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The Value of a Twitter Follower. Social media: like the staffroom, but without all the negativity. I once heard someone describe Twitter as, "like the staffroom but without all the negativity".

Social media: like the staffroom, but without all the negativity

This resonated with me. Teaching is one of those professions where everyone has an opinion on how it should be done; teachers are often harangued for short working hours and long summer holidays, and whenever things go wrong in schools it makes national headlines. But very rarely do you see good practice being celebrated. This negativity – and the pressures of the job – quickly seep into the staffroom and it can be difficult to stay motivated.

22 Effective Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom. Using Twitter in the classroom is a no-brainer.

22 Effective Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

It’s a powerful and free tool that already has wide adoption among educators, students, administrators, and parents. Welcome to Forbes. The Teacher's Guide To Twitter. Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe.

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter

Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here’s a useful guide that we curated from Edudemic’s archives in an effort to put something together that was a bit easier to read than random blog posts. We hope you enjoy and will be regularly adding to this guide so feel free to leave your ideas down in the comments or by, what else, tweeting us @edudemic anytime!

Crestwood students tweet their way into history. North York Mirror Other kids may be lounging around on March Break, but students from North York’s Crestwood Preparatory College are spending part of their vacation participating in a “first-of-its-kind” cross-Canada social media initiative.

Crestwood students tweet their way into history

Called the Twitter Book Club, the project will see Crestwood students join with students from Barrie, Ontario, Lloydminster, Alberta, Warren, Manitoba and Gander, Newfoundland. The grades 10, 11 and 12 students will read a book called Survival Kit, written by North York Holocaust survivor Zuzana Sermer, and, along the way, tweet their thoughts and observations as part of a real-time conversation. Teachers can pose questions for students to ponder and tweet about as they read and can follow the students’ comments. Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking? At the end of 2011, a few geeks in Sweden set up the Swedish Twitter University, which brought lectures in a series of tweets to a class of around 500 followers.

Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking?

It may have been the first time Twitter was used to deliver higher education, and given recent debate about massive open online courses (MOOCs), it seems apt that we reflect on what Twitter might do to transform the classroom and open up a new space for public education? Last month we put together an experiment that tested these limits, using a bespoke hashtag to bring together all of the content. Running a seminar in Twitter might sound like a relatively simple exercise: ensure students have devices through which to tweet, then position your visiting professor – aka Andy Miah of the University of the West of Scotland – in front of his computer and let rip, but there was a bit of prep time involved too. Ethnographic Qualitative Observations using Twitter (with tweets) · verenanz. 7 tools to present a Twitter stream at your event.

For a number of reasons, Twitter and events are a good match: Before the event, it is a great tool to spread the word about the contents of your event (speakers, topics etc.), to engage and to connect with potential attendees.During the event, it is perfect to add a virtual component to your conference or meeting, by linking the real life audience with the tweeps out there.It is also great to collect feedback, questions, do polls during the event.After the event, it allows you to refer back to useful content like slides, videos, blog summaries etc.

7 tools to present a Twitter stream at your event

You can also track and analyze who took part in the discussions, what the sentiment was, what you can improve and what was particularly appreciated.It is a perfect foundation to create a post-conference review, using Storify. Check out this example from the Emerge Conference 2011 in Oxford. This tool can be customized regarding backgrounds, colors, pictures, speed of display. Twitter and my Self Directed PD. As I reflect upon the completion of my 11th year as an educational professional, I can't think of a better or more powerful PD tool than Twitter.

Twitter and my Self Directed PD

Yes, you read that accurately, Twitter. When I tell my friends and colleagues this fact, they look at me in a way that makes me feel as though all my professional credibility is being stripped away. Nevertheless, I am leveraging Twitter to facilitate professional development (mine and others) and I am really enjoying doing so. I have established a professional learning network and I am connecting with educators around the world everyday. Survey on Teachers who use Twitter. Expanded tweets: Tweets are about to get a whole lot longer. Hooray! Photograph by Brian Harkin/Getty Images.

Expanded tweets: Tweets are about to get a whole lot longer. Hooray!

Almost a year ago, I proposed that Twitter double its character limit from 140 to 280. The microblogging site long ago outgrew its original purpose as a platform for simple status updates. Now people use Twitter for news, jokes, conversations, and ferocious arguments—and 140 characters is too cramped for all of these things. Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter. All About Twitter / Be Better at Twitter: The Definitive, Data-Driven Guide. Twitter Questions and Tips. I'm prepping for a workshop on Twitter for Professional Learning that I will be facilitating at the TCEA 2012 convention in a couple of weeks.

Twitter Questions and Tips

Today, as I was discussing my agenda with a colleague, she offered up a suggestion for something I should include. It was an awesome suggestion, and it made me realize that there are probably a lot more suggestions out there in my PLN! So, here I am, asking you for input on what important info you think I should include. All About Twitter / How to Get More Clicks on Twitter. Teachers take to Twitter to improve craft and commiserate. After her first year teaching history in a public high school in the District, Jamie Josephson was exhausted and plagued by self-doubt.

Teachers take to Twitter to improve craft and commiserate

Teaching had been more grueling than she ever expected. Law school began to sound appealing. Then she stumbled onto Twitter. In the vast social network on the Web, she discovered a community of mentors offering inspiration, commiseration and classroom-tested lesson plans. Social Media & Tech / Hootsuite - 3 years, 3 million users. All About Twitter / Twitter in the Classroom. All About Twitter / Capture More Inbound Marketing Leads From Twitter With Tweet Spinner. 46 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed. Get ready, because it's time for another weekly serving of features. This week, we got ready for CES. Not making the trip out to Vegas? Don't worry, we'll keep you covered here. In the political sphere, social media is playing a different role than we've seen before in the presidential campaign, and we're keeping up with the digital trends.

It's still the beginning of the new year, so we have a few more tech and social media predictions for you too. Enjoy your weekend, relax and catch up on all of our social media resources here. Delete Your Klout Profile Now! Klout’s CEO Joe Fernandez gave an interview this summer—before the new Klout algorithm rolled out—in which he said, ““When you think about it, the idea of measuring influence is kind of crazy. Influence has always been something that we each see through our own lens.” Don't get me going, pal. Enough people have flamed Klout for their scoring mechanics over the past three weeks that I don’t need to add my rant to that pile. But I need to write this post to explain the ethical problem Klout poses for those of us who use social networks for a significant amount of connection, communication and information.

And to ask you to do something about it. Please, when you get done reading this, go to and delete your profile from Klout forever. Completely. How To: Find Killer Twitter Content To Tweet. Here’s the scene: You’ve been on Twitter a while, you’ve had fun tweeting about what you are doing, you’ve been retweeting the power users, but now you are ready to up your game. You are ready to start providing valuable links and content to your followers.

Get TwitSprout. Why Educators Should Join Twitter - Finding Common Ground. 35 Interesting Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom. Twitter Has Changed My Life! Twitter Tidbits: Twitter Has Changed My Life! By Laura Komos Twitter has changed my life. Yes. Twitter in K Video. home Help The National | Dec 3, 2011 | 2:48 Twittergarten. Twitter launches major redesign. So you want to tweet with kindergarten... Welcome! Please visit the updated version of this post here: So, based on the response I have had to my recent media exposure, it seems that another how-to post is in order. Kuvva. Visual awesomeness. 13% of Online Americans Use Twitter [STATS] Best individual tweeter2011.

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Twitter has started rolling out a new version of its homepage, simplifying the interface and refining its pitch to potential new users. The social media service has changed the color scheme from its traditional shades of light blue in favor of a metallic chrome look. The new homepage also no longer features top tweets or trending topics.

Instead, Twitter has opted for a simple bar halfway down the screen that features the avatars of its most popular users. There are a couple of other changes to the interface that focuses on how users interact with the homepage. Types of Tweets and Where They Appear. @Junkie: How I Went from Mocking Twitter to Dreaming in Tweets. The 5 Stages Of ‘Getting’ Twitter. Soccer Team Places Twitter Handles on Jerseys. @twitterstories. PlusTo - beta. Tweetree - Birds in a tree. Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter - Laura Doggett.

What’s the point of Twitter? Has Inclusion Been Effective? How Can We Tell? #Edchat We are very gareful to Christopher Rogers (@MrR0g3rs) for this week’s #Edchat summary. It wasn’t the easiest of topics as not everyone involved in the discussion had had personal experience of this type of teaching. A guide to using Twitter for teachers. Twitter seems to be the underappreciated stepchild of the social-networking world. Why use a site that’s solely dedicated to the 140-character status update when you can get the same functionality out of Facebook, Myspace, blogger — and so much more?

Twiigs - Online Polls: Create, Vote, Share. Top 20 Sites To Improve Your Twitter Experience. "140-character status updates to a network of followers. " That makes Twitter sound simple. But in fact, the social information platform has grown to be much more complex than its 140 character-limit suggests. The site not only connects people, but has also become an intricate information resource for everything from news to shopping deals. Yet in many ways, the site's actual functionality hasn't exactly kept up with user interactions.

Twitter's interface has remained simple, which is why a lot of tweets take place through third-party sites and applications that make the experience more useful. Feature: Join the Flock. TodaysMeet. Micromobs. HootCourse.

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