20 Day Twitter Challenge

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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 month, you'll be finding inspiration from other teachers, and marketing your learning space to not only the community, but the entire Twitterverse!

Work at your own pace. There are 20 activities. You may complete them in 20 days, or take a day off here and there, or use the entire month. We realize that life gets in the way of best laid plans at times, so we've provided a cushion for flexibility.

Day 1 - Get started...

Create a new Twitter account or dust off your old one, then add your Twitter information here so others 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!

Day 2 - Find and Follow

Your mission today is to find at least 25 educators to follow on Twitter. Not sure where to get started? Go back to the link on Day 1 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.







Day 3 Your First Tweet!

Introduce yourself to the #sccpsschat community. Include your school, what you teach, and anything else you can share in 140 characters or less. Add #SCCPSSchat to your Tweet so that we can find and follow you! While you're at it, type #sccpsschat in the search field and locate other teachers in this challenge.

Day 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 #SCCPSSchat hashtag to make sure our community gets the most from the information you are sharing.

Day 5 Like a Tweet :

Liking a Tweet serves two purposes. It shows the person who posted it that someone likes or agrees with the Tweet. It's always nice to receive a thumbs up - even from people you don't know well. You'll find that growing your PLN on Twitter will be a positive experience, especially if you follow positive educators. Liking a Tweet also saves the Tweet in a list so that you can go back to it later. Find this list on your page under the Likes tab.
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Day 6 Thank your New Followers!

Manners matter! Spend a few minutes looking at your growing PLN. Thank those who have recently followed you by including their account name in your Tweet. For example: "Thanks for the follow @sccpssitc @techietchr - hope we can learn from each other!"

Using the account name in the Tweet will alert your followers to the message.

Day 7 Heart the Hashtag:

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 #SCCPSSchat 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 #sccpsschat" )

Day 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 #SCCPSSchat.

Day 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 #SCCPSSchat and one more educational hashtag so that your content will be included in those conversations. Anyone searching #SCCPSSchat will find your post!

(Sample Tweet: A Teacher's Guide to Twitter http://goo.gl/rd5gYP thanks @edudemic! #edtech #pln #sccpsschat)

Day 10 Half-Way Point:

How's it going? Send out a Tweet expressing something you are happy you've learned from this experience during the past 10 days. Your post could be about Twitter, or something from your growing PLN. Include #SCCPSSchat in your post.
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Day 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: @sccpssitc) 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: .@sccpssitc your 20 Day Twitter Challenge is the BOMB! #SCCPSSchat)

Day 12 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 this calendar or this calendar to help locate one that may interest you. Use the hashtag from the Twitter chat and #SCCPSSChat when you post and reply. Every Saturday at 9:00am EST you can follow the New Teachers 2 Twitter chat #nt2t

Day 13 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. #sccpsschat

Day 14 Spread the LOVE!

Contribute to your PLN. Send a Tweet sharing what are you most excited about related to teaching, technology, productivity, or whatever! ! #SCCPSSchat

During the school year, today's Tweet is about 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.

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Day 15 #FollowFriday

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 #sccpsschat #FF so that we can follow your suggestions and so that others can follow your recommendations by searching #FF.

Day 16 #MotivationMonday

Post a Tweet, or RT an existing post that may help motivate your audience. Photos, quotes, and memes are often shared on Mondays. Include #SCCPSSchat and #MotivationMonday in your Tweet.

Day 17 #TechTipTuesday

Share at least one techie (or ed-techie) resource with your PLN. Use the #SCCPSSchat and #TechTipTuesday hashtags in your Tweet.

Day 18 # WednesdayWisdom or #WisdomWednesday

Share or RT something meaningful with your PLN to help spread thoughtful, educational, insight into your week.

Oh, wait! It's SUMMER!! How about #WackyWednesday instead? What's happening in your world today? Include #SCCPSSchat in your Tweet.

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Day 19 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 #SCCPSSchat hashtag! Participate in several polls posted to the #SCCPSSchat

Day 20 Celebrate!

Celebrate! Send a tweet to @sccpssitc and/or your school ITC! Include your favorite part of the 20 Day Twitter Challenge. What did you gain through participating? Include #SCCPSSchat in your Tweet.


You've connected with fellow educators, media specialists, coaches, and leaders. Keep your PLN healthy by visiting it daily. Give yourself 10 minutes each day to scroll through your Twitter feed. Continue to share, like, and follow (and even unfollow) so that your Twitterfeed has a positive impact on your day and your instruction. The Instructional Technology Department will cruise through the #sccpsschat and will award badges to teachers who complete the 20 Day Twitter Challenge. Celebrate your new habit, toot your horn, and post the badge on your website, blog, and Twitter page.
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