Twitter Tutorial for teachers

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Learn why and how to twitter. A self teaching guide for teachers. Can be used for workshops as well


<ul><li><p>IA</p><p>ICT Skills: Communication and collaborationCommunicating via Micro-blogging</p></li><li><p>By the end of this e-torial, you will be able to:Communicate using a micro-blogging systemCreate a learning networkLearn on the fly! This e-torial makes use of the following programmes or tools: Browsers: Internet Explorer/Firefox Twitter (an online tool)OutcomesTools</p><p>Basic ICT SkillsCommunicating via Micro-blogging</p></li><li><p>What is micro-bloggingSome motivation to twitter (or not)What do your tweets say about you?Get twittering!Sign upUpdate your settingsCreate your first tweetSome guidelinesReading and replying to tweetsRe-tweetingCreate your twitter learning networkDirectories, lists and networksFollowersMore things you can do with twitter:Twitter straight from your cell phoneDirect messagesChange your profile pictureFinding stuff: Using Hashtags #More resources and readingDiscussion</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingIndex</p></li><li><p>What are you doing right now?Tell me all about it in 140 or less words!!!Some reading. Nine reasons why you should use twitter in schools# Interesting Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom (a collaborative effort)</p><p>Why would I like to know about what you are doing all the time? Video: Click here to Play</p><p>Basic ICT SkillsWhat is Micro-blogging?</p></li><li><p>Cosand became a Twitterer about a year ago, and he now considers Twitter one of his best sources of real-time professional development. "I'm able to get information and find opportunities I wouldn't have been able to gather on my own," he says.Teachers who are fans say they appreciate the easy-to-use tool as a quick way to network with colleagues. They like being able to ask and answer questions, learn from experts, share resources, and react to events on the fly. Critics argue that it's nothing but a high tech distraction. Meanwhile, new ideas for using Twitter in education continue to emerge and evolve. The best way to weigh the pros and cons of this free tool is to try it for yourselfWhat articles are you looking at?Live reporting from an eventCheck out this cool new resourceSource : </p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingSome motivation to twitter (or not)</p></li><li><p>Are the tweets helpful?Would you like to have him/her in your network?What does this person do for a living?What is s(h)e tweeting about?</p><p>Basic ICT SkillsWhat do your tweets say about you?</p></li><li><p>What does this person do for a living?What is s(h)e tweeting about?Are the tweets helpful?Would you like to have him/her in your network?</p><p>Basic ICT SkillsWhat do your tweets say about you?</p></li><li><p>What does this person do for a living?What is s(h)e tweeting about?Are the tweets helpful?Would you like to have him/her in your network?</p><p>Basic ICT SkillsWhat do your tweets say about you?</p></li><li><p>What does this person do for a living?What is s(h)e tweeting about?Are the tweets helpful?Would you like to have him/her in your network?</p><p>Basic ICT SkillsWhat do your tweets say about you?</p></li><li><p>Use Twitter to tell the world about the challenges you face as a subject advisor/teacherGo to (or type it into the address bar) Click on Sign up nowI ACTIVITYGet ready to start a learning journey..</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingActivity: Register for a Twitter account</p></li><li><p>Type in your:Full names (Twitter is about real people!)Username (Make it relevant)Password (choose something that you will remember)E-mail addressType the code accuratelyClick on Create my accountPeter PumpkinPeterp*************PeterP@gmail.comNewins spondentYou can skip the next few twitter screens, and get straight into twittering or.</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingActivity: Register for a Twitter account</p></li><li><p>This feature makes it easy to find your friends if you have a Gmail/Yahoo/ AOL e-mail accountClick on your provider (eg Gmail)Enter you Gmail address and passwordContinueWhat if I do not have a Gmail, Yahoo or AOL e-mail?Tick your friends that you want to followClick followClick on ..</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingActivity: Add your friends</p></li><li><p>Do not follow anybody who you have not checked out first- click on Skip this stepYou do not have to follow the tweople presented here.I am not a sheep</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingDecide who (not) to follow</p></li><li><p>Click on SettingsFill in your real name otherwise we will not be able to find you!Your username and e-mail should be filled in alreadyChange your time zone to (GMT+2) PretoriaFill in your web/blog address or ( line Bio: A little about who you are Location: District + TownClick on SavePeter Pumpkin subject advisorPretoria South Africa</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingTwitter: Update your settings</p></li><li><p>Go ahead, tell us about the problems and challenges you face as a teacher/subject advisor.</p><p>Remember you only have 140 characters!</p><p>Update your status!</p><p>If you cannot say it in 140 characters, feel free to do a few tweets.tweet tweet..You cannot POSSIBLY have THAT many problems now can you???</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingActivity: Get twittering!</p></li><li><p>DO:Use good languageShare good learning resourcesAsk questions and give answers/opinionsThink before you tweetAdd value to your networkDONT:Use ALL CAPS (it is screaming)Tweet in an altered stateForget to credit those tweets that you are passing on (re-tweeting- RT)Remember that your tweets are very public</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingTwitter is tweet: A few guidelines</p></li><li><p>Tweets are in reverse chronological order, according to time, with the newest at the top.If you click on Home, you will see all the tweets of the people you are followingIf you want to reply to a tweet hit the reply arrow or include @theotherpersonsusername in your tweetTo read anybodys tweets, click on their twitter name eg If you want to find a specific tweet again you can mark it as a favourite, using the star next to the tweet.</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingActivity: Reading and replying to tweets</p></li><li><p>Re-tweeting is a way to pass on valuable links and resources from your network to your followersCopy and paste the original tweet into the Update windowAdd RT for retweet (it is short!) in front of the @personss nameRe-tweeting peoples tweets also make them aware that you value their contribution and they will probably follow you, building a stronger network kjarrettRT @shareski RE: PLCs. "If everything is mandated and structured. It fails. Same with classrooms."RT</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingRe-tweeting</p></li><li><p>Important to read the persons Bio or blog and look at their tweets before you decide to follow him or her.A colleague, teacher.Someone I can learn with/fromSomeone who will shareAn expert in the fieldSomeone?Click on Find People Type name in search windowClick searchLook if it is the person that you want to followClick follow!!!!!!Wesley FryerWho should I follow?How?</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingCreate your twitter learning network</p></li><li><p>Another effective way to find twitter learning partners:Find someone who share the same interests / subject area as you. Click on their picture and choose FollowClick on THEIR network and explore/follow some of their contactsSome of my learning Gurus!!!Some teachers!!!ConferencesSome friends!!If someone does not live up to your expectations, remove them from your network</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingCreate your twitter learning network</p></li><li><p>More ways to find twitter learning and teaching partners:Consult educator directories, social networks and lists:Twitter4teachers (A global wiki to add to)Educators on twitter (add yourself to the directory here)South African educators or join sateachers twibe TwitterpacksTop 100 edu-tweeps (twitterers/tweople) ;-)Tweet4education (A social network of twittering teachers writing a book to help teachers to twitter!)Twitter for professional developmentGood idea: Go through at least 2 pages of a persons tweets before deciding if the person will be of value on your learning pathway!</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingCreate your twitter learning network</p></li><li><p>If a person has an undesirable profile you can block them from following you! But remember, your tweets might just educate them! That is a good thing. It means that you are adding value to the twitter-sphere and growing your learning network!You will get an e-mail telling you that someone is following youGo to their profile page, read their tweets, Bio/blog and decide if you want to follow them back or notAt the top of their page, click on FollowYou will be able to send them a direct private message once they are following youHelp, I am being followed!!!!!</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingFollowers</p></li><li><p>Twitter straight from your cell phone Just send an SMS to 447624801423 (The cell phone that you send from must be the one registered with Twitter! See Devices under settings)</p><p>Send meeting notificationsTwitter a meeting from your phoneYour twitter can become a notice board for your teachers..? Send a direct message (DM) to someone</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingMore things you can do with Twitter</p></li><li><p>Click on Direct messagesClick on the dropdown and select the personType your messageSendWill this message be private or will it show up in my timeline?Your intended person will receive the twitter in his/her e-mail inbox as well!Video: Click to playYou can only send DMs to someone who is following you.</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingSend Direct messages</p></li><li><p>Decide how much of yourself you would like to show in your Bio. Stick to your interests/ occupation rather than give out too much personal information! Link your Bio to your blog or school/organisational website.To change your Bio or website address, go to Settings (See slide 12)We always need to be aware of how much information we divulge, whether it is in our Bio or in our tweets!If you feel strongly about your privacy, you can protect your twitter account, which means that people have to ask to follow youWhat about privacy?</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingChange/Update Your Bio</p></li><li><p>Do I need to have a profile picture?A profile picture gives people a visual sense of who you are / would like to be / see yourselfWhat do these pictures tell you about the person?Who is the. Librarian, Maths teacher, Academic, Learning activist, Gardener, Primary school teacher, Lifelong learner, Technology director, Biology teacher, English teacher ????Who are these people????Your picture becomes a connection point! So please change this boring brown one for one that makes sense..</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingChange your profile picture</p></li><li><p>Click on Settings PictureBrowse to a suitable picture of yourself on your PCA real picture of yourself is encouraged!If you are shy, upload an Avatar (a picture representing you)</p><p>You can also change the background of your main twitter page (Settings Design Upload a picture </p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingChange your profile picture</p></li><li><p>How can I find specific tags and tweets about topics?Click on HomeType in your search term in the search window on the right eg mathematics or subjectadvisors It is important to tag your tweet by inserting a marker (a searchable) word into it using hashtags #. Create a tag that will be unique to your topic or group When you twitter about twitter and how it can be used for teaching and learning, please use the hashtag #twitter4ed Maths</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingFinding stuff: Using Hashtags #</p></li><li><p>Twitter handbook for teachers A basic down to earth guideTwitter for education tagged resourcesOn DeliciousOn Diigo A search across the tags education and twitter using these book-marking systemsTwitter search for the hash-tags #twitter and #education or #twitter4ed</p><p>I better join the twitter revolution!!!!There are also lots of applications (software) that have been created to accommodate the use of twitter for all kinds of purposes</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingMore resources and reading</p></li><li><p>How can a micro-blogging tool accommodate communication and learning? What drawbacks can there be in using a tool like this one? What skills will you need to use tools like these? If the tool must fit the purpose, how, when and where will you use this tool as a SA/teacher?</p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingDiscussion: Twitter the following questions</p></li><li><p>This e-torial was developed by maggiev for the Department of Education for use by subject advisors and teachers in South Africa</p><p>All e-turials can be found on theThutong </p><p>Follow some </p><p>Basic ICT Skills: Micro bloggingAbout this Presentation information</p><p>This tutorial (learning object LOB) deals with how to set up a twitter account and use twitter in the classroom and to create a learning network. Even though getting a Twitter account is actually a beginner skill, the actual use of Twitter demands a greater understanding of usefulness of the tool in an educational setting- therefore it is geared towards users with some understanding of the use of ICT in the classroom. </p><p>Skills Level: Intermediate/advancedConnectivity requiredTool: Twitter and a browser **To return to the index slide, just click on the orange house icon on the top right of every slide.**If you click on the picture it will open up your Windows Media Player to play the video. To return to the slideshow, just close the player. (Click X at the top right)</p><p>The original twitter video can be found here: </p><p>This is a quick discussion. As a summary, ask participants to pick out 5 things you can do with twitter.*Participants must skim and scan over the tweets for this person and answer the questions.Ask additional questions like:Where does this person work? What irritates this person?*Participants must skim and scan over the tweets for this person and answer the questions.</p><p>*Participants must skim and scan over the tweets for this person and answer the questions.</p><p>*Participants must skim and scan over the tweets for this person and answer the questions.Ask additional questions like:Where does s(h)e stay?**Check your mailbox for your welcome message from Twitter!** *If participants have limited skills, skip this step and start twittering straight away (skip next 2 slides)</p><p>Suggestions: By using your name, other like minded people can find you. Your BIO is very important. Dont use your work name (why not?) but rather state your interest eg A biology teacher who loves technology. **It is okay to do personal tweets in between as long as you make sure that you are always thinking about personal privacy issues as well as making sure that you add value to your network*Ask participants to reply to one anothers tweets (at least 3)</p><p>*We can re-tweet what others are tweeting about by adding RT and the @theotherperson to our re-tweeted tweet! It is considered bad etiquette to not give credit to those tweople/peeps (people) in your twitter network who first alerted you to the res...</p></li></ul>