I have decided to explore all things Twitter! I must admit I have never used or had any inclination to use Twitter. In undertaking this course (I am currently studying in the area of Teacher-Librarianship) I have come to the conclusion that maybe I can use this in a constructive, informative and educational way both personally as a teacher as well as in the classroom with students. While I can see the possibilities of using Twitter in a classroom setting, in setting up my Twitter account I have decided that I will be using it primarily as a personal learning network to begin with while I become familiar with how Twitter works and how I might introduce it to students effectively if I get the chance to use it in the classroom. So here is the information I have found which supported my decision to start a Twitter account and some tips I have for you if you also decide to fly into the world of Twitter.
Twitter as a platform for collaboration and personal learning…
Adam Couros outlines how Twitter can be effective as a personal learning network in the YouTube video – Using Twitter effectively in education.
Using Twitter in the classroom…
In terms of using Twitter in the classroom I found the following article The Ultimate Guide To Using Twitter In Education by Jeff Dunn (2011) useful in terms of information and links to documents and videos on how Twitter might be used in the classroom (I think it may be aimed at college but could be translated to highschool), setting up your Twitter account, and tips on what to tweet.
Edutopia also has a great article on using Twitter for education it has links to a number of videos all to do with Twitter, how to use it, professional learning, how it can be used in education, Twitter applications, along with links to other resources such as blog posts, infographics and articles. This can be found at the following link – Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education
Getting your Twitter network set up and understanding the lingo…
When I was setting up my Twitter account I found a basic guide which had been set up by one of my lecturers’ to be invaluable in guiding me to a couple of people I might follow. I have found since then a few different resources with information on different educational hashtags which are being used two of these can be seen below:
Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags Compiled By: OnlineCollegeCourses.com
With a limit of only 140 characters allowed for any one post on Twitter, getting your point across can be a challenge. You may find the article Twitter Dictionary: A Guide to Understanding Twitter Lingo by
Once I had set up my account with a few accounts I chose to follow, I then looked at who those people were mentioning and retweeting and if they interested me I chose to follow them. My followers list may change as I use my Twitter account more depending on how useful I find the information tweeted is to my individual situation and you may find this also. Another thing I have done since setting up my Twitter account is to download Tweetdeck. This has allowed me to create lists or groups of people I follow, I have made these lists private so only I can see the groups I have created but you can make them public. You can as I have, download Tweetdeck to your desktop/phone or tablet or you can access it online.
The Tweetdeck application can be downloaded from https://about.twitter.com/products/tweetdeck
You may find someone I am following, retweeting or commenting on interesting and a starting point in setting up your own personal learning network.
Good luck and Happy Tweeting!
About.twitter.com,. (2014). TweetDeck | About. Retrieved 8 October 2014, from https://about.twitter.com/products/tweetdeck
Beal, V. (2014). Twitter Dictionary: A Guide to Understanding Twitter Lingo – Webopedia.com. Webopedia.com. Retrieved from http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/Twitter_Dictionary_Guide.asp
Government of South Australia – Department of Education and Child Development,. (2013). Using Twitter effectively in education – with Alec Couros. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqSCR3HU4eg
Lepi, K. (2012). 300+ Educational Twitter Hashtags Being Used Right Now | Edudemic. Edudemic. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/twitter-hashtags-now/
OnlineCollegeCourses.com,. (2012). Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags – OnlineCollegeCourses.com. Retrieved from http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/10/17/popular-educational-twitter-hashtags/