20 Day Twitter Challenge
Build your Professional Learning Network
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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!
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 :
Day 6 Thank your New Followers!
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:
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.
Day 15 #FollowFriday
Day 16 #MotivationMonday
Day 17 #TechTipTuesday
Day 18 # WednesdayWisdom or #WisdomWednesday
Oh, wait! It's SUMMER!! How about #WackyWednesday instead? What's happening in your world today? Include #SCCPSSchat in your Tweet.
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