As we move into learning about creating our online presence on Twitter, let’s take some time to see who other educators are recommending as great people to follow as you build your Professional Learning Network (PLN).
Below are some examples of Ontario Educator Twitter Profiles.
Today we are reflecting on what we have found by using the simple and advanced Twitter searches, and we are thinking about what we might want our profiles to look like as we create accounts in the future.
Here is a fabulous new resource to help push this thinking – another thoughtful blog post from Tom Whitby: Who Should I Follow on Twitter? This is a beautiful simplification on what is important when learning to use Twitter professionally. We highly recommend that you read this as you move forward in your work with Twitter.
Over the next few weeks, consider the following reflective questions:
1) What have you learned so far from your Twitter searches?
2) Where is the value to educators in being competent (or excelling in) the use of social media?
3) What is the best way for educators to learn about social media?
4) What are your goals when it comes to using social media in your professional life?
Yesterday we had the opportunity to look at how we can access Twitter anonymously and search for tweets that might interest us, using hashtags or simple searches. This is very helpful, for example, if you want to follow the learning from a particular conference or learning event.
As you might suspect, the Twitter Search can be much more functional and complex.
By choosing “Advanced Search”, you can really tweak the kind of information you gather on Twitter.
This screencast demonstrates the advanced search for you.
Try a few searches of your own.
1) Do you have a favourite researcher or education leader? Can you find their Twitter handle (account) and search it for what they are tweeting? Some suggestions are Dr. Simon Breakspear, Dr. Andy Hargreaves, Dr. Michael Fullan, Dr. Alec Couros, Dean Shareski, Tanya Avrith, George Couros, Ira Socol, Dr. Tony Wagner, Bill Ferriter, etc.
2) Can you think of a favourite conference that you weren’t able to attend? Can you search for the learning that happened there?
3) What international event can you follow on Twitter based on the location or timing of the event?
Next week we will explore how creating a Twitter account allows you to follow people who are tweeting about things that are interesting to you, or valuable to your professional learning.
Please feel free to respond in the comments if you have questions about this learning.
Twitter is like a huge public library of information. Learning the skills to find the information you need, and to send out the information you want to share to the right audience, are important digital skills.
Today we are learning the very simplest way to access information on Twitter – an anonymous search. Here is a demonstration of how it is done.
Try searching for things you are interested in. Try the different types of searches like top and live. What happens when you choose Accounts? There are many interesting people sharing on Twitter.
Some popular education hashtags include #fdk, #onted, #ontedleaders, #ossemooc, #cpchat. What others can you find? What hashtag gives you information that is of interest to you?
Start building community and collaborating with others in this course. We have set up a google sheet here to collect your favourite hashtag. Please visit the site and share an education hashtag you have found. Several hashtags and lists of hashtags have been shared on this page. Bookmark it as a resource for further learning.
This “course” is set up as an asynchronous MOOC. We would like you to think about how this course is different from others you may have “taken”. Sometimes teams or groups of educators work through this course together so that they can share their learning.
This course is a tiny MOOC. What does that mean? We think Dave Cormier explains it really well. For the full video, check out our OSSEMOOC site here. For more information on kinds of MOOCs, an explanation can be found here.
Please click on the title (Twitter for Absolute Beginners) to go back to the list of “lessons”.