Twitter For Parents Engaged In Education

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Published on February 28, 2014

Author: travismcnaughton



This workshop is designed for parents and community members wanting to actively engage in the education world via Twitter. In this hands on workshop, participants learn the lingo, “how to”, and get introduced to how to connect with others around the world on a variety of education topics.

Twitter for Parents Engaged In Education @travdmc

• Twitter Is Changing The World Communication - global chatter • Breaking News - eg. #abflood • Activism & Social Change • Networking & Collaboration • Discover y, Learning, & Research • Dissemination of Publications & Materials • Product Research • Tech Support • Professional Connections & Development

Twitter in 60 Seconds

Getting Started • Create an Account • Who To Follow • Hashtags • Tweeting (Replies, Mentions, Retweets & Direct Message) • Join a chat • Tips & Tricks

Create An Account • Personal Branding (Digital Identity) • Short Bio • Don’t Be An Egg!

TWEET BREAK Tweet something (140 characters or less)

Who To Follow? • Legitimate Profile Picture • Interesting Bio • Positive Tweet Stats • Compelling Content - What are there most recent tweets?

Education Favourites To Follow @willrich45 @courosa @sirkenrobinson

PSD Favourites To Follow @gcouros @jmclean77 @tmondsPSD70 @ksmileey @nlakusta


Understanding # • If you tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your tweet • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the tweet • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any tweet shows you all other tweets marked with that keyword • Don’t #spam #with #hashtags • Use hashtags only on tweets relevant to the topic

Some Suggested Hashtags • • • #ptchat #parents #parenting • #edtech • #abed • #psd70 • #muirlake • #mustangprid e • #edchat • #gafe More Education Hashtags

TWEET BREAK • Search an education # on twitter (#psd70 #ptchat #edtech #edchat) • Click on a new # in a Tweet that you find

Some Basics of Tweeting • Reply • Mention • Retweets • Direct Message

@reply • What is an @reply? • An @reply is any update posted by clicking the Reply button on a tweet • @reply to you will show up on your mentions tab • Click on @reply to display the tweet that was replied to

@mention • What is an @mention? • Any Twitter update that contains @username (replies are considered mentions) • These messages, as well as @replies are collected in the Mentions tab on the Connect page • More than one person can be mentioned in a tweet

Retweets • What is a retweet? • re-posting of someone else’s Tweet • Sometimes people type RT at the beginning of a Tweet to indicate they are reposting someone else’s Tweet • Retweeting is sort of like a compliment

Direct Message • What is a DM? • A private message sent via Twitter to one of your followers. (you can only send to followers) • Click on the envelope icon to access

TWEET BREAK • Tweet a @reply • @mention somebody in a Tweet • Retweet somebody • DM someone

Twitter Chat • Interactive live conversation at a specific time on Twitter about a specific topic • Eg. #ptchat - Parent-Teacher Chat - Wednesdays 9:0010:00 EST) Examples & More Education Twitter Chat Times

Tips and Tricks • TweetDeck - application to manage Twitter (eg. organize hashtags) • Download Twitter/TweetDeck on phone • Tweet links to websites, blogs, etc. • Tweet media (Youtube, pictures etc.) • Favourite Tweets to help organize • Utilize Lists to organize people you are following • Don’t click on DM links that seem weird (your account will be hacked)

TWEET BREAK • Tweet a link • Tweet using TweetDeck • Favourite a Tweet • Create a List

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