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Tweeting For Schools

Tweeting For Schools
Awhile ago, I wrote a post entitled, “What Should A Networked Educational Leader Tweet About?“, which was meant to be a guide to administrators new to Twitter on tweeting and sharing information using this social media tool. It is something that I am hoping all educators can use, but I obviously think that administrators should really understand the important use of social media in schools. As our own school division and schools all over the world are starting to use organizational Twitter accounts to connect, I wanted to write a post on how a school or educational institution can use Twitter effectively. It is a great way to connect with students, as well as share their message locally and globally. Here are some ideas to start you with the process: School Announcements- This is probably the way Twitter is used most often with school accounts but sometimes it is the only way. With the information above, it is important that you do not take this lightly.

The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. First, What’s A Hashtag? The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can categorize or follow topics with hashtags.Those hashtags (usually) mean something and are a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or discussion monitoring. For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. It makes it easy (sort of) for people to monitor what’s happening in the conversation rather than having to try and guess what topics you should search for. How To Hide Your Hashtag Chat From Followers When having a Twitter #hashtag chat, if you want to avoid overwhelming your followers, start any tweet you want to “hide” with @HideChat or (one character shorter) @HideTag . You don’t need to do this with all your chat tweets (though you could). Sources The Most Popular Hashtags

10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics - Do Your Job Better By Katrina Gulliver Most of my friends (the ones who are not already on Twitter) have heard my Twitter pitch, and it's true that since joining several years ago I've become quite an evangelist. Recently over dinner, a colleague told me he had never really gotten the point of Twitter, but now that he had a book to promote, he wished he had followers he could share it with. Twitter is what you make of it, and its flexibility is one of its greatest strengths. I'm going to explain why I have found it useful, professionally and personally, and lay out some guidelines for academics who don't know where to start. The first and most obvious benefit has been helping me get to know a lot of great people whom I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. Thanks to Twitter, I have been sent copies of obsure articles much faster than I would have received them from an interlibrary loan. A common error I see some academics make on Twitter is to set up an account solely to promote a new book or project. 1. 2.

12 Twitter Tools Every Educators Must Know about Social networking is a topic that I have been posting about for sometime now. I have published a set of series on this issue and will soon be adding more to it. You can check out Educational Social Networking from part one to part 4 to learn more. Twitter is one of my top social networking tool that I use for both professional development and educational purposes. 1- TweetDeck This is a great Twitter app that allows users to arrange their feeds with customizable columns, use filters, schedule tweets and stay up to date. 2- Tweet Back Up As its name suggests, this is a tool to help you back up your tweets and your followers too. 3- Splitweet This tool allows you to access multiple Twitter accounts and also be able to separate your educational and personal accounts from each other. 4- Followize This is an awesome tool that lets you instantly read all your tweets in a very user friendly interface. 5- Qwitter 6- HootSuite This is one of the most popular platforms online. 7- Twups 8- TweetGrid

Ce que vous devez savoir à propos des hashtags sur Twitter Twitter est le réseau social qui se repose le plus sur les hashtags. Bien pratique pour suivre un live tweet ou un sujet qui buzz, le hashtag sur Twitter permet de trouver énormément de news sur un sujet précis, mais aussi aux utilisateurs de trouver votre tweet. Cette infographie réalisée par Social Caffeine nous explique pourquoi il est important d’utiliser les hashtags et dispense quelques statistiques intéressantes. Via

A Parent's Guide to Twitter Chances are your teen has a page on Facebook, the social-networking website with a massive following among users ages 9 to 99. And, chances are, if you've heard of Facebook, you've probably also heard of Twitter, another player in the ever-expanding fray of social networking platforms, micro-blogs and the like. Perhaps you have a Twitter account. But does your child have one too? The short answer: There’s no reason to ban your child from Twitter, but it's important that both of you understand its ins and outs, its pros and cons and how to use it properly. How is Twitter Different From Facebook? Twitter is similar to Facebook in that users can broadcast their thoughts — from the most inane to the most earth shattering — for the world to see. On Twitter, users are limited to just 140 characters per post, where each post is usually referred to as a “tweet.” Still, Twitter is potentially a means through which personal information can fall into the hands of people who shouldn’t have it.

How Twitter can be used as a powerful educational tool Think Twitter is just a waste of time? Think again. Its organizational structure makes it an effective tool for connecting with students and others online By Alan November and Brian Mull Read more by Contributor July 13th, 2012 Learning how to filter through tweets will bring clarity and meaning to Twitter and will get you past the mosh pit of random thoughts and lackluster chitchat. (Editor’s note: This is part three in a series of articles about how to build students’ web literacy and research skills. On Feb. 10, 2011, the world was transfixed on the protests raging in Egypt. What Mubarak might not have known is that while he was trying to maintain his iron grip on power, thousands of Egyptians were tweeting about their frustration with the dictator. If you are a middle or high school social studies teacher, and you wanted to provide your students with a close-up view of the events unfolding in Egypt, you could turn to a traditional news service.

10 Steps to Kick Start Your Twitter Network 35 ways to use Twiducate for deeper learning. Reasons to be cheerful…….Twiducate! Here are 35 ways to use Twiducate to deepen learning. I have split the tips up into four sections; using the main “Post to Class” section, using the “Important Dates” section, using the “Class Bookmarks” and using the “Chat” option. I hope you find it helpful and please, feel free to comment, and it would be great if you could add some more uses! Remember when posting information to your class don’t forget to click the pin icon, this means that YOUR post will remain at the top of the Twiducate feed. 1. Post a keyword(s) for the lesson and ask you students to post their definition of the word. You can then ask students to vote on the “best” definition by clicking on the “like” icon (see more below). To deepen learning, nominate students to decide on the keyword(s). 2. Asking effective questions is the key to deep learning, Twiducate lends itself to this brilliantly. Use Twiducate to ask; 3. 4. 5. 6. Ideal for a Modern Foreign Language lesson. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

50 Innovative Ways To Use Twitter More Effectively With over 170 million active users and playing a significant role in media consumption, Twitter has turned into the go-to site for real-time updates and gathering snippets of info from those we're interested in. Pretty much everyone knows how to put a tweet together and how to reply to users, but what about more advanced features such as shortcuts, apps and SEO. If you want to improve your knowledge or want to pick up a few tips and tricks to help you get more out of the service, then read on. Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts With many of us spending large amounts of time on Twitter every day, there has to be a quicker way to use the desktop interface and that comes in the form of keyboard shortcuts. App Security Over the time that you've been using Twitter, there is a very good chance that you have given some apps permission to access your account. Schedule Tweets Sometimes you can come up with a good tweet, but feel that it's not ready to be posted for the world to see. Sensitive Content Apps

Blog de Laurence Juin Charte d'utilisation de Twitter avec une classe « Cette charte d'utilisation s'est étoffée au fur et à mesure de l'usage de twitter en classe et hors classe. Elle n'est ni exhaustive ni figée... » 1. En cours : j'utilise Twitter en cours selon les consignes énoncées par l'enseignant. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Blog de Laurence Juin How To Build A Great Twitter Reputation And Get More Followers And Retweets If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then this article is for you. Want more followers and retweets?New to Twitter and want to make it useful for you?Twitter isn’t working as well as you’d like it to? The three steps to a great Twitter reputation are content, style and connections. First—because this is what makes you really popular—we’ll cover making connections and building your account. Second, we’ll work on creating tweets that will give people something to retweet, and help people get to know you and want to recommend you. Your tweets are the core to your reputation. Third, we’ll work on your Twitter style. Ready? Begin by searching for people to engage with by topics that interest you. Add users that you find and are considering to Twitter lists, so you can watch how they tweet for awhile. You’ll want to follow very few key people at first, because you’ll want to have time to devote to them once you follow them. 1. 3. And don’t forget to spread out your tweets! 1. 2. 4.

Twitter Tips Every Teacher should Know about As a teacher,Twitter is one of my favourite tools . I use it on a daily basis and for a variety of educational and professional development purposes. I have been posting a lot about this social networking website here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning and have even dedicated a whole section for all the Twitter tips and tools teachers should know about. I am also planning to publish, when times permits, a comprehensive guide on the use of Twitter in education but until then, let me share with you a great guide realized by Chery Lawson. Please read and share with your colleagues Thanks to Edudemic , we can also view these tips in a slideshow

Twitter In Schools-A Getting Started Guide The end of the school year is upon us however many are looking forward to next year. You may be thinking what can you do differently next year? How can you stand out above the crowd? How can your school become a larger part of the school community? While Twitter is beginning to catch on with many educators, schools are lagging in their adoption of the platform. But where do you start? Think First-There are a few questions you and your team (and it should be a team) will want to ask and answer before you jump in: What do you want to do with this account? Who Are You- A profile will go a long way in letting people know who you are. Hashtags- A good idea is to also come up with a hashtag. Promote- The account does no good if no one knows about it. But I Don't Want To Be On Twitter-You may find resistance to the idea of a school Twitter account because folks don't want one of their own.

Why Twitter Is a Teacher's Best Tool - Education Teachers are increasingly bringing the real-time communication power of Twitter into the classroom to help students learn. But I've come to the conclusion that it's great for helping teachers learn as well. Twitter has simply become one of the best places for teachers to collaborate, share solutions to common classroom problems, and discuss education policy. In fact, it might just be the best forum teachers have ever had. As a classroom teacher I remember going across the hall to ask Mr. Educators can also use Twitter to keep up with education policy. Not all teachers have totally embraced Twitter. photo (cc) via Flickr user Creative Tools