Warm Up with Twitter

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Warm Up with Twitter

This workshop "Warm Up with Twitter" was presented on Saturday January 17, 2015 by David Spencer to the COEO:Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario "Make Peace with Winter 2015 Conference" held at Mono Cliffs Outdoor Education Centre in Mono, Ontario. Please follow COEO on Twitter at @COEOoutdoors and David Spencer at @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. New to Twitter? Refer to the article “Getting started with Twitter”.
  2. Create a Twitter profile that best represents your skills and needs. You may also customize your background image.
  3. Explore your timeline, notifications, discover sources, trends, your followers, who you follow and private messages.
  4. How to follow a person or organization.
  5. How to tweet publicly and share with all your followers.
  6. How to tweet privately to one person or organization. @COEOoutdoors or . @COEOoutdoors What is the difference?
  7. How to post and tweet a photo or video.
  8. What are promoted tweets? See Landrover Canada’s purchased ads on #winter and #snow today.
  9. Acronyms to know: RT= retweet, MT= modified tweet, #FF= follow Friday
  10. At the top of the page use the search box and a hashtag to search, find and follow people who teach and talk about snow, winter exploration, outdoor fun and your interests.
  11. Use hashtags such as #MPWW2015 #winter #EnviroEd #OutdoorEd #Kindergardenbioblitz #Kndspring and #getoutside to connect you with outdoor educators and enthusiasts.
  12. How to create a winter themed Twitter list. Examples of Twitter lists.
  13. Interact in real time. Tweet and answer questions about outdoor learning. Thank and encourage your new followers.
  14. Discover a scheduled Twitter chat time that meets your needs. Twitter Chats require a date and time for you go online and tweet using a hashtag to others around the world.
  15. What should I focus on when tweeting? Building relationships or getting more followers?
  16. When is the best time to tweet?

A weekly Twitter chat for those interested in discussing best practices in environmental education and outdoor play. Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST. Host is '@RangerRidley https://beyondrclassroom.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/enviroedchat/

Please connect with COEO on Facebook too.

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Many educators are using Twitter to build their PLN (professional learning network), discover new edtech (education technology), discover current trends and news as they happen and rally colleagues who are willing to take risks with technology in their classrooms.

According to Wikipedia, "Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey in March 2006 and launched in July 2006". Wikipedia contributors. "Twitter." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 Feb. 2013. Web. 18 Feb. 2013.

You are invited to follow the author of this wiki page on Twitter. Follow @DavidSpencerEdu.

Setting Up Your Twitter Account

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. Use a real photo of your face, not a dog, cat or building. See "Friending cats and following eggs: On social networks you ARE your photo" by David Meerman Scott @DMScott
  2. "Twitter: Getting Connected" by Jennifer Casa-Todd
  3. Twitter Troubleshooting Tips by Twitter Staff
  4. How to tweet your Facebook status updates to your Twitter account by Facebook staff
  5. 25 Twitter Bio Tips For Teachers by Terry Heick
  6. How to write a Twitter bio that’ll make you stand out as a journalist by Herbert Lowe
  7. How To Write A Follow-Worthy Twitter Bio In 4 Easy Steps
  8. How to Write a Useful Twitter Bio by Danielle Celmer
  9. 25 Twitter Tips For Students, Parents, And Teachers
  10. Create Twitter Cover Images For A Head-Turning Profile
  11. 7 Ways To Get More Out Of Twitter
  12. Help Twitter My account has been hacked by Twitter Support Staff
  13. Twitter for Teachers by George Couros.

Resources for Learning About Twitter

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. What is social media ?
  2. A Visual Guide To Twitter For Beginners
  3. A visual history of Twitter
  4. Twitter Terms You Must Know
  5. Top 20 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom by David Sornberger @DavidSornberger
  6. Are you an educator new to Twitter? Request a mentor.
  7. Twitter for Educators
  8. Tweeters in Education
  9. Twitter Hashtags for Educators
  10. Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo
  11. Top 20 Twitip Twitter Tips by Lara Kulpa @larakulpa
  12. Twitter Abbreviations You Need To Know
  13. Successful Writing Tips for Twitter Users by by Shannon Steffen
  14. Create an online newspaper with your Twitter connections via paper.li
  15. How Educators Can Use Twitter to Grow Their PLN by Betty Ray
  16. "8 Ways to Tweet "Thank You"" and encourage your Twitter followers by Brent Peterson @InterviewAngel
  17. What are my Twitter statistics? TwitterCounter.com
  18. How Influential Are You On Twitter? Tweet.Grader.com, Top users in Ontario, Top users in Canada Compare Yourself
  19. Social Media Marketing Kit from HubSpot.com
  20. 28 Simple Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom
  21. 20 useful tools for Twitter users by Brian Lakeman on itechcode.com
  22. Best Practices for Using Twitter
  23. Twitter Glossary
  24. Finding & Following People on Twitter
  25. 30 Ways to Create Twitter Followers from Scratch by Katrina Padron @katrinapadron
  26. 5 Baby-Steps for Using Twitter to Begin a Personal Learning Network by J. Robinson
  27. Twitter Cheat Sheet by Jeff Dunn
  28. Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable
  29. 7 Levels of Twitter Followers by Adrian Dayton.
  30. Steve Ladurantay's Twitter Rules by Steve Ladurantaye Media Reporter for the Globe & Mail
  31. 10 Tips and Tricks for Powerful Twitter Search
  32. 22 Effective Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom by Jeff Dunn
  33. Twitter Etiquette 101 by Vanessa Doctor
  34. Twitter for educators Slideshare by Jackson da Silva
  35. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags In Education by TeachThought Staff
  36. 7 Essential Twitter Strategies for Businesses by Evan Seto on socialmediatoday.com
  37. Pinterest Board about Twitter for Educators by Anibal Pacheco

Data About Twitter Accounts

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. When did my friend and I join Twitter?
  2. What is my tweet rank? Retweetrank.appspot.com and Twitaholic.com
  3. Discover statistics about your Twitter account with TwitterCounter.com.
  4. Visit retweetrank.appspot.com to see how your retweets being received on Twitter.

Impact of Twitter on Culture and Education

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. Taking the pulse of the planet: How Twitter erases geography by Mathew Ingram
  2. Christian leaders outdoing celebs in Twitter interaction by Daniel Distant, The Christian Post 2012-06-05.
  3. The Future Starts Here by Tiffany Shlain video. They say the 5 people you hang around with most shape who you are. Tiffany explores how this applies to social media -- the people you follow shape who you are, and everything you post shapes others. So how do we flourish and grow in our hyper-connected world?

How to Use Twitter for Professional Learning

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. 14 Reasons I Won’t Follow You On Twitter by @MegGuiseppi
  2. How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PL by @Betty Ray
  3. 6 Tricks to Maximize the Impact of Your Tweets by @Ally Greer
  4. The Marketer’s Guide to Twitter from kissmetrics.com.
  5. Social Media: Never on Sunday? Why you should disconnect for one whole day per week. by @MegGuiseppi
  6. 7 Steps to Optimize Your Social Media Presence as an Educator by J. Robinson
  7. Create a social media content calendar for your school, educational group or organization. by hootsuite.com
  8. Networking is not a part-time job! by Kylie Green
  9. 10 essential personal branding tips for Twitter by Carolyn Hyams
  10. Twitter for business: 18 things you should NOT do by Carolyn Hyams
  11. Twitter For Beginners: Basic Guidelines Before You Start by Vanessa Doctor
  12. When did my colleague join Twitter? This web site provides join dates and statistics.

How to Use Twitter Hashtags

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. Quick Start Guide to Hashtags via hashtags.org
  2. The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags by Jeff Dunn
  3. 20 Twitter Hashtags Every Teacher Should Know About by Jeff Dunn
  4. A Must-Have Guide to Canadian Education #Hashtags