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Twitter 101: A 7-Step Guide For Teachers, Newbies, And Everyone

Twitter 101: A 7-Step Guide For Teachers, Newbies, And Everyone
If you aren’t using Twitter, chances are that you’re reluctant to adopt new technology. Or maybe you’ve used Twitter for years to keep up with friends but now want to use it in the classroom. Either way, you might be hesitant to ask colleagues for help. Step 1: Get Started First, create your Twitter account. If you have a personal account and want to create a separate account for school, consider making your personal account private. Fill out your bio with keywords — teacher, education, etc. — that can help others with shared interests find you. Step 2: Find Your People If you know who or what you’re looking for, you can use the Twitter search page. Let’s learn the Twitter landscape: Notifications: This is at the top of the page and tells you what is happening with your account. Let’s back up a step to explain hastags. Still looking for interesting people to follow? Step 3: Learn the Lingo You’re ready to start tweeting. Use Bitly or TinyURL to shorten links. Step 4: Expand Your Knowledge

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. 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! Our Biggest Twitter Tips For Teachers For many teachers making a foray into the edtech world, Twitter is an excellent tool for consuming and learning. Many are also harnessing Twitter as a part of their PLN (personal learning network) to connect, share, and network. Check out our biggest Twitter tips for teachers below! Create, Don’t Just Consume The best way to get the most out of Twitter is to use it. Connect and Network Share Your Resources Keep At It Guide To Education-Oriented Twitter Hashtags Search Rule #1

25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty The April issue of the Edudemic Magazine is officially ready to go and just awaiting the final stamp of approval by Apple. We’re expecting a launch date of Monday April 2nd, just fyi. In that issue, which is jam-packed once again with edtech goodness, we have a ‘Twitter Spectrum For Educators.’ These 9 things make people retweet A new computer algorithm is better than people at predicting which version of a tweet will get more retweets. The researchers have created a website where you can see what the algorithm thinks of your own tweets. Twitter let the researchers conduct a controlled experiment to eliminate the effects of the popularity of the poster or the topic: many posters will tweet on the same topic more than once, with different wording. The researchers collected and compared thousands of these pairs, and after taking into account the effect of repetition, the experiment shows that wording matters. On Twitter, many tweets are links to websites the user thinks are important. The researchers tested each one separately, then combined them into their algorithm. The computer looks for the occurrence of certain keywords and compares “bigrams”—combinations of two words. 9 tips to get retweets These features are most likely to generate retweets: Ask people to share. Source: Cornell University

A Comprehensive List of Education-related Twitter Chats for Teachers February 28, 2015 Since its introduction a few years ago, hashtag has absolutely transformed the micro-blogging sphere allowing users to create communities around content. Twitter now is teeming with all kinds of hashtags and there is almost a hashtag for every event. The huge potential of hashtags is particularly felt in the education sector. Hundreds of education-related hashtags are active in Twitter. Edchat is one of the early education related hashtags used by teachers from all around the world. Learn more about education chats calendar here.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 5 Excellent New Twitter Tools for Teachers February 9, 2015 Twitter is one of the best platforms for creating and growing your personal/professional learning network (PLN). The strength of this microblogging tool lies in its easy accessibility and its sweeping widespread among a larger and diversified base of users. Creating a PLN in Twitter starts with following Tweetors whose tweets can potentially be of an added value to you. A rule of thumb here is that before you follow anyone, make sure you peruse through the tweets they have been sharing and see if they intersect with your own interests and goals. Hashtags are another important tools to use to enrich your PLN. 1- Twilert This is a tool similar to Google Alert. 2- Hashtagify This is an advanced hashtag search engine that allows you to type in the name of a hashtag and search for relevant tags, conversations and influencers related to that hashtag. 3- Nuzzel 4- Trends24 Trends24 allows you to keep track of the trending topics and tweets in the country you specify.

Using Twitter for Professional Development The term “professional development” conjures up thoughts of travel, conference fees, arranging substitutes, and loss of precious instructional time. But does it have to entail all that? Actually, no. A growing number of educators are using Twitter—yes, the microblogging platform Twitter—as a quick, easy, low-cost alternative. If you aren’t yet familiar with Twitter, it’s a social networking platform where users share everything from what they had for breakfast to professional dilemmas – all in 140 characters or less. Educators on Twitter often discuss what’s working in their classrooms and how they’ve addressed important issues – much like you might with your peers. The Virtual Watercooler Colleagues are a greatly underutilized professional development resource within the school building, and staff often remark about the benefits of setting aside time for collaboration with co-workers. Hesitant to get started? Experts Say… Getting Started

10 Powerful Twitter Tools for Teachers Professional Development There is nothing that beats the power of Twitter when it comes to growing professionally using social media. I have written a lot on this topic and my master thesis is buzzing with all kinds of academic evidence that support my claim. You might be thinking why Twitter is making such a big fanfare in the world of academia. The answer is simple: it works. related : 12 Ways to use Twitter for Professional Development One of the powerful features I like the most about Twitter is the ease with which you can set up a PLN. But Twitter alone can only do so much. 1- Hashtags Though hashtags are not third party tools, still I want to make sure they are featured in this list. 2- WeFollow With WeFollow you can search for people by interest and sort them by their Prominence Score. 3- Twitscoop Twitscoop allows you to receive, send tweets, and find new friends instantly, without ever reloading your page. 4- Nearbytweets Nearby tweets allows you to search local tweets from Twitter by location and keyword.

90+ Twitter Tools Teachers Should Know about Twitter is the topical theme of my MAED thesis and I have been assembling and compiling several resources and academic papers on this topic. I also have a special section under the title "Twitter for Teachers" where I share with my fellow teachers and readers all the tips and tools they need to tap into the educational potential of this microblogging platform. Managing TwitterThese tools will help make managing your Twitter account just a bit easier.

The Best Twitter Tools and Tips Teachers should Know about My first post here in 2013 is about Twitter. I am not really sure how to start it because there are a lot of things we have written about this social networking platform and the best thing to do is to write a comprehensive e-book which I am expecting to publish next months because for now I am working on two other e-books that I will share with you as soon as they are ready. Speaking about my eBooks, I would like to thank you for uploading and sharing The Best of Teacher's Web Tools. To keep this post short , I am going to provide you with the most popular content I have published in Twitter for Educators section. Using Twitter for Teachers' Professional Development I am actually engaged in an extensive review of the literature written on the use of Twitter as a Personal Learning Network ( PLN ).Twitter is the core topic of my MAEd thesis and I am trying to approach it from different perspectives : academic, social, and even personal ( for professional development ). Academically speaking, papers investigating the use of Twitter in the world of academia are still scarce and the empirical research done in this field is still very limited. From time to time I feature some of the resources I am actually reading and which I know will be of great interest to my readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.For instance, today I am sharing with you a treasure trove ( I really mean it ) of Twitter lists to subscribe with and follow to stay updated about the latest news, resources, links, researches, and many more according to your area of interest.