SMC 14 Day Twitter Challenge

Become a Tweep by taking up our 14 day Twitter Challenge

To tweet or not to tweet?

For a long time I simply didn't get twitter! Why do I need to know if someone is having a cup of coffee or sitting on the bus? But gradually people kept telling me about the power of twitter and how great it is for educators. So I gave it a go and had a play. I discovered that there are so many like minded teachers out there sharing a wealth of fantastic information. I found out how to create this flyer through twitter! I can honestly say that being on Twitter has given me some of the BEST PD that I have ever had!

I found the idea of 'The 14 Day Twitter Challenge' on Twitter and want to acknowledge 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.

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

Day 1 - Hello Twitter!

Task 1:

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:






Task 2:

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;-)

Task 3:

Look at the profile of the tweeps you have selected to follow and specifically look at their bio in preparation for writing your own.

Task 4:

Please add your twitter handle to the google spreadsheet called - SMC Staff Twitter Handles -

Twitter for PE Teachers

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 4 - Find and Follow

@TrainTheTeacher (Stephanie) has a NZ Tweeps list. Click on Find 10 people of interest to follow.

Day 5 - Your first tweet

Compose a tweet and introduce yourself. Remember to include where (CHCH or NZ is fine) & what you teach. Finish your tweet with #smcnzchat. "Hi I am new to twitter. I teach.... ? Looking forward to connecting with other educators"

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 5 of the 14 Day Twitter Challenge for Teachers

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

Find and add all SMC tweeps. In preparation for a SMC Tweet Chat, have a think about something great that has happened this year in your classroom and be prepared to tweet about it at the chat.

Day 9 - Power Up

Make one new tweet that could include something great or a struggle from your teaching that day or a question for the day. Remember to include #smcnzchat in your tweet.

Other missions for the day include:

  • Find 2 tweets of significant value and favourite them.
  • Retweet something interesting

Day 10 - Digging Deeper

  1. Respond to at least 2 tweets
  2. Retweet at least 2 tweets
  3. Favourite something you could use in class

Day 11 - Preparing for a twitter chat

Don’t rely on (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 I recommend using 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 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

Participate in the next #edchatnz - these chats take place at 8.30pm every second Thursday.

Follow @MissDSciTeacher who is the founder of #edchatnz.

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.

Check out this link for the roadmap to using twitter in your classroom

Happy tweeting!

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