Twitter

#histedchat is a must for any #historyteacher

See the #histedchat archives here: http://histedchat.wikispaces.com/Storify+Archives

Things teachers should know about Twitter:

  • You build up a professional network of fellow teachers, they almost always have something interesting to share.
  • It takes a while to build up a good network, it does not happen overnight. Finding interesting people is an ongoing process.
  • @name is your name on Twitter. My username is @vanweringh.
  • The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. A hashtag (#+a word) allows you to search for interesting topics or subjects. i.e. #edchat is a long established chat for educators.
  • Some great subjectbased hashtags: #histedchat (History teachers, many in Australia) #sschat (social studies / humanities chat), #historyteacher, #geoteacher, #engchat (english), #mathchat (maths), #scichat (science) #ibpyp, #ibdp, #myp and many more: See list of edu hastags here and here.
  • RT means Re-Tweet, you can resend tweets from other people to your followers.
  • Ah yes, followers…. It’s actually not about followers, it’s about followinginteresting people.
  • Through Twitter I have found so many interesting sites, read interesting articles, kept up with the latest news, blogs etc.
  • Twitter is like having access to a room full of knowledgeable, cool, cutting-edge educators in a backroom somewhere. You only go into this backroom when you have time to spare and you listen in to the conversations and the things these people share. You pick the people, subjects and conversations that suit you. After you’ve had enough, you close the backroom door until you have time to check in later.
  • Example, here’s a list of all my tweets
  • Some interesting academic research on the benefits of Twitter to teachers’ professional practicehttp://thinkedu.net/blog/portfolio/2011/11/19/twitter_research/

Text below written by Mark Brumley, original post here: (The Ultra Beginners Guide to Twitter) http://teachamazing.com/twitter-for-professional-development-ultra-beginner-edition/

Hashtags

Hashtags provide a way to search millions of tweets and find content relevant to you. Here’s how it works. In the tweet message, the author types # plus a key search word. An example would be #edtech. Then, users around the world can search Twitter for “#edtech.” All recent tweets with #edtech will be found.

Hashtags are the key to finding relevant content. Over the years, educators have started using common hashtags to help build a learning network. It’s important to know anyone can create a hashtag by typing # and then any word. So, in theory, I could type, “#thisismyveryownhashtag.” However, remember, a hashtag is a search tool and unless someone is searching for #thisismyveryownhashtag, they won’t find my tweet.

Over the years, common educational hashtags have emerged to help teachers find relevant content. Example are #elemchat for elementary teachers and #mathchat for math teachers.

Easiest Way to Find Content without Joining Twitter

Advanced Twitter users utilize third party applications such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. You can easily search specific hashtags within these programs. However, if you want to start out slow, go to TweetChat.com. Then, in the URL address bar, type “room/hashtag.

For example, the full URL will look like this: http://tweetchat.com/room/histedchat

Make sure you bookmark this page so you can return to it easily.

Finding Good Stuff

Now that TweetChat is working away, searching for your chosen hashtag, what do you do? Notice that most tweets have the three parts discussed above: short message, link, hashtag. Scan the page to find an interesting message. Then, click the link and see what you find. Sure, some of the content will be duds. Don’t get discouraged… you are sure to find some gems.

Finally:

  • Be very careful and thoughtful about what you Tweet. Never identify your workplace. Never say anything negative or unprofessional. Always reread your tweet 5 times before posting. Social Media carelessness and stupitidy can land you in a lot of trouble; there are many examples of people losing their jobs over things said on Twitter or Facebook.

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