Becoming Connected

How & Why to Have a Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Weatherford ISD is to teach, challenge, and inspire each student
in a safe, nurturing environment to succeed in the global community.
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My Twitter Story

  • 19 years as a classroom teacher
  • Requirement of a grad class
  • Began following people
  • Lurked for about a year
  • Observed during chats
  • Finally began to participate
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Why Should YOU connect on Twitter?

"Online communities and learning networks are helping hundreds of thousands of educators learn, reducing isolation and providing “just in time” access to knowledge and opportunities for collaboration."

Twitter is a constant source of support, inspiration, and innovation from professionals all over the world. It is a way to connect with like-minded people, regardless of their position or location, who will encourage you to grow professionally, provide answers and insight to problems posed, and keep you current on trends in education. Twitter provides free professional development each and every time you sign on. Why Twitter? Why not!
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Become a Connected Educator

Connected Educators

Creating Your Profile

  • No Eggs (Post a profile picture)
  • Use your name in your handle, include full name
  • Include information about who you are, what you do in your Bio
  • Use at least your state in your location

Who to Follow

  • Choose wisely. What can they add to your professional growth?
  • Follow people within your district/campus to stay up to date on happenings
  • Find new people to follow while participating in Twitter chats
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Re-Imagine Your Professional Development Experience... with Twitter!

Professional Chats

#satchat Saturdays 7:30-8:30am and 10:30-11:30am EST

#txeduchat Sundays 8:00 CST

#21stadmin Mondays 9:00 EST

#cpchat ongoing conversation

#edtechchat Mondays 8:00 EST

#tlap Mondays 8:00 CST

#edleadchat Mondays 8:00 PST

#txed Wednesdays 8:30 CST

Remember to use the hashtag when participating in chats. You can also search the hashtag to see what people are saying outside the actual chat.

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Now What? Reply, Retweet, Favorite!


Your response to a tweet.


  • Straight RT

  • Quote Tweet

  • MT= Modified Tweet

  • . @ShawnaFord1

  • #hashtag


  • You like it.

  • You saw it.

  • You acknowledge it.

Breakdown of a Tweet

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Pose a Question to Your PLN

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Model Life-Long Learning

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What Does Twitter Look Like in a School?

Twitter in D123

Questions? Need Help?

I am passionate about life long learning and helping others become connected educators. Part of this is connecting with like-minded people through various types of social media such as Twitter and Google+.