20 Day Twitter Experiment
Empowering Educators in Social Media
Develop an engaging Personal Learning Network to collaborate with other teachers
Market your learning space to the community
Change the world #OneTweetAtaTime!
TKES 9 & 10
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Building your PLN with Twitter offers you "round the clock" networking opportunities from all over the world. With Twitter, you can learn from and connect with other educators in ways that are not possible through traditional professional development. It's easy to get started with Twitter, and even easier to stick with it by accepting the challenge and practicing a little bit every day. By the end of the challenge, you'll be finding inspiration from other teachers, and marketing your learning space to not only the community but the entire Twitterverse!
Matt Davis at Edutopia published an amazing collection of Twitter resources specifically for teachers. Be sure to check out his content. When you get to step 2, go ahead and follow him!
1 - Get started...
Create a new Twitter account or dust off your old one, then add your Twitter information here so others who accept this challenge can follow you.
Make your profile ready for prime time! Use the resources and tutorials here to update your Twitter profile so that it represents you as an educator, life-long learner (and human). Include a short bio so that people can learn a little bit about you before they decide to add you to their PLN. Put a bit of effort into your page, it represents YOU, so be creative! Be sure to include your district, your school, position, and content.
2 - Find and Follow
Your mission is to find at least 25 educators to follow on Twitter. Not sure where to get started? Go back to the link above and search for the folks on the list. Twitter's search field can search accounts, people, keywords, and hashtags. Follow all the members of the Instructional Technology Department! Be sure to follow your IT Coach, your school (if an account exists) and your district. The resources here can help you locate great people to follow. Follow your favorite ed-tech tools to be in the loop on their latest features and uses. Check out your "feed" it should be filling up with Tweets from the people you followed.
3 Your First Tweet!
4 Spread the Word:
Retweet something that was Tweeted by someone you follow. Add your own comment (by selecting "Quote Tweet") to share something you found interesting. Use the #SCCPSSITC hashtag to make sure our community gets the most from the information you are sharing.
5 Like a Tweet :
6 Thank your New Followers!
Using the account name in the Tweet will alert your followers to the message.
7 Heart the Hashtag: #sccpssitc
Find at least 3 educational hashtags from Libby’s Blog Post that you think are worth sharing. Then send an individual tweet for each one to the #SCCPSSITC hashtag that includes your new hashtag find AND the reason why you think it is so awesome! (Sample Tweet: "Join #WhatIsSchool on Thursday's at 7 to for inspiration and modern teaching ideas #sccpssitc" )
We are using the #sccpssitc to tag learning/communication posts.
8 Get Mobile:
Add a Twitter app to your phone and send your first mobile Tweet including a photo of your learning space! I know it's summer - so your mobile learning space is where ever you are! Use your 140 characters to tell us a little bit about the place/space you find yourself today and don’t forget to use the hashtag #SCCPSSITC.
9 Add Some Content:
Post a Tweet sharing an article, blog post or website that you see as a valuable instructional resource. Tell us why you love it and why we should too! Twitter will shorten your URL automatically, so don't worry about extra characters. Include #SCCPSSITC and one more educational hashtag so that your content will be included in those conversations. Anyone searching #SCCPSSITC will find your post!
(Sample Tweet: A Teacher's Guide to Twitter http://goo.gl/rd5gYP thanks @edudemic! #edtech #pln #sccpssitc)
10 Half-Way Point:
11 Add Some Media:
Share a photo or video that conveys an important instructional message or concept. Tag at least 3 other educators in your Tweet by using their Twitter handle in your post. (Sample tag: @angela_laplante) Begin your post with a period in front of the tags so that the post appears on your followers' pages, the page of the person you tagged, AND all of their followers' pages! (Example Tagged Tweet: .@angela_laplante your Twitter Challenge is the BOMB! #sccpssitc)
12 Get Organized:
Create a tweetdeck account and link it to your Twitter account. Then spend some time creating columns based on your favorite searches, hashtags, or users. Be sure to send a tweet from Tweetdeck letting us know how you like the platform. #sccpssitc
13 Spread the LOVE!
Contribute to your PLN. Send a Tweet sharing what are you most excited about related to teaching, technology, productivity, or whatever!! #SCCPSSitc
Showcasing your content, classroom, a student project, or your school. Twitter can be a great way to spread good news about your awesome learning environment. Use #TeachSavannah #SeasonofImpact to spread the LOVE!
14 #MotivationMonday or #TechTipTuesday or #WednesdayWisdom or......
or Share at least one techie (or ed-techie) resource with your PLN. Use the #SCCPSSitc and #TechTipTuesday hashtags in your Tweet.
Share or RT something meaningful with your PLN to help spread thoughtful, educational, insight into your week. #WednesdayWisdom
Post a Tweet in honor of #ThrowBackThursday Remember When??
Get Specific: Locate at least 3 new people to follow. Find other instructional coaches, Media Specialists, motivational speakers, content area specialists, libraries, ed-tech tools, or other leaders to grow your PLN. Use the hashtags #sccpssitc #FF so that we can follow your suggestions and so that others can follow your recommendations by searching #FF.
15 Collect Some Data!
Send a tweet that includes a Twitter poll. Ask your growing PLN about an instructional practice or their opinion on a resource. Just don’t forget the #SCCPSSitc hashtag! Participate in several polls posted to the #SCCPSSITC (or previously used #SCCPSSchat)
16 Listen to Student Voice
17 Start a classroom or school hashtag
Announce your new hashtag with a Tweet (or several Tweets over several days). Include #sccpssitc so that we see you!
18 Create a List
To create a list, click on your profile pic>click lists>>create new list>Title and describe your list>determine if you want it to be private or public>SAVE.
Now, find an educator on Twitter>go to their profile page>click on the sprocket icon on the right>click add/remove from lists>select the list you want to add the person to> repeat
19 Join a TwitterChat!
Chat it up! Wait - What's a TwitterChat? How do I join one? Sometime this week, participate in an Educational Twitter Chat. Use Participate.com to help locate one that may interest you. Use the hashtag from the Twitter chat and #SCCPSS when you post and reply. Every Saturday at 9:00am EST you can follow the New Teachers 2 Twitter chat #nt2t
Stay in touch!