Twitter Challenge!

Created by @lsawyer0109

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Take the Twitter Challenge!

A little over a year ago, I created a Twitter account. I did absolutely nothing with it, and quite honestly, wasn't sure what the hype was all about. Then, this past summer at the Quality Educator Convention in Madison, I met Peter DeWitt. He was talking about the benefits of Twitter and asked if I had a Twitter account. I was a little embarrassed to tell him that I had an account sitting there, absolutely empty. He gave me a challenge; we took a "selfie" and he challenged me to figure out how to tweet it and then spend a few minutes looking around on Twitter.


As I shared with you at inservice, it took awhile, but with the help of my daughter, I figured it out. Then, I got my first "retweet" from Peter DeWitt! I spent some time exploring and starting following some key people in education. I was off to a slow start, but was beginning to see that there was a lot of PD out there.

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Then, someone told me about "Twitter Chats". Chats are essentially on-line PLCs that "meet" on a consistent basis at a designated time/place to discuss a topic. Groups like #PBISchat meet every Tuesday night at 8:00. You can start to see the great conversations and PD available to you! For my first chat, I "lurked". That means someone who watches the tweets, but doesn't add any. My daughter taught me how to participate in my next chat, and I was hooked!


I have loved growing my PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network) and discovering new chats. My PD this summer was so much more than I could have imagined! On Twitter, I learned about EDCamps and participated in one this summer in Chicago. I was able to meet some of the incredible people that had become part of my PLN.


There is no end to where you can go with Twitter and I am excited to be on this journey with you!

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Here We Go!

Details for our challenge...

#HSDPLN (Horicon School District Professional Learning Network)

We will be using this # to share ideas.
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READY!!

CHALLENGE #1

Sign up for a Twitter account. (See link below)


Your photo will be an EGG. Make sure you change the egg to a picture (doesn't have to be your face, but it can't stay a Twitter egg)


Update your profile so that others can see your role in education, passions, and interests.


If you already have an account, help someone else get set up! Remember to put HSD as part of your handle (if you are creating a new account).


Then share your Twitter handle with us on the Google Doc below! Follow your colleagues!

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CHALLENGE #2

Tweet a selfie (that's a picture with you in it... it's a real word now!) or an "usie" (that's a picture with a team member or colleague in it) and use the hashtag #HSDPLN


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

CHALLENGE #3

Tweet a snapshot or description of quality work completed in your classroom today! Use the hashtag #HSDPLN


Retweet other's pictures/tweets and spread the joy of learning beyond our school walls!

CHALLENGE #4

Find some of the quality work that others tweeted in Challenge 3, and retweet a few of them. Reply to at least 2 tweets! Use the hashtag #HSDPLN

CHALLENGE #5

Take a look at the Twitter Education Chat Calendar below. Find one (or more) that you think sound interesting and most importantly relevant for you. You will find chats for school counselors, librarians, spec ed teachers, fine arts teachers, regular ed teachers....the possibilities are endless!


Commit to a chat in the next 6 days! Remember, lurking is okay. Then tweet out which chat you will be going to! Include the chat hashtag, as well as our school hashtag, in your tweet.


For example:

"I'm going to be joining #TMchat Sunday at 9pm! #HSDPLN"

or

"I am going to be joining #5thchat Tuesday at 7pm! #HSDPLN"

FYI: The #miched chat at 7pm on Wednesday is Michigan teachers, however don't hesitate to join another state's chat. I particularly enjoy South Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Ohio chats.


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

CHALLENGE #6

Read some of the chats that others are planning to attend this week. After their chat, ask them how it was day after (in a tweet... of course!).

For example, if @lsawyer0109 tweets


  • "I'm looking forward to joining #educoach on Wednesday. #HSDPLN"



Then on Thursday you might tweet,


  • "@lsawyer0109 How was your #educoach chat last night? #HSDPLN"


Then watch for a notification from @lsawyer0109 for her reply to your question.

TWITTER CHAT BASICS

Use this link to get some information on how to participate in a Twitter Chat.

CHALLENGE #7

You have some rockstar colleagues! Tweet out something a colleague is doing in teaching that you want to know more about or you think should be shared!


Tag it with the person's Twitter handle and also use the hashtag #HSDPLN (See example below!)

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CHALLENGE #8

In 140 characters or less, share your favorite lesson to teach and tell us why! If you have a supporting picture (anchor chart, product, or doc), include that as well (just be advised the pic will use up some of the 140).


Use the hashtag #HSDPLN


Read the tweets of other teachers and find someone from whom you could go learn more!

CHALLENGE #9

Tweet some thoughts or ideas from the chat you attended from Challenge #5.


It could be something you learned, or a resource that was shared, or any thought about the chat itself! Tag it with the chat's hashtag and also use the hashtag #HSDPLN.


If you are giving credit to someone else, be sure to include his/her Twitter handle in the tweet as well!


Example:

Thanks for sharing the Twitter challenge @conniehamilton. I tweaked it to fit my staff. #HSDPLN

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CHALLENGE #10

Your PLN has surely grown due to the chats you've done and the interaction you have had on Twitter the past two weeks!


#FF means "Friday Follow" a chance for you to share a few who you think others should follow! So today, #FF a few people and tell us who we should be following!


Use the hashtag #VBPLN

WORTH WATCHING!

The video below talks about the importance of being the first to try out a new idea. We hope it inspires you!
First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

RESOURCES

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE #HSDPLN TWITTER CHALLENGE!!