Twitter for Educators

in Five Easy Steps

Step One: Create an Account

  • Where do I Start? Go to the Twitter home page and sign up for an account.
  • What do I need? You will need to provide an email address and pick a name, either your own or a nickname.
  • I’m shy, can I keep the egg-face avatar as my picture? Well, you could, but why? Twitter is a social media, meaning that "the more you share, the more you have."


Directions to edit your Twitter Profile.

  1. Click on the Gear button on the upper right corner of the screen
  2. Select settings
  3. On the left tab of the site, click on Profile
  4. Add your Photo
  5. Add a short, direct bio – your job, interests, hobbies. This bio and the picture are your Twitter ID, which is public for everyone. It’s how people will find you and decide whether or not to follow you.


Don't forget to Save



“The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have.” ― Leonard Nimoy

Step Two: Take a few minutes to learn a few Twitter Terms

Twitter Handle: (@pharesr) Your name that people will use to contact or mention you.

Tweet: A message you post. A tweet can only contain 140 characters or fewer.

Reply: A Tweet posted in reply to another user's message, posted by clicking the "reply" button next to their Tweet in your timeline.

Hashtags: (#edtech) Hashtags are used to create conversations between groups of people who have a common interest.

Re-Tweet: Many times you will read a tweet that will excite you so much you will want to share it with your friends. If you retweet, you are taking that tweet, and posting it on your twitter stream. Now all who follow you will be able to read it.

Follow Button: To follow someone on Twitter is to subscribe to their Tweets or updates on the site.

Direct message: A DM are Tweets that are private between the sender and recipient.



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Step Three: Who Should I Follow

Finding the right colleagues to inspire you is easy. You will so be reading ideas to help integrate technology into your lesson plans. Here are some top names to start following.

@rmbyrne

@dsdPD

@mjgormans

@coolcatteacher

@mcleod

@Darcy1968

@web20classroom

@ShellTerrell

@Larryferlazzo

@cybraryman1


Try a google search for your subject. Example: High School Social Studies on Twitter

Step Four: Relax

Start out by committing to just searching and observing other people on Twitter. Don't worry too much about contributing at first. Explore and find some good educators to learn from. Once you start to learn new things from others on Twitter, you will naturally begin to find what strengths and ideas you can share with your PLN.

*PLN: Personal Learning Network

Step Five: Start to Tweet

It's time to start tweeting. Using Twitter is a two-part process. The first part is as a consumer, where you follow people, read their tweets, and learn from them. A lot of people stop there, which is easy to understand since that is the easy part.

But, the real magic happens when you share, too. Think of it this way: if you were having a conversation with someone and you weren’t responding, the conversation wouldn’t go very far, would it?


Here are a few things to get you going:


  • Share your classroom successes
  • Post education related articles
  • Share your thoughts and motivational quotes
  • Ask questions
  • Don't forget to reply to others
  • Retweet the posts you think are important and your followers would like to see.