10 Days of Twitter Challenge - 2015

Building Your Professional Learning Network -- PLN

10 Days of Twitter Challenge

I am taking the lead from two different educators that I have "met" through my own Professional Learning Network. The educators are @ChelleLeigh75 and @matthew_arend and they both are principals that are a part of the Texas Principals' Vision Institute. They, like me, have the desire to help teachers take charge of their professional learning and harness the power of Twitter to do so.

Why Twitter? Because Twitter is free professional development at your fingertips. Twitter is accessible 24/7 -- 365. Twitter can be tailored to your specific needs as an adult learner. Through Twitter you have the opportunity to connect with educators from around the world to learn with and from. You will see they often have the same struggles as you, the same successes as you, and the same strong desire to do what is best for kids. Twitter provides the ultimate collaboration tool for educators because we all are working together to provide the best learning experiences for students.

Monday December 7th -- Day 1

Over 40 of our AMCMS Staff Members are already on Twitter. Great job! If you are not already on Twitter, then Day One is for you.

Day 1 Challenge-- Join Twitter

  • If you do not have a Twitter account, create one and complete your profile... no eggheads!
  • If you have a Twitter account your challenge is to update your profile picture and background picture... no eggheads!

Tuesday December 8th -- Day 2

Day 2 Challenge-- Join the #CSISDchat

Educators from across CSISD come together on Twitter to share their thoughts about education on Twitter during a live chat.

To complete this challenge all you need to do is let everyone know that you are following along with the chat like this: "Hi this is Jeff, Principal at AMCMS #CSISDchat"

Naturally you would fill in your name and position. Be sure to include the #CSISDchat so we all see it!

Wednesday December 9th -- Day 3

Day 3 Challenge -- Take a Selife & post it on Twitter

To complete this challenge take a selfe with your admin, a neighbor or a colleague and post it to Twitter with our campus hashtag #AMCMS.

Thursday December 10th -- Day 4

Day 4 Challenge -- Share the Learning

To complete today's challenge, take a picture of the learning that is happening within your classroom or learning that you see taking place throughout the building and post it to Twitter (Tweet It) with our campus hashtag #AMCMS

(Check out the examples below)

Friday December 11th -- Day 5

Day 5 Challenge - Follow Friday #FF

#FF has become a popular hashtag on Twitter and provides you an opportunity to help grow someone's PLN. Compose a tweet mentioning educators on Twitter who you feel others need to be following. The educators you mention could be teammates, colleagues or educators who you follow and learn a great deal from. Be sure to include #FF

Hint: You are able to add more mentions to a tweet if you add a picture and tag up to 10 people in the picture in addition to those you mention in your tweet.

Monday December 14th -- Day 6

Congratulations on surviving the first five days of the 10 Days of Twitter Challenge. Hopefully the weekend recharged the battery for the final five days of the Twitter Challenge.

Day 6 Challenge - #CelebrateMonday

Twitter can provide an extra layer of people who understand. Twitter is full of amazing teachers who are doing the work and share the same successes and struggles as you. Participating in#CelebrateMonday allows you to lift up members of your PLN and provides them with a "shot in the arm" or a "pat on the back" when they least expect it. We all need to know we are appreciated and #CelebrateMonday allows you do that. Plus, it makes us feel good when we recognize others!

Today's challenge is to compose a #CelebrateMonday tweet where you specifically celebrate/recognize members of your PLN.

Tuesday December 15th -- Day 7

Day 7 Challenge - Read/Share a Blog Post or #CSISDchat Twitter Chat

Twitter is full of educators who share their learning with a blog. Do you follow someone who has a blog? Have you read one of their recent posts? Maybe you have a blog of your own.

Today's challenge is to share a blog post you have read (or will read) from a member of your PLN. To ensure what you share gets seen by others, you can use a popular hashtag such as#edchat. Of course, you can include #CSISD so your PLN members at AMCMS learn from you as well.


Participate in the #CSISDChat that begins at 8:00pm on Twitter!

Wednesday December 16th -- Day 8

Day 8 Challenge - PLN Video

Today's challenge will be the challenge that pushes you just outside of your comfort level. Introduce yourself to your PLN via video. Twitter allows you to take a 30 sec. video clip and post it.

In your 30 second video clip, introduce yourself and share why a professional learning network is important to you. Include the hashtag #AMCMS so we can grow our PLNs.

Thursday December 17th -- Day 9

Day 9 Challenge - Educational Christmas List

We all have a Christmas list. Our own, our children's and loved ones we are shopping for.

What if you created a Christmas list for education. What would be on it?

Today's challenge is to share what you would have on your Educational Christmas List. Be sure your tweet includes the hashtag #AMCMS

As a bonus...create your Educational Christmas List using a web-based platform like Canva or Piktochart and share the image you have created.

Friday December 18th -- Day 10

Day 10 Challenge - Celebration Day

As your PLN grows, you will begin to develop relationships with those you are learning with. As these professional relationships grow, you begin to learn more about one another.

Today is an Early Release Day. Celebrate the completion of the Fall Semester and the week of finals with your students. Take pictures and share with your new PLN and the world how your classes celebrated the last school day of 2015.

How to Twitter - an introduction or basic tutorial
10 Things You Didn't Know About Twitter
Congratulations! You did it! You completed the Twitter 10 Day Challenge.

Stop by the office to see me and claim your Twitter 10 Day Challenge Gift.