Feared by many educators almost as much as Facebook, Twitter is blocked by many school districts. Many people think that Twitter is a huge waste of time - just another way to stay in tune with the antics of celebrities and sports figures. I admit that I do enjoy trying to “keep up” with the Kardashians; they are after all, very entertaining! However, entertainment aside, Twitter can be a very useful tool for students and educators to communicate easily and effectively.
Deciding to start using Twitter can be a bit frightening. After all, what are you possibly going to Tweet about? My suggestion is to not worry about what you're going to say. Instead, start off real simple and just follow a few frequent-tweeting educators (such as: Gregory Kulowiec, KathySchrock, Dan Callahan, Patrick Larkin and Tom Daccord). Once you get a sense of what other educators are tweeting about you’ll become more comfortable working with this social networking tool. In addition, follow other individuals, or organizations that you find interesting (such as: MTA, WSJ, NYTimes and Edutopia) and perhaps a favorite politician, a sports figure, or even a Kardashian or two.
Before we dive into Twitter-land, let's talk about security. As educators, we need to be especially careful to ensure that we don't put ourselves in a situation that could compromise our privacy and our professionalism. Here are a few suggestions to protect yourself and your reputation when using Twitter:
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Homework Due: November 15, 2012
2) ReTweet 2 Tweets using our class hashtag, #pln12.
3) Follow additional educators so that you follow a minimum of 25. Pay attention to what they're chatting about. Is there anything that you find interesting or useful?
5) Follow a minimum of 10 random people or organizations.
7) Read the articles about Twitter located at the bottom of the Session 1 & 2 Page. Be prepared to discuss how Twitter might be effectively incorporated into education and specifically, how you might be able to use Twitter.
8) Find an additional web based article about Twitter that you think would benefit our class. While in class, we'll learn how to "shorten" a URL and how to include a link to your article in a Tweet.
9) Be sure that you're following me on both of my Twitter handles.
10) Visit the Edudemic web site on hashtags and find a few that are interesting to you. Then, either in Twitter or TweetChat, use that hashtag to see what all the chatting is about! Be prepared to share your findings with our class.
11) Be sure that you are following me (LoriAlighieri & LoriTech1) and all the class participants.
12) Play around with Twitter and have fun!