. • Keep in mind that even though there is no age requirement stated for Twitter, their policies say the service is meant for those 13 and older
  25. Connection with Parents • Twitter can be an excellent way

    of sharing information with home about activities at school • using a class #hashtag can be a useful tool • remember what we’ve already discussed about privacy and careful posting
  26. Students on Twitter • If your students are interested, they

    can use Twitter to ‘backchannel’ in the classroom • I have also sent students out into the “real world” to tweet back information we used the next day in class • Colleges and Universities are using Twitter to support new teachers through chats like #ntchat
  27. Special thanks! to Angela Maiers @AngelaMaiers, Jenny Nauman @PrincipalNauman, and

    Kristin Gray @MathMinds! for their wonderful resources and support.
  28. 10 things you didn’t know about Twitter

  29. Derek Keenan! Rocky View Schools @mrdkeenan mrkeenan@gmail.com mrkeenan.ca Creating a

    PLN using Twitter (or how to crowdsource your learning) This session will give you the tools you need to understand, experience and effectively use Twitter as a professional learning tool, and in your classroom teaching. Focused on practical, simple experiences, I will show you the value of this amazing learning tool! (It is recommended participants sign up for a Twitter account before attending)