The Beginner's Guide to the Hashtag If you’re a social media novice, hashtags — those short links preceded by the pound sign (#) — may seem confusing and unnecessary. But they are integral to the way we communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them (even though some people, like Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, are not the biggest fans). Plus, they can be a lot of fun. On Twitter, the pound sign (or hash) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. The hashtag’s widespread use began with Twitter but has extended to other social media platforms. With our beginner's guide, you'll be hashtagging like a pro in no time. How do you make the most of hashtags? Supported Characters Image: Flickr, Roberta Cortese Which characters can you include in a #hashtag? For starters, spaces are an absolute no-no. Numbers are supported, so tweet about #50ShadesOfGrey to your heart’s content.
No more books: High school goes all digital Izayah Powell, left, and DeVante Reid set up their digital devices during freshman orientation at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., on Sept. 5, 2013. Written by Gary Stern The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News Filed Under Out of curiosity, Nicholas Dadario weighed his backpack last year when it was filled with textbooks for his high school freshman honors classes at Archbishop Stepinac High School. It weighed 35 pounds. That backpack is going to be much lighter this year. 7 Ways My Classroom Is Better Because I Connect Being connected is not easy. I’ve spent three years on Twitter building relationships and co-moderating and participating in education chats. I am constantly reading (and writing!) Here are seven ways that my students benefit from the online Professional Learning Network I have built over the years: 1) New ways to solve problems. 2) I learn from the collective wisdom of the crowd. 3) A growth mindset. 4) My students impact the world through collaborative projects and global connections. Last year, my students participated in a Global Read Aloud Project and shared insights and thinking with students in Argentina, Australia and many other states. 5) My students learn from entrepreneurs and see themselves as critical reviewers of educational technology. 6) Students receive inspirational feedback on their work! 7) I keep perspective and avoid burnout. If you’re not yet connected, please reach out and ask questions, start conversations.
Teachers – The 10 Stages of Twitter | dedwards.me Stage 1 Sign up to twitter following persuasion/pestering by colleagues. Follow Stephen Fry, a famous sportsman/popstar and a news channel. Read a few tweets, don’t understand what the fuss is about and mock anyone who uses twitter. Stage 2 Overhear colleagues chatting about twitter and a great article they found. Stage 3 Think about posting first tweet. Stage 4 Upon realising you have no followers ask colleagues how to get them? Stage 5 Have a mini twitter conversation with colleague, even retweet a couple of statements. Stage 6 Practise a couple of tweets that include @names and hashtags. Stage 7 Retweet any link you find interesting as people might read them. Stage 8 Thank colleagues for introducing you to twitter, impressed with the knowledge you have gleaned and your growing number of followers. Stage 9 Reflect that twitter is an incredibly positive place and everyone is full of praise. Stage 10 (the reason for this post) When seeking opinion from a range of people, ask PLN to respond.
Guide to Using Twitter in Your Teaching Practice : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA Are you interested in using Twitter or other social media as a teaching tool? Our culture has transformed significantly where online distribution of ideas has become commonplace. Our students’ needs have shifted and they require digital citizenship skills. We’ve seen all sorts of creative use cases, but here are the most common forms: Teachers and students use Twitter for communication and conversation so they can keep the in-class discussion going after class! Below, you will find some great resources for your school community to help jump into using social media, specifically Twitter, as a learning tool. As you know, being a teacher means you’re uniquely positioned to provide valuable guidance and insight to your students around areas related to online safety and digital citizenship. Help teens evaluate whether or not something is okay to be shared online. You can find a more detailed list of online safety tips for teachers here. Back to the top Understanding Twitter
Announcing the ASCD Arias Imprint—Timely Answers to Your Burning Education Questions Let’s visualize September: The year is young and you’re right where you want to be. You’re consciously applying the myriad new skills acquired over a summer of professional learning. You’re maintaining your personal sense of balance. There are urgent questions you want answers to. And you want to put the answers into practice as soon as you can. Enter the ASCD Arias™ imprint. Eighteen additional ASCD Arias titles are planned for the 2013–14 school year, so stay tuned. What education questions do you most want answered?
5 Great #EdTech Twitter Chats Twitter chats are probably the aspect of Twitter that I find to be the most interesting and most useful. I follow a lot of different people on Twitter for a lot of different reasons (I can easily find out what’s going on in town, what cool restaurants are opening, if my favorite online shop is having a sale, etc), Twitter chats give you the chance to focus on a specific topic with a like-minded group of people. Especially for professional development, this can be immensely helpful. You can connect with other educators around the globe who are doing what you’re doing. You can participate whether you’re a Twitter pro or a Twitter novice, all you need to do is follow along and add to the conversation with the appropriate hashtag. #edchat #Edchat is, as far as I can tell, one of the longest running Twitter chats around (at least in the education realm). #lrnchat #lrnchat is on Thursdays at 8:30-9:30pm ET/5:30-6:30pm PT, and is focused on social media and education. #ntchat #iPadEd #ECETech
7 tools to present a Twitter stream at your event For a number of reasons, Twitter and events are a good match: Before the event, it is a great tool to spread the word about the contents of your event (speakers, topics etc.), to engage and to connect with potential attendees.During the event, it is perfect to add a virtual component to your conference or meeting, by linking the real life audience with the tweeps out there.It is also great to collect feedback, questions, do polls during the event.After the event, it allows you to refer back to useful content like slides, videos, blog summaries etc. You can also track and analyze who took part in the discussions, what the sentiment was, what you can improve and what was particularly appreciated.It is a perfect foundation to create a post-conference review, using Storify. Check out this example from the Emerge Conference 2011 in Oxford. Twitterfountain.com This tool can be customized regarding backgrounds, colors, pictures, speed of display. Visibletweets.com Tweetwally.com Twitterfall Refynr
How To Manage Your PLN Using Twitter Lists One of the greatest boosts in my teaching career has been the development of my Twitter PLN/ALN ( as per a previous post – mine isn’t just “Personal” it’s an “Active” Learning Network ). It has been amazing for me to see who I have followed, what their interests are, and more importantly who their contacts have led me to. But even judicious building of an ALN/PLN can lead to a large, and unwieldy stream of tweets. Especially as many of those I find key to my learning often participate in their own chats. The List So – my key to maintaining my control of my learning network is the list . If the Twitter stream is the filing cabinet of my PLN then the List is the “label” on the drawer (the person I follow is the “file”). Instead of viewing my Twitter stream as a ‘whole’ – which can be overwhelming – I tend to use the lists for the ‘hit’ that I feel that I need. Building Your Lists In an ideal world you would have created your lists categories before building your network.
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Referencing a Tweet in an Academic Paper? Here's an Automatic Citation Generator - Rebecca J. Rosen A handy little tool will take any tweet's URL and spit back MLA- and APA-style citations for it. Say you're writing a paper on Twitter during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. How do you cite all those tweets you'll be referencing? The Modern Language Association (MLA) has an answer to that: a straightforward little formula that ends with "Tweet," which is lovely. Here's how it should go: Easy enough. Thankfully, a web developer by the name of Ben Hedlund built Tweet2Cite.com, a free utility that can take the URL of any tweet, extract the requisite information, and, with one click, generate citations in the MLA format (and the APA format too, for the psychology students out there). Hedlund says he had the idea for the tool while he was learning web development, and decided that "the best way to learn in this field was by doing."