Twitter 101 for Educators

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Published on March 4, 2014

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Kurtis Hewson University of Lethbridge @hewsonk27 Twitter 101 for Educators

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Tweeters in the Room

Essential Questions • Why? • How do I start an account? • What are some basic terms/features to know • What are some ways I can get started Tweeting? • What are hashtags? • What are chats? • What are Twitter Clients? • Considerations



Why? Sharing from Tweeters in the room…

Why? • Connect and network • Share and discover resources • Gateway to meaningful professional sharing and collaboration • Stay up to date • Engage with school community

Starting an Account • Go to • Consider: • Choose your name wisely – consider your “brand” for a uniform on-line presence • Complete your profile, including a blog, class or school website address • Include profile details that will be informative to other professionals and capture you as a professional • Begin following others

Some basics RT – Retweet (passing along someone else’s tweet) – shares with an increasing circle of followers @ – Reply (references the initial author or directly sends the tweet to another user (but seen by all followers) # – Hashtag (posts the tweet on a list that many more people may follow) – distributes the tweet to a larger, often particular audience Shortened URL – used to shorten long url’s (Twitter Clients do this automatically, or go to Direct Message – same as an email to a Twitter follower – only seen by the message recipient

What Should I Tweet? • • • • • • • • • Retweet others (great way to start) Links/resources that you find valuable Content you’ve created Comments on other posts/resources Interesting quotes During presentations Questions you have Insights you have Thanks to those that follow

Hashtags • Great way to follow a topic or get a tweet out to a wider audience • Will begin to observe frequently used or useful hashtags – #edteach, #abed, #edchat • Great for creating a conversation/backchannel • Used for chats

Chats • Utilize hashtags • Formal chats scheduled on pre-determined topics (list on the blog) • Can view past chats online • Can “participate” or just observe • Establish your own chats

Twitter Clients • Make it easy to utilize Twitter on your desktop or mobile device • View multiple social media platforms Tweetdeck Hootsuite

Consider Classroom Account

Consider Learning Activities and Materials

Consider Share Student Learning

Consider Engage in Professional Sharing and Dialogue

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