Twitter This & Twitter That!
Birds of a Feather, Tweet Together
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social networking web application that allows users to share information in 140 characters or less. Twitter is an efficient and effective means of gathering resources, ideas, innovations from other educators across the world, as well as, share your ideas, educational activities, and innovations with others.
- Users may access Twitter with mobile phones or computers.
- Messages received and sent are called Tweets.
- Tweets can be up to 140 characters or less (snippets, links, resources, shout-outs)
- Tweets will appear on the user profile page
- Tweets can be read by everyone, but senders can also keep messages private.
- Private tweets may only go to their list of friends.
- Users may subscribe to tweets from others which is known as "following".
- People that subscribe to your tweets are known as "followers".
Twitter allows you to create your own Personalized Learning Network geared towards your interests. For instance, if you are a physical education teacher you may search and "follow" other physical education teachers from around the globe to obtain resources and ideas.
Twitter Challenge #1
How to sign up for Twitter:
1. Go to www.twitter.com
2. Go through the necessary steps when signing up for a new account.
- If you already have a personal Twitter account, you will want to create a separate professional Twitter account.
- Choose a twitter name that represents your field of interest or study or your professional profile (@library_girl or @math_maniac)
- Create your Profile by choosing a profile picture that is a professional photo or avatar. (Hint: Most educators will not follow people with "blank" profile pictures) Choose a header photo that is professional and related to your educational interests.
- If you choose to create a "bio" list your professional achievements, interests, titles.
3. Go to your Twitter Homepage
- Locate the Search bar in the top right corner
- Type in the subject you would like to follow (Example: math teachers, science teachers, English teachers, etc.)
- When options appear that appeal to you, click the Follow button. The person's tweet will then load into your feed.
4. Find your Instructional Technology Facilitator @HCS_ITF and click the Follow button. After you click "follow" the button will then change to following.
- You can unfollow at any time by clicking the button.
Others to Follow
Suggested People/Organizations to Follow:
@rmbyrne (www.freetech4teachers.com FOUNDER)
Twitter Challenge #2
- Go to your Twitter Home page and scroll through your feed until you locate an item you would like to share with others.
- Click the Retweet to share with others.
- Need more of a challenge, you may add a comment with your retweet, but it is not required.
- If you really LOVE the Tweet you may want to click the "heart" icon to show your love.
Twitter Challenge #3
1. Go to your Twitter Homepage.
2. Click on the 'Tweet' button located in the top right-hand corner.
3. You have 180 characters...be clear and concise!
4. Begin with @HCS_ITF then Tweet me a message.
4. Use the hashtag #hydepln. and #hcspln . Always be careful with hashtags, search them in the search bar before posting to ensure they are not already linked to another event or happening.
WHY? We will be able to keep track of your tweet and under the hashtag you will be able to view the answers of fellow educators.
Twitter Challenge #4
Go to www.tweetdeck.twitter.com. Click on the "Search" button. Type in the hashtag you want to follow #hydepln
Once you find the hashtag #hydepln, click enter. Select "Add Column"
All of the hashtags associated with #hydepln and #hcspln will be organized into ONE column. This will help when participating in future TWITTER CHATS!