Broward Schools Twitter Challenge

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8 Day Twitter Challenge

Just by participating in all 8 days of the challenge, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Dunkin' Donuts gift card and a well-earned Twitter shout out! Winners of the challenge will be announced the week of February 8th.

Why Twitter?

Twitter is a form of personalized professional development? It's true! Become a connected educator in a way that no other resource can allow! Twitter instantly connects you to thousands of educators all around the world who are discussing issues that are relevant to you and your classroom. Making professional connections via Twitter can not only result in the sharing of ideas and resources, but also combat the sense of isolation that many teachers experience. It’s like having a professional development seminar available at your fingertips twenty-four hours a day! Go beyond your four walls, step out of your comfort zone, and jump on the Twitter bandwagon!

Confused? Be sure to check-out the handy little Twitter Cheat Sheet for Educators (located below) to help you get started.

Twitter Challenge Timeline

January 20, 2016 - Day 1

Sign up for a Twitter account. Make sure you change the egg to a picture, and update your profile so that others can see your role in education, passions, and interests. If you already have an account, help someone get set up! Then share your Twitter handle with us by tagging #BrowardK12 as part of your first tweet. Please use the hashtag #BrowardK12 to receive credit for your post.

To tag #BrowardK12 you simply include #BrowardK12 in your tweet. Tweet is the Twitter word for message.

January 21, 2016 - Day 2

It's time to grow your Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter! Following relevant people on Twitter is a great way to gain new followers of your own. Follow 10 new people from the education world who are interested in similar topics, and cross your fingers for a "follow back." Post a tweet about your growing PLN. Please use the hashtag #BrowardK12 to receive credit for your post.

Search for people or groups to follow by clicking on the magnifying glass and typing in the name/topic you want to search. You can also search by viewing who someone follows that you already follow.

January 22, 2016 - Day 3

Twitter Chats are a great way to collaborate with colleagues and other educators throughout the state and country. Join in on one of the LIVE chats (listed below) that will take place on Twitter specifically for you!!

Search for #BrowardK12. Read the LIVE feed during the time of the chat and respond to questions and posts. Favorite (click on the heart) tweets you like. Retweet posts that you really like. Feel free to add a comment on a post by either clicking reply or quote tweet. Be sure to include #BrowardK12 in ALL of your responses.

January 22nd at 3:00 - 3:30 PM

January 22nd at 3:30 - 4:00 PM

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January 25, 2016 - Day 4

Tweet a photo of quality work completed in your classroom today! Use the hashtag #BrowardK12 and #CelebrateMonday. Retweet the pictures of others and spread the joy of learning beyond our school walls!

Important: Be cautious when tweeting. Please do not include any student identifiers.

January 26, 2016 - Day 5

In 140 characters or less, share your favorite lesson to teach and tell us why! If you have a supporting picture, include that as well (just be advised the pic will use up some of the 140 characters). Use the hashtag #BrowardK12. Read the tweets of other teachers and find someone who you could go learn more from!

Remember to RT (Retweet) lessons of colleagues that you think deserve a bigger audience because they are rock stars!

January 27, 2016 - Day 6

It's Welcome to Twitter Wednesday! Take a selfie with a team member or colleague or students and tag using the hashtags #BrowardK12 and #WelcomeWednesday.

Reminder: Check the "follow" lists of your colleagues and find some folks to follow. This is a great way to grow!

January 28, 2016 - Day 7

Share some thoughts or ideas from this week's chat! It could be something you learned, or a resource that was shared, or an idea someone gave you! Tag it with the chat's hashtag and also use the district hashtag #BrowardK12 . If you are giving credit to someone else, be sure to include their Twitter handle in the tweet as well!

Fun with Hashtags - #TBT stands for Throwback Thursday. For extra credit, why not tweet a fun picture from days gone by?

Try to join our very own #SoFLEdChat tonight at 9:00 PM

Chats similar to #SoFLEdChat go on all the time. Find one (or more) that YOU think sounds interesting and most importantly relevant for you and commit to a chat in the future! Remember, lurking is okay. Then tweet out which chat you will be going to join! Include the chat hashtag, as well as our district hashtag, in your tweet. For example: "I'm going to be joining #edchat tonight! #BrowardK12" or "I am going to be joining #5thchat tomorrow! #BrowardK12"

Reminder: FOLLOW some folks in your chat tonight and grow your PLN!

Monday's at 8:00 PM - #4thchat - This is a chat for 4th grade teachers. Each grade and subject area have a Twitter chat. Search the hashtag (#) that you are interested in to see what day/time they meet.

Monday's at 8:00 PM - #EdTechChat - Educational Technology Chat

Tuesday's at 7:00 PM - #EdChat - Education Chat

Tuesday's at 8:00 PM - #pblchat - Project-Based Learning Chat

Wednesday's at 8:00 PM - #FLEdChat - Florida Educator's Chat

Wednesday's at 8:00 PM - #ntchat - New Teacher's Chat

Thursday's at 9:00 PM - #SoFLEdChat - South Florida Educator's Chat

Saturday's at 7:30 AM - #satchat - Saturday Chat

Saturday's at 10:30 AM - #satchatwc - Saturday Chat for West Coast

Sunday's at 8:00 PM - #21stEdChat - 21st Century Learning Chat

Sunday's at 9:00 PM - #EdThink - Educators Discussing the upcoming week

These are just scratching the service. There are 100's of chats that will meet your specific needs and passions.

Click on this link for schedule of some chats. Chat Calendar

January 29, 2016 - Day 8

Your PLN (Professional Learning Network) has surely grown due to the chats you've participated in and the interactions you have had on Twitter over the past two weeks! #FF means "Follow Friday." This is a chance for you to share the Twitter handles of those you think others should follow! For example, #FF @BrowardSchools. So today, #FF a few people and tell us who we should be following! Be sure to use the hashtags #FF and #BrowardK12.


Stay Connected

With questions contact:

Keith Peters (@principalkp)

Gator Run Elementary Principal

Russ Schwartz (@russ_schwartz)

McNab Elementary Principal