Friday, March 20, 2015

Twitter.....Add this tool to your arsenal for your PLN


by Karen Cavanagh

Twitter can be a powerful tool to connect with others who share your interests. It is a great way to expand your Personal Learning Network (PLN) as you can use it to learn from others and get comments on your contributions and questions.

For the next 2 weeks (March 23 - April 3 ) we will be running a "Twitter Challenge" with the goal of having everyone at Conant participate in a Conant Twitter feed. A hashtag, #conanttweets, has been started that you can follow and add comments. I will be in the lunch room Tuesday March 24 from 12-1:30 to help you setup Twitter or TweetDeck or answer questions.

1) To get started, setup a Twitter account. See below for terms and consideration for setting up your user name. After your account is setup go into settings and adjust Security and Email settings.

2) From within twitter,  do a search in the Twitter search bar for #conanttweets 

This will show you all the activity associated with that conversation.

3) Post a tweet in answer to question 1 (look until you see a message that starts with Q1: ) using A1: as the beginning of your answer and be sure to include #conanttweets 
For example: A1: this is my answer tweet #connattweets
note the space after the tweet and before the #

4) Post a question of your own or just add a comment to another post. If you are commenting on another post put their name in as part of your response (to post a comment to a post I made you would add @CavTech1 to your tweet).

5) Tweets are limited to 140 characters or 117 if you include a link. Pictures can also be included in tweets.

Some Twitter terms:

Tweets are messages that people post and are limited to 140 characters, but you can also add links and pictures to your tweets (effectively making them longer than than 140 characters).

Twitter Handle, is your @username, you enter your username when you create your account. Your Twitter Handel is how others "refer" to you in Twitter and is used to follow others. Choose your name carefully; it does not have to be your own name (my school account is @CavTech1)

Hashtag is any combination of letters following an # symbol and is used to discuss a topic. You can search by hashtags and see all the tweets that were posted to that tag. This is a way to follow tweets at a conference or to setup a discussion.

Twitter can be used on computers, iPads, iTouch and Smartphones

Try following just a few people to start and consider using a tool such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite to manage your tweets.

add pic here for edtweets
Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags Info Graphic:

Other information you may find useful: