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Using Twitter for Professional Development

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. 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. Making professional connections via social networking can not only result in a lot of great sharing of ideas and resources, but also combat the sense of isolation that many teachers experience. Hesitant to get started? Experts Say…

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. These virtual communities or what James Gee called affinity spaces, provide teachers and educators with unprecedented professional development opportunities for free and at the comfort of their couches. Edchat is one of the early education related hashtags used by teachers from all around the world. Learn more about education chats calendar here.

6 Twitter Tips That Will Jumpstart Your Professional Development Twitter may seem, in many ways, to be old news. We’ve written too many posts to count about how to employ Twitter in your classroom. Many educators have found that Twitter is a great tool to help increase participation, battle shyness in the classroom, and continue to engage students once they’ve left the classroom. Many of the mainstays of “How To Use Twitter in Education” remain true regardless of whether you’re using Twitter in your classroom or in your personal life – especially the ideas surrounding being a real human being with multifaceted opinions and interests. But something about the infographic below made my thoughts veer more towards professional development than use in the classroom. Though we usually talk about ideas for using Twitter at school, it can also be a really useful tool for your own professional development.

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.

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.

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.

A Guide To Twitter Chats If you remember back to my post on hashtags we talked about how hashtags can be great sources of learning. When you begin to look at hashtags you will find some end it "chat." That means there is an actual Twitter chat that goes along with that hashtag. What is a Twitter chat? In it's simplest form, its a set time where folks get together and all post using the same hashtag. As one of the founders of #edchat I get a lot of questions about the what, where, when and why. The History #edchat started out of a series of conversations between myself, Tom Whtiby and Shelly Terrell. The Basics To participate users need only add #edchat to their tweets. Following Along You will need a way to follow the conversations. Afterwards The archive is usually posted by the next day and it includes all the tweets during the hour time span. Advice You can't follow every conversation during #edchat. So what about other chats? #PTchat-Wednesdays 9pm EDT- This is one of those chats that has seen a lot of changes.

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. It is really amazing how many of you have already used and embedded it in less than 24 hours since its being published. To keep this post short , I am going to provide you with the most popular content I have published in Twitter for Educators section.

How to Promote Twitter for Professional Development to Your Colleagues and Other Stuff It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I’ve missed it. Now that my husband is out in town at the Linkin Park and Stone Sour concert, it was an opportune time to sit at my computer and finally get my thoughts down. I haven’t had time to reflect much on my work recently as I’ve started a couple of new projects at work as well as complete two MOOCs. Some time ago, my friend Jasmine, (@JMahlki) who organises monthly Learning Cafe breakfasts for L&D professionals in Melbourne, asked me whether I would be a guest presenter at one of her team’s professional development sessions. “Tell them how you use Twitter,” she said. So with this brief, I reflected on how I used Twitter and created a presentation that was a mix of activities, theory, tweeting and personal stories. “Are you sure you want to do this? Besides, I’m in Learning and Development – I’m meant to coach, teach, support and guide others. This gave me the confidence that my audience had piqued their curiosity and ready to learn!

The Professional Power of Twitter by @Tim_Jumpclarke Selling the benefits of using twitter for professional development purposes to the uninitiated can be a challenge, but in this re-blog post, Tim Clarke points out some of the benefits he has gained from interacting with the platform, as well as guidance and tips to get colleagues started. Tim is a primary head teacher. The professional power of Twitter Key benefits Connect with others involved in education nationally and internationally, which can give you a broader view of current issues and initiatives. For example it has been interesting finding out how other areas of the country are managing: recruitment, PRP and judging teacher performance without grading observations.Posing questions to gain other views. How to start This is fairly straightforward. You can set your account up as locked so you can control who has access to your information if you wish. Time issues Undoubtedly time is always going to be a key issue. Before smartphones and tablets I would probably not have used Twitter.

How Twitter is Changing Professional Development for Educators - Finding Common Ground "I naively assumed that Twitter was a place for people to narcissistically blab their every move, and after reading "Why Educators Should Join Twitter," my mind was changed and I joined. My life is changed! I finally feel like I have others whose lives revolve around education the way mine does". Jaime Mendelis, Binghamton, NY A couple of my friends have the availability to work from home a few days a week. The reality is that most of us who work in education definitely do not have quiet lives. Most people outside of education do not know what it is like to look at the clock in the morning and hope that you get a chance to run to the bathroom before the bell rings, because if you don't, you're just not sure when you'll make it there. What if we could find professional development where we don't have to leave the house? Twitter Recently I have been focusing on Twitter in a couple of blogs for Finding Common Ground. Twitter is a place that allows everyone to have a voice.

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