Social Networking: How Twitter and Other Social Networking Tools Can Enhance the Educational Process

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ABEA Twitter Tweet by Tweets

By Susan Gilley
Bergman School District Technology Coordinator
sgilley@bigfoot.com
http://sgilley.wikispaces.com and http://fur.ly/1bje and http://tietwitter.wikispaces.com

USING TWITTER WITHOUT AN ACCOUNT?


· Go to www.twitter.com
· Type in search phrases and see what people are talking about
· Not all profile pics and/or comments are socially acceptable
EXPLORING WHAT TWITTER IS
Some vocabulary basics
o Tweet
o Twitter handle
o Re-tweet
o Hashtags
o URL Shorteners
Why Twitter?
o Expand your professional learning network (PLN)
o Attend a conference without paying a dime
o Learn and explore new ideas, concepts, web pages, and web2.0 tools
o Send instant messages to all of your followers
o Just for fun
BASIC SKILLS – Create a Twitter Account
· Go to www.twitter.com
· Click sign up now.
· Enter your full name
· Enter your twitter username
· Enter a password – (pick a very secure password)
· Enter your email (note – it will not be displayed)
· Type in the displayed word
· Uncheck the box if you don’t want to receive email updates
· Click create my account
POST BASIC SKILLS
· Expand your professional learning network
o Add someone to follow
§ Login to twitter
§ Click on the find people link
§ Type in a created twitter names of someone you know (uniqsuseq)
§ Click follow
· Practice sending tweets
o Send a tweet
§ Hi @yourusername I’m new to twitter. I am interested in learning how twitter can help me in education. #abea
§ Hi @uniqsuseq I attended your presentation at ABEA. Can you help me expand my PLN?
o When you see a message you like - retweet it
· Finding people to follow on your own
o Login to twitter
o Explore who reputable people are following
o Check out profile information to determine if you want to follow this person or not
o Follow them for a few days – remove if tweets don’t match your interests
o Explore other ideas and following techniques here – http://tietwitter.wikispaces.com/Followers
INTERMEDIATE SKILLS
Following people is where it’s at
o My recommendations are to add the following people: shellterrell, web20classroom, jenwagner, teachakidd, larryferlazzo, cybraryman, rmbyrne, dianadell, and nmhs_principal
· Use lists help you organize tweets and consolidate data
o Create the following lists from the people you follow: admin, teachers, technology. For right now it doesn’t matter who is in each list. You are learning how to create a list and pull up the list to check tweets. Add people from your list into each list.
§ Click on your profile
§ Click on lists
§ Click create new list
§ Type in the name of the list - – let’s make your lists private for now – click create list
§ Click on who you are following – using the icons to the right of each person – click on the list icon and add different people to different lists.
§ Click on the home icon within the twitter menu – click on the lists that now appear in your home menu. Note the padlock that shows that your list is locked. This just means that others can’t see the lists you have created. You can change your mind later and make the list open to others if you so desire.
· Explore other lists
o Click on the people you are following and explore their lists. Choose some lists to follow if you desire.
· (Optional) Choose to receive tweets as text messages
o Click on settings – mobile – and add your mobile number
o Click on the home icon within the twitter menu
o Click on who you are following on the right hand side of the menu
o If you want to receive tweets as a text message click on the phone to turn text messaging on
ADVANCED SKILLS
· Download tweetdeck and create columns and more lists (or use an online version called hootsuite)
o Go to www.tweetdeck.com/download
o Click on launch tweetdeck
o Once it is downloaded and installed, click on tweet deck for it to open
o Add your username and account information
o Click on the (+) sign at the top of the screen to add a column to your tweet deck
o Enter a word of tweets you are searching for or click on a list to create a column
o Continue adding columns for what you are interested in
o Add a column for the #abea hashtag and/or other hashtags
o Continue exploring tweetdeck
· Explore websites and resources here. (http://tietwitter.wikispaces.com)
· Participate in #edchat
· Continue to expand your PLN
· Add to the wiki page your personal contributions to enhance the wiki.

CAUTIONS & IMPORTANT NOTES
· Not all profile pics and/or comments are socially acceptable.
· As with all social networking, you must emphasize cybersafety and internet safety for all users.
· Understand the difference between protected and unprotected tweets.
· Don’t overwhelm yourself. Add people slowly and explore at your own pace.


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