Educators A-Z of Twitter

As we move into our last week, let’s start thinking about the mechanics of Twitter.

Here is a great infographic from #ukedchat that you can refer to as you need to.  Try to spend some time learning about Twitter norms. Thanks to Stacey Wallwin for sharing this on Twitter yesterday.

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Educators A-Z of Twitter | Piktochart Infographic Editor

Source: Educators A-Z of Twitter | Piktochart Infographic Editor

Designing Your Twitter Feed Part 2: Hashtags

At this point, we hope you have had the opportunity to:

  • search Twitter anonymously for topics, hashtags, dates, individuals
  • create your own Twitter account and profile
  • follow others who have similar professional interests
  • follow others who will provide you with rich learning

Please see the list of posts on the right side of this page, or scroll down for the posts if you need to update any of your learning.

Today we are looking at the power of following hashtags on Twitter, a skill that is becoming more important across a number of different social media.

Hashtags allow you to take part in conversations, aggregate groups, follow learning at conferences, follow topics that interest you, and follow/participate in live chats that interest you.

Twitter explains hashtags here if the concept is new to you.

For new Twitter users, #ff or #followfriday is one of the best hashtags to watch for.  Each Friday, Twitter users use this hashtags to suggest people to follow.  This will help you build your online PLN.

From Tom Whitby: My Island View
From Tom Whitby: My Island View

If you are in Ontario, watch for the work done by Doug Peterson.

Click on the image for more explanation of #followfriday #ff
Click on the image for more explanation of #followfriday #ff

You can search for #ff or #followfriday on any day.


Suggested Learning Activities

  1. Together, we have been building a list of favourite hashtags here. Please continue to share hashtags you find that are of interest to you professionally.
  2. Ask your colleagues about the hashtags they follow, or the hashtags being used at learning events that they are attending.  What can you learn by following the hashtag?
  3. For our courses, we use the #OSSEMOOC hashtag.  Are you ready to share a favourite resource or link from your account using this hashtag? Next week we are learning about the anatomy of a Twitter Tweet, so if you feel that you need more support before Tweeting – that is coming!



Designing Your Twitter Feed

Congratulations on creating your Twitter account.  Remember that your profile is what others see as your online identity.  How will they know your interests and your passions?  How will others know what you like to share?  Allow your profile to change with you.  By keeping it up to date, you will find it easier to connect with others who you want to learn from and share resources with.

Today we are thinking about how best to build our Twitter feed – the tweets that arrive on our home page.

We have already shared Tom Whitby’s well-written, concise guide to building a rich PLN through Twitter here.

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from Tom Whitby: My Island View

How can you quickly get value in your Twitter feed?  Follow people who will share the things you want to learn about.

We can do this through lists.

It’s helpful to take some time over the next few days to follow some people and look at their lists.  What lists interest you? Who on the list will contribute to your learning?

Taking the time to build your Twitter feed will help to ensure that you are getting the best professional learning possible on Twitter.

Creating an Account on Twitter

Today, we are beginning to use Twitter with our own account.

What do we need to think about when creating our online profile?  Luckily, Doug Peterson has already thought about it, and he has shared his thinking with us!

More Than Fixing The Egg

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As well, Tom Whitby has shared on his blog a very simple look at what is important for educators in starting to learn through Twitter.

Thank you to these wonderful educators for making their thinking visible and helping us to learn from their experience.

Last November, OSSEMOOC created some resources to help you learn to sign up for Twitter.  Using this as a guide, please take a few minutes to get your own Twitter account.

Enjoy some further profiles as suggested by @dougpete. What can you learn from these models?

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