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

Using Twitter Anonymously: The Advanced Search

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.

Retweeting Value-Added to Your PLN

Today we are looking at how to use the “retweet” feature in Twitter to help share valuable resources and ideas with the people in your Professional Learning Network.

The ideas are explained in this screencast.


Activities for Learning

  1. Find a tweet in your Twitter stream that looks like it would be valuable to others.  Check out what it offers.  If you find it valuable, retweet it to your followers, adding your own appropriate hashtags and tagging others [only] if it will be of particular value to them.