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Using Twitter for Teachers' Professional Development

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.

Top 10 TED Talks on Digital Lives for Teachers TED has recently posted a curated list of some awesome talks on " digital lives". I am sure you might have already seen some of them but you will definitely find new interesting ones. Apart from " how to make a splash in social media ", a talk delivered by Alexixs, I have intermittently watched the rest of the talks. My favorite talk from the list below and the one I have watched twice is " Connected but Alone " by Sherry Tyrkle. 1- Beware Filter Bubble 2- Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media 3- Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral 4- Rives: If I controlled the Internet … 5- Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world 6- Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? 7- Evan Williams on listening to Twitter users 8- Johanna Blakley: Social media and the end of gender 9- Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy 10- Adam Ostrow: After your final status update

Twitter as a Curation Tool | Langwitches Blog I have written and spoken extensively about the use of Twitter in education: In addition to the above mentioned uses of Twitter, I am increasingly becoming aware of the importance of Twitter as a CURATION tool for me. The term “curation” in itself has become quite popular recently. I am not sure yet, if it is another term destined to become a victim of talking at cross purposes among the educational community. Mike Fisher has blogged about curation and what it means versus the concept of collection. Collecting is what kids do when asked to find resources for a particular topic. Mike created the following image to point out the continuum from collecting to curating The stages and progression of using Twitter as a mere consumption tool of collected information (by others) to curating information, adding value with additional perspectives, connections, resources or interpretation, the platform of Twitter as a potential tool for curation becomes evident. Ex Follow #hashtags of topics or groups.

board Innovative ideas for using iPads in education Inside Thinglink EDU Examples pinterest.com Photo: pinterest.com Also Thinglink EDU Examples pinterest.com The unexpected success of failure sophia.org How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads jonathanwylie.hubpages.com How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads jonathanwylie.hubpages.com / Jonathan Wylie It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. STILL One of the Best Kept Secrets: Pinterest! teacherswithapps.com / Teachers With Apps One of the best kept secrets about social media for edu­ca­tors and stu­dents is Pin­ter­est! A Comprehensive Index to Educational Hashtags Teachers Must Know about If you are still trying to figure out what educational hashtags teachers are using then you do not need to go anywhere else, I got it covered here thanks to Chiew Pang document. Pang created an open document using Google Docs and named it " The Unofficial Index to Twitter Hashtags ". I have gone thorough the entire page and found it really helpful so I thought you might want to have a look as well. See also : Teacher's Guide to The Use of Hashtags in Education Here is the link for the entire document that Pang created and below are the hashtags it contains.

Apps and Stuff you have to read Each week my Flipboard app, Twitter responses, my kids, my Kindle Fire and my Google reader deliver a collection of new web tools, apps, books, crazy experiences and must read articles. Here is this weeks collection: I expect to see a version of this technology in our classrooms in the next two to three years. I can see groups of year 1 children looking for carefully hidden stickered treasure armed with iPads. Or perhaps, techy minded vigilant teachers will sticker their items in the fridge which seem to find their way out of the staff room. A great site I came across in the TES, which would support Teachers and Key Stage 2 pupils in their photography work. I am currently investigating the possibility of using Minecraft within our school, there is an app, but I am reliably informed by our Year 6 boys of how rubbish it is in comparison to the “real thing”. Firstly head over to Minecraft edu where you can buy an educational version of the game/ creator thingy.

How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter November’s EdTechTeacher’s iPad Summit (which, by the way, I found through Twitter) completely amazed, overwhelmed, challenged, and inspired me. I left feeling empowered about the 1:1 iPad environment in which I was teaching and excited about the possibilities of technology inside and outside of my classroom. My Twitter Addiction I also left the conference with a mild addiction to Twitter. Like I said, it was a *mild* addiction. It’s A Conversation But it was more than just a running list of sites to check out and apps to investigate. My November tweets were frantic – a rushed effort to somehow document the torrent of information that surrounded me in presentations, online conversations, and Google excursions. The Personal Learning Network The people I had connected to in my PLN (personal learning network) share amazing materials about all aspects of education. Hashtags Ahoy! As a teacher, I have made a commitment to Twitter-time. Connect To Your Passion(s)

board Innovative ideas for using iPads in education Inside Thinglink EDU Examples pinterest.com Photo: pinterest.com Also Thinglink EDU Examples pinterest.com The unexpected success of failure sophia.org How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads jonathanwylie.hubpages.com How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads jonathanwylie.hubpages.com / Jonathan Wylie It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. STILL One of the Best Kept Secrets: Pinterest! teacherswithapps.com / Teachers With Apps One of the best kept secrets about social media for edu­ca­tors and stu­dents is Pin­ter­est! Tweeting Your way to Academic Success Twitter is one of those pieces of technology that people either love or hate. For the haters, it seems like a superfluous, narcissistic, even petty platform through which people who think they are more important than they really are share their most intimate details with the world. For those who love the medium, it is a way of filtering and digesting a vast world of digital information quickly and efficiently. Some even see it as a possible vehicle for changing the world. Twitteracy Findings, No Surprise Literacy as a general concept has changed dramatically in the Information Age. These are some of the many ways that Twitter is being considered as a new form of literacy and which may prove beneficial to learning at all levels, not just in higher education. The best way to understand how any hi-tech tool could benefit your students is to begin using it yourself. Next, you will want to check your Twitter stream once or twice a day to see if anything interesting has been posted.

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