Twitter for Teachers. Nicole C. Miller, Ph.D. Presented at: MAMLE February 2013 Department Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. Why Network? Beat the isolation…and grow!. Support teacher identity and self-efficacy which helps to prevent burn-out and teacher turnover
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Twitter for Teachers Nicole C. Miller, Ph.D. Presented at: MAMLE February 2013 Department Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Why Network?Beat the isolation…and grow! • Support teacher identity and self-efficacy which helps to prevent burn-out and teacher turnover • Efficacy is related to persistence • Promotes the implementation of better teaching practices to support student achievement • Teachers with strong support networks more likely to succeed with new curriculum and foster student achievement…can we say Common Core! • Knowledge of other teachers’ content expertise and teacher experiences can spur collaboration
Vs. Alec Couros’ vision of networked teacher Image from: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/edtechresearcher/2012/08/teaching_teachers_to_tweet_part_ii.html
Some Push BackThe Yeah, buts… • “I don’t have enough time” • http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2011/02/twitter-can-save-you-time.html • “It’s too overwhelming” • It can be more “random, distributed, and disjointed” • “I have to make sure kids pass the test,…” • “I don’t’ want to make my life or my work public…” • “I’m scared” Richardson, W., & Mancabelli, R. (2010) Personal Learning Networks: Using the power of connections to transform education.
About Me and Twitter Impetus Use Yeah, buts… AMLE 2012 @tomwhitby
Twitter/Microblogging • What is Twitter? • Microblogging involves sharing resources and engaging in short conversations with other users of the service. • A form of social networking • A place to follow interesting people/groups/tools • A place where you can tap into the collective conscious of the world • Share your knowledge and experience with others http://www.baekdal.com/insights/what-the-heck-is-twitter
How does it work? Users are limited to maximum responses of 140 characters (including spaces and punctuation). Accounts can be setup without charge. Social networking consists of adding friends (which means you follow their updates/posts) and interacting with others. In addition to posts being displayed on a public timeline (or, if you wish to only share with your network, privacy settings are available), direct messages (of 140 character length) are possible.
Creating Your Profile • Click on “Me” • Hover your mouse over the area with your name and user name. • Click on edit • There you can change your photo, change your header, change your name (not your user name) and add information about yourself (interests) • Here you can see how many tweets you have made, how many people you are following and how many followers you have
How to Tweet Click on the quill icon Enter what you want – it will keep track of your characters It is ok to shorten words Add a photo (if you want – not of students w/o permission ) Add a URL (there are ways to shorten URLs) Click on Tweet
How to Tweet • Include in your tweets: • @ - The @ symbol is used to refer to user names in a Tweet • For example: If you want to send a message to me, the tweet would include @nclwozniak • Hash tags or # - Used to identify topics of interest. • For example: If people are tweeting about this conference, they would maybe use: #mamle2013
URL Shorteners • Google URL Shortener • goo.gl/ • Paste your long URL here: Shorten URL. All goo.gl URLs and click analytics are public and can be accessed by anyone. Shorten, share and track your ... • bitly | your bitmarks • https://bitly.com/Share • Offers URL redirection service with real-time link tracking • TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL • tinyurl.com/ • Free URL redirection service. Turns a long URL into a much shorter one.
Retweeting • See a tweet you like – retweet it… • Retweet – RT is sometimes used (though an older format) in a tweet to identify that you are retweeting – reposting a tweet sent by someone else that you found interesting and want to share with others
Reply Want to engage in a conversation about a tweet – use “Reply”
Want to Save a Tweet Use the favorite option Hover over the tweet and click on favorite Under Me, you can see the tweets you have favorited
Who and What to Follow? • Start with the basics… • Follow experts • Follow those that you like also follow • Click on a user name from a tweet you find useful • Click on the “following” number • Skim through people they follow and select people to follow (you can “unfollow” if you decide you don’t want to continue • Twitter will suggest people to follow • Start small…and be patient
@ • Some starting points • Middle school • @amle • @middleweb • @MGForumsSTW • @RickWormeli • Technology etc. • @rmybrne • @web20classroom • @edutopia • @tomwhitby • @courosa • @gcouros • Other • @ascd • @educationweek • @edudemic • Your content area(s) national organizations (i.e. @NCSS network)
#Hash Tags http://edudemic.com/2012/09/twitter-hashtags-now/ • #middleschool • #middlesci • #midleved • #mschat • #edchat
How to Organize Tweets • Use Lists • Use other programs • TweetDeck • Hootsuite
Tweet Chats • Twitter Chats take place at various times throughout the week (synchronous events) • Use tweetchat.com • Uses #hashtags to follow conversations
Tweet Chats • http://cybraryman.com/chats.html • An hour dedicated to a given topic – synchronous conversation • General • #edchat • #edteach • #ntchat (new teacher) • Content chats • #mathchat • #engchat • #sschat • #scichat • #ellchat • Grade chat • #5thchat • #6thchat
Tools and Access • Twitter website • iPhone /smartphone access • TweetDeck • Hootsuite
Now What? • Get started… • Set your personal learning goals • Complete your profile • Find people/resources to follow • Observe, learn, participate • Leave comments • Reply to questions • Start your own conversations • Share what you do • Don’t forget to nurture your face-to-face network(s)
Questions? Connect with Me! Twitter: Ncl Wozniak Blog: www.learnbydesign.net (new and being conceived) Diigo: http://www.diigo.com/user/nmucla http://www.youtube.com/user/middleleveled SL: Ncl Wozniak firstname.lastname@example.org http://pinterest.com/ncm39 Join me…
References and Resources • Baker-Doyle, K. The networked teacher • Nussbaum-Beach, S., & Ritter Hall, Lani, The Connected educator: Learning and leading in a digital age. • Richardson, W., & Mancabelli, R. Personal learning networks: Using the power of connections to transform education • Many resources/links for this presentation are available here: • http://www.scoop.it/t/twitter-for-middle-school-teachers/ • http://www.learnbydesign.net