I discovered a great resource of Twitter advice for teachers and educators on Twitter on this Googledocs site . http://t.co/xp6rIcG
Below is a list of some advice garnered by these teachers . Like most of you,
I’ve only scratched the surface of this at the moment but I will tweet and blog as my research progresses . My colleague John Quinn and I are half way through a research project on using Twitter as a Teaching & Learning Enhancement tool at the University Of The West of Scotland . We use the #TWFTV hashtag to connect with our students . Details here http://ow.ly/1s88EE .
We will be presenting a fuller paper on this at TeachMeet Ayr in Scotland on April 21st at UWS , and hope to publish in the autumn. All the Tweeters here are worth following if you are an educator. There are no ‘experts’ in this field , only fellow explorers. Enjoy.
- Start at ICE! I had no idea that I could grow an online PLN so fast. I found people in sessions that I would never had met from all the way across the room, posted resources, plundered links, and otherwise trolled a whole side of the conference that I would have never seen otherwise! @babsaj
- When you find something, share it. When you get something, say thank you. @jorech
- Make sure you fill out your Bio so people know you are an educator and make sure to put a picture up.
- Include a link to your website or blog in your profile if you have one @kylepace
- Twitter Clients (Software to manage twitter and add functionality) Tweetdeck?
- If you develop a 1-1 convo, go DM.
- Or alternatively, if you develop a 1-1 convo, DON’T go DM (direct messages) unless it’s genuinely private content: many’s the time I’ve learned a lot from seeing two people engaging together, and often jumped in to broaden the conversation. @antheald
- Follow at least half as many people as you have followers @JMGubbins
- Try to follow some people who don’t see eye-to-eye with you. @klbz Twitter (and Facebook) have a tendency to become echo chambers = everyone in agreement, no dissenters at all. @kctipton
- Use a URL shortener like Bit.ly or Is.gd, etc. when sharing links @kylepace
- It is important that you identify the originator of a tweet when you re-tweet. Different people do it in different ways. @wmchamberlain
- There is a “tipping point” for the number of people you follow before conversations get interesting. I think it is at least 100 people. @wmchamberlain
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need help! Even if you don’t have a lot that are following you yet, using the #edchat hashtag (or others listed above) can get your question in front of more people. @kylepace
- Respond to questions other people have. @davidwees
- Retweet often when you see something worthwhile. @kernkelley
- The key it so to lurk for a little while. Get a feel for how you can use this vast resource and how it fits in to what you are already doing. But you can only lurk for so long. Jump into the conversation. Find a chat to join, resources to post or just start your own conversation. @web20classroom.
- Don’t be afraid to follow a LOT of people. You will want to hear all of their perspectives. Add people with differing points of view unless it gets to the point where you are annoyed by every tweet they produce. Make it a point to find a chat and use a twitter client like Tweetchat to manage it. @cfanch
- Learn how to block unwanted followers. @plaugle
- Keep comments professional and/or education based until you get established. @dmantz7
- Set up columns on TweetDeck (or other client) for hashtags that interest you. Some I keep all the time and there are other columns I change to a new hashtag often, usually to get comments from a conference or event. @plnaugle
- When you find someone to follow, check out who they follow and add a few of them. That’s what I did when I started on Twitter. @plnaugle
- It is perfectly okay to feel overwhelmed and totally necessary to walk away at times. @jenwagner
- Check your follower list for possible spammers. Know some spamming signs. For example, they’ll try to make it look like they are responding to someone, but there is a space between the @ and the made up Twitter handle. @DoeMiSo
- Before you follow someone, go check out their twitter feed – see what they tweet out, do they have similar interests as you? will they bring value to your pln? @jneman
- If you are at a conference or event, find out the hashtag they are using and use it to tweet out links, important thoughts, etc. Follow that hashtag to find out what is happen at the conference and meet other people attending @jneman
- Be aware that commercial sites closely follow tweets to initiate a sale pitch or draw attention to their products. Though not necessarily a bad thing, don’t automatically follow everyone who follows you without understanding that these folks may put out more commercial Tweets than you prefer to consume. @LindaReed
- Participate in one of the #edchat even if you have to lurk at first. You will find great educators to follow. @akevy613
- Use hashtags after your tweets to share your ideas with more people. @akevy613
- Include a concise and accurate profile with blog link @ccoffa
- Don’t be afraid. After all, what could possibility go wrong with just 140 characters? @cyberjohn07
- Don’t feel you have to automatically follow everyone who follows you. Twitter should be part of a larger PLN which you create to meet your specific needs.
- Don’t be afraid to unfollow. (Whether to let the person know and why is a matter for debate). It can be tough enough to keep up with the “good stuff” with out having to deal with uninteresting and off topic content as [email protected]
- If time is a factor for you, set a time limit for yourself. Also, create lists so you can be sure to get the tweets from those you wish…without having to sort through hundreds or thousands of tweets. @coreydahlevent
- Start small by following just a couple of people, until you get used to the environment @cyberjohn07
- Get a good Twitter client like TweetDeck (http://www.tweetdeck.com) or HootSuite (http://hootsuite.com). It make all the difference between an enjoyable and not so enjoyable experience. @cyberjohn07
- Once you start following lots of people, the tweets of your co-workers, close colleagues and friends can get lost in a torrent of tweets! Create a list of these people, i.e. those whose tweets you definitely don’t want to miss — you can call this list “A list” or whatever you choose. In your Twitter client (I use HootSuite), create a column for this list. Then you’ll be unlikely to miss a tweet from one of your friends or close colleagues, even if you haven’t been on Twitter for awhile. @catherinecronin
- Use Trunk.ly (http://trunk.ly) to collect all the links that you include in your Tweets. And you can search on them. Ex: http://www.trunk.ly/cnansen/ @cnansen
- Use Twapper Keeper (http://twapperkeeper.com/) to archive all Tweets that use a certain hashtag, keyword or @person. (Free version only allows you to create two archives.) Over 330,000 #edchat Tweets are archived athttp://twapperkeeper.com/hashtag/edchat @cnansen
- Use http://search.twitter.com to search for hashtags or keywords. Check out the advanced search so you can do boolean searches for things like #iste OR #iste11 OR #iste2011 – @cnansen
- Once you’re following a lot of people and can’t read all your tweets, you can use lists to keep an eye on key accounts you don’t want to miss anything from. I usehttp://nutshellmail.com/ to deliver me a periodic email update of my twitter lists, together with latest content from the English Companion Ning (http://englishcompanion.ning.com/). @antheald