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With Twitter recent redesign of its mobile apps and web interface I’ve decided it’s time to update my Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter post since a lot has changed since I wrote the post in July, 2010. This post is considerably more detailed and includes topics not included in the original post — we hope this helps you get even more out of using Twitter! And since the post covers a lot of content I’ve added anchors so all you need to do is just click on a link below to quickly go to the section you want to read : But first let’s start with why I wrote the original post I’d just returned from attending a large conference overseas and realised that while a conference can make you feel really overwhelmed and alone — especially amongst the 13,000 ed tech professionals participants who attend it each year — I never felt alone. Why? Because for Twitterers conferences are like walking into a big party where you know everyone and are meeting up with old friends.
Teachers can gain so much from colleagues working beside them - teaching tips, strategy suggestions, resource ideas, planning pointers and simply the support of another professional in talking through issues or sharing experiences from day to day. Most often these colleagues might be co-workers within the same school. But in some schools there may only be a small staff, there may be no other colleagues teaching similar ages or curricular areas for the same age-group. And, of course, in the busy day to day life of schools the time when you have opportunity to reflect on what you are trying to do, or to ask advice, or to look for resources on an unfamiliar topic, will be when you are finished for the day and are at home preparing for the next day on your own.
The question posed by Dr. Alec Couros is “Why do (social) networks matter in teaching & learning?” The positive benefits of the accumulation of ideas and projects in whatever format-- Pinterest, Edmodo, Sharemylesson-- do matter to teaching.
A PLN isn't a new concept. For years, teachers have had friends, family, and neighbors who helped them grow professionally. Before Twitter, we had stoops and back porches.
cc licensed flickr photo shared by Rosaura Ochoa This week, I begin a cohort based in Alberta, Canada, working with educational leaders that are both school and division based . A question that I have received from many educators/administrators is what could I possibly share on Twitter. Although this is not the “definitive” guideline below, I would love to share my thoughts on what you should tweet: Here are 10 guidelines:
With my PLN; I am more supported, more able, better inspired, affirmed, engaged and connected. I value my PLN immensely. I am enriched because of my PLN. Having known a PLN; I don't think I could continue working effectively without one!
Twitter is by far the most powerful professional learning network (PLN) I participate in. Using it is like being at a teaching conference every day. I am constantly exposed to new ideas that inspire and challenge me to try new approaches and rethink old ones. Through Twitter I’ve met a great group of educators from around the world, all of whom are passionate about teaching. We have great discussions and share resources. However, I know that for many, Twitter is a bewildering experience.
Stage 1 Sign up to twitter following persuasion/pestering by colleagues. Follow Stephen Fry , a famous sportsman/popstar and a news channel. Read a few tweets, don’t understand what the fuss is about and mock anyone who uses twitter. Stage 2