SMC 14 Day Twitter Challenge
Become a Tweep by taking up our 14 day Twitter Challenge
To tweet or not to tweet?
I found the idea of 'The 14 Day Twitter Challenge' on Twitter and want to acknowledge firstname.lastname@example.org and @HELENOFTROY for this great idea.
As we're using social media then it only seems right for me to introduce this challenge in a social way, with drinks and nibbles on Thursday 7th November at 4pm in JC103.
Day 1 - Hello Twitter!
Sign up to twitter. The following video steps you through the process. Username tip: Include NZ in your username to show which country you are from. This name will be for your professional use. You may want to create a separate name if you want a personal twitter.
Five recommended tweeps to follow:
Search on a subject to find more people of interest. For example PEGeeks will get PE Teachers. Now is a good time to find our wonderful SMC IT guys @smcitdept;-)
Look at the profile of the tweeps you have selected to follow and specifically look at their bio in preparation for writing your own.
Please add your twitter handle to the google spreadsheet called - SMC Staff Twitter Handles - https://docs.google.com/a/stmargarets.school.nz/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoUxXOEh75_FdC0yV0tNejVMNFdpWGN3TkFXYWNMTXc#gid=0
Day 2 - Update Profile
The first thing to do is to let people know about you and your interests. The more descriptive your bio is the better chances you have to be followed by like-minded people. If you have a blog or website than link to it and let others discover it.
Find your profile by clicking on the person icon at the top right of the screen. Remember to include a photo. Don't remain an 'egg'.
Day 3 - Hash Tags
Hash tags make twitter easier to search, share and chat.
Search the following hash tags
Find a tweet of interest and follow that person. You may want to favourite the tweet.
Day 5 - Your first tweet
Day 6 - The Basics
Engage in the basics of Twitter, and respond to a tweet from someone you follow.
@ – when placed in front of a Twitter name, it allows the person to see a reply to them under "Replies"
RT: – you use this to re-tweet a tweet that is worthy of sending again to your followers; this is a great way to gain followers
#- Hashtags - to track specific conversations ( Use Twitter Search to see what I mean)
Favourite - Save interesting tweets to a list of your favourites
View the video tutorial below and witness the basics in action
Day 7 - Hash Tags
Search the following hash tags:
- Follow 3 new people
- Favourite an interesting tweet
- Retweet something interesting
Day 8 - Find SMC Tweeps
Day 9 - Power Up
Other missions for the day include:
- Find 2 tweets of significant value and favourite them.
- Retweet something interesting
Day 10 - Digging Deeper
- Respond to at least 2 tweets
- Retweet at least 2 tweets
- Favourite something you could use in class
Day 11 - Preparing for a twitter chat
Don’t rely on Twitter.com (although it is a place to start!)
If you’re taking part in a popular chat, you will find it far easier to follow if you use a different twitter client than twitter.com. I recommend using http://tweetchat.com/ or others suggest twitterfall or hootsuite.
It’s a matter of personal preference so you might like to try a couple of different options until you find the one that works best for you.
Have a go at using http://tweetchat.com/ and sign in using your twitter sign on. Watch the video below to become familiar with this website.
Day 12 - SMC Tweet Chat
- On Wednesday 20th November at 3pm there will be a tweet chat with the hash tag #SMCNZchat. Please login at 4pm and tweet one great thing that happened this year in the classroom. Remember to use the hash tag #smcnzchat.
- Respond to at least 1 tweet with your thoughts and opinions.
Day 13 - Twitter Chat
Follow @MissDSciTeacher who is the founder of #edchatnz.https://sites.google.com/site/edchatnz/home
Day 14 - Just the beginning!
Wahoo! You are now at day 14 of the challenge. This is just the beginning of your learning journey.
The 14 Day Twitter Challenge is designed to get you started and help out with twitter basics. Continue beyond the 14 day stage and gain some of the best PD out there.
You may even want to use twitter with the girls. You could set up a class twitter account. #kidsedchatnz takes place on Wednesdays at 2 pm. http://kidsedchatnz.blogspot.co.nz/.
Check out this link for the roadmap to using twitter in your classroom http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/10/teachers-roadmap-to-use-of-twitter-in.html