The 14 Day Twitter Challenge
For SWCS Staff Members
Twitter...it's not just for sports enthusiasts!
Use December 2 - December 15 (just 14 days) to decide if Twitter is right for you and your professional development!
Day 1 - Sign Up To Start Tweeting
You can also download Twitter for your smartphone or table today and all of the steps can be done on your phone or tablet.
Day 2 - Let people know who you are!
Begin this journey by updating your bio. By default your bio will be blank! Add some information about yourself so people will know a LITTLE bit about you as a professional. For instance, my bio reads:
"Building Technology Coordinator in the South-Western City School District. #techgirl"
Photos! Don't be afraid to add a photograph of yourself or something you enjoy. Don't be the egg, nobody wants to communicate with an egg!
For some fun Twitter bios see:
Day 3 - Follow Tweeps
For a list of excellent tweeps to follow visit: http://www.mytowntutors.com/2013/01/connected-educators-awesome-twitter-accounts-for-teachers/
Day 4 - Your First Tweet!
Example: Hi Twitter World, I'm new here and am looking to interact with other tech people in education. #swcstweets
Day 5 - The Basics of Twitter
Engage in the basics of Twitter, and respond to a tweet from someone you follow.
@ – when placed in front of a Twitter name, it allows the person to see a reply to them under Replies
RT – you use this to re-tweet a tweet that is worthy of sending again to your followers; this is a great way to gain followers, too
# Hashtags - to track specific conversations ( Use Twitter Search to see what I mean)
Favorite - Save interesting tweets to a list of your favorites
Day 6 - Go Mobile
Day 7 - #Hashtags
HALF WAY DONE! Good Job Tweep!
Day 8 - Share an Article
Day 9 - Favorites
Day 10 - Twitter Clients
If you’re taking part in a popular chat, you will find it far easier to follow if you use a different twitter client than twitter.com.
It’s a matter of personal preference so you might like to try a couple of different options until you find the one that works best for you.
Day 11 - Twitter Chat
Check out a Twitter Chat - where people interested in a topic tweet about it using the same hashtag on a give night at a given time. Check out the link to find a twitter chat of interest. http://bit.ly/officialchatlist
While you are there, be sure to
- Follow at least 10 new people you find interesting.
- Tweet at least 2 times using the #ohedchat hashtag
- Retweet something interesting
Day 12 - Discuss/Inspire/Provoke
Day 13 - Follow Your Interests
Day 14 - CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Congratulations! You are now at day 14 of the challenge. This is really just the beginning of your learning journey that can happen on Twitter. Now you get to decide "To Tweet or Not To Tweet".
The 14-Day Twitter Challenge is designed to assist people with the initial stages of discovery on Twitter. Continue beyond the 14-day stage and reap the rewards for years to come. Check out 100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education.
Please take a couple of minutes to complete this survey about how this challenge can be improved and what you got from it.