The 14-Day Twitter Challenge
Learning to Use Twitter - For Educators
Twitter for Educators
However, even with the amazing benefits that Twitter offers, many teachers new to this tool sign up, tweet once or twice, and then don't persevere. They miss out on an incredible learning journey with opportunities to connect with other educators on deeper levels than would otherwise be possible
To assist with the goal of helping unlock Twitter's potential for educational PD, here is a 14 day twitter challenge for our class. Jump in wherever you need to. Accept the challenge and reap the rewards of powerful connections and new learning.
Watch the video below for an overview of Twitter.
DAY 1 - SIGN UP
1. Visit www.twitter.com and create a free account. Check out the video below which guides you through the sign up process. If you already have a personal Twitter account, you may want to set up a professional account in addition. On mobile devices, you can easily switch between accounts when tweeting.
Username tip: Twitter automatically generates a username (aka twitter handle) for you. You can change it to something else, or leave it as is. You are not locked into this username, but can change it later, if you like.
Twitter will prompt you to follow people. (You can always unfollow them later if their tweets don't interest you.)
Recommendations of people to follow:
2. Please add your twitter handle to the google spreadsheet called Twitter Challenge. This way we will know who is participating in the challenge, and we can follow each other.
DAY 2 - UPDATE YOUR PROFILE
Look at the profile of the tweeps you have selected to follow and specifically look at their bio, in preparation for writing your own bio.
Your bio is a chance to let people know about you and your interests. People will often decide whether or not to follow you based on your bio. 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, your bio can contain a link to it.
Find your profile by clicking on the gear at the top right of the screen, and then selecting 'Edit Profile.' Or click on your name, which is right beside your profile picture.
Add your bio, and update your profile photo. Don't remain an 'egg'.
DAY 3 - FIND & FOLLOW
In the search bar, type in any subject area to find more people of interest, and follow them. For example, a search for Math will show results of people who tweet about math. Try other subjects that are relevant to you.
- Follow 5 new people.
- Favourite some of their tweets.
DAY 4 - YOUR FIRST TWEET
Ideas: Let people know where and what you teach, or who you'd like to connect with. Finish your first tweet with a hashtag. See the picture below for an example.
DAY 5 - THE BASICS
Engage in the basics of Twitter:
1. Reply to a tweet from someone you follow.
2. Retweet (RT) a tweet that is worthy of sending out to your followers.
3. Favourite three tweets you like.
- When talking about people or organizations with Twitter accounts, use @
Examples: @JimHewitt5 @OISENews
- When tagging a tweet so it can be grouped together with other tweets for search and chat purposes, use #
Examples: #ctl7016 #edchat
DAY 6 - MOBILE
Download a twitter app to your phone or tablet. Below are three examples of Twitter Apps available on both iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
- Post your first mobile tweet that includes a photo.
The official twitter app.
A popular twitter app worth checking out.
A powerful Twitter App, with some more advanced features.
DAY 7 - HASHTAGS
In the search bar, type in one of the following hashtags.
- Follow at least 5 new people you find interesting.
- Retweet something interesting.
Check out this infographic for more educational hashtags. After searching some of them in the Twitter search bar,
- Follow at least 5 new people you find interesting.
- Tweet at least 2 times, creating your own hashtags that describe the content of your tweets
You are half-way through the Challenge!
Talkin-Tweetin' Blues by vonflue
DAY 8 - FOLLOW COLLEAGUES
DAY 9 - SHARE
DAY 10 - FIND A TWITTER CHAT
Look through this list of educational Twitter Chats, and find one that seems interesting to you. Note the time it takes place, and put it in your calendar. Send out a tweet announcing you plan to attend the next meeting of that Twitter Chat. Don't forget to attend and participate in the chat.
DAY 11 - DISCUSS
Post a thought-provoking statement or question on Twitter, and invite your followers to respond and answer.
DAY 12 - PREPARING FOR A TWITTER CHAT
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.
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. Test one of these platforms out before your first Twitter Chat, to become familiar with it.
DAY 13 - ROUND OUT
You might want to follow your local news feed, or any number of UofT tweeters.
DAY 14 - THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
Congratulations! You are now at day 14 of the challenge. This is really just the beginning of your learning journey that can happen on Twitter.
The 14-Day Twitter Challenge is designed to assist people with the initial stages of discovery on Twitter. Continue beyond the 14-day stage and reap the rewards for years to come. Check out 100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education.