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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. Related:  iPadTwitter Articles

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

How Twitter is Changing Professional Development for Educators "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. I have this image of waking up, putting on a pair of sweats, grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting at my laptop to begin my day. 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? What Does This Say About Us?

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. The articles below will help you tap into the educational potential of Twitter as a teaching and learning tool and also as a tool for professional development .

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.

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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.

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

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