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As a professional tool

as a Professional Tool


Aaryn Schmuhl

Assistant Superintendent

Learning and Leadership Services

Henry County Schools

Purpose and take aways
Purpose and Take-aways

  • Learn how to use Twitter

  • Learn how Twitter can enhance in-class and out of-class learning,

  • Learn how Twitter can enhance professional development via resource sharing, collaboration, individualized learning, & leadership

  • Define Connected Educator and PLN

Who am i
Who am I?

  • Former Principal at Luella Middle School

  • Asst. Superintendent in Henry County Schools

  • Passionate about power of blended learning

  • Passionate about professional learning and professional dialogue with educators

  • Founder and co-moderator of #gaed

  • Connected Educator

What s a connected educator
What’s a connected educator?

  • Take a few minutes to brainstorm with your neighbors to define Connected Educator

  • Definition:

Connected educators
Connected Educators

  • Connected educators are "do-it-yourself learners.“

  • Connected educators have a "network of collective wisdom" to turn to when information and knowledge is needed.

  • Connected educators are "collaborative learners."

  • Connected educators have moved away from the "paradigm of isolation and closed doors" to sharing a strong commitment with other educators to learn and understand more and more about teaching and learning.

  • Connected educators have leveraged online networks to solve their instructional problems through crowdsourcing and relying on the wisdom of the crowd for resources on teaching and learning.

    -Nussbaum-Beach and Hall (2011)

My journey on twitter
My Journey on Twitter?

  • 2010- GaETC

    • Signed up for Twitter

  • 2011- GaETC

    • Remembered I had signed up for Twitter at the conference the previous year, reset my password, followed some folks, caught onto #satchat

  • 2012- GaETC

    • Built out my PLN, started #gaed, jumped into a lot chats

  • 2013- Nominated for Bammy Award largely due to PLN and being a connected educators

The twitter basics
The Twitter Basics


The basic parts of an account
The Basic Parts of an Account

  • Handle – professional, maybe some personality


  • Profile– necessary for non-lurkers; no profile, no followers



  •  @TomWhitby

  •  @web20classroom

  •  @teachingwthsoul

  •  @cybraryman1

  •  @nmhs_principal

  •  @gcouros


  •  @educationweek

  •  @edutopia

  •  @eyeoneducation

  •  @edudemic

  •  @isteconnects

  •  @mindshiftkqed

Figuring out who to follow
Figuring out who to follow

  • Stalk other people’s followers & following

    - Look @ profiles

    - Look @ # of followers

  • Watch who posts using hashtagsof interest to you

  • Follow as many as you want, you don’t have to keep up with it all.

How do i tweet
How do I tweet?

  • How many characters?

  • What is this: #

  • What does it mean to “tweet at”?

  • RT ? MT ? DM?

    • Retweet

    • Modified Tweet

    • Direct Message

  •  Who sees my tweets? General settings:

    • Followers

    • Anyone who searches / follows any #s used

    • Anyone who searches any terms used

  • Possible to limit to followers only

Using hashtags
Using # (hashtags)

  • Hashtags are used to share with a broader community #ncadmin

  • Hashtags are used for specific audiences

    • #gresadrivein

    • #projectmehcs

  • Hashtags are used for chats

    • #gaed #ntchat

    • #satchat #ptchat

    • #sbgchat #byotchat

    • #ellchat #edchat


  • Use an app like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to manage and organize chats

  • Chats are fast paced and you can’t always keep up with it

  • Choose to lurk to begin and then jump right in

  • A great way to engage in professional dialogue

  • Complete List of Twitter Edu Chats:


Why bother tweeting
Why Bother Tweeting?

  • Get Connected

  • Fight Isolation

  • Share Resources

  • Asynchronous and Syncronous Learning

  • Connect your students with other students and classrooms and professionals

  • Keep up to date with the profession

  • Individualized PL

  • Connects new and veteran Ts

Twitter as a professional network
Twitter as a Professional Network

  • Connect with educators around the country

  • See/hear possibilities and ideas

  • On Demand learning and engagement

  • Give and take

  • Encouragement

  • Inspiration

  • Knowledge

Twitter as a classroom tool
Twitter as A Classroom Tool

  • Do nows

  • Backchanneling

  • Find related resources

  • Communication & questions –

    • teacher- student,

    • student-student,

    • professionals-students

Classroom use of twitter
Classroom Use of Twitter

Words of advice for classroom use
Words of Advice for Classroom Use

  • Adults shouldn’t follow students in general – make use of hashtags instead

  • Kids can/should follow adults

  • Professional accounts vs. Personal accounts

Questions and discussion
Questions and Discussion

  • Join the #gaed conversation every Thursday night at 8 PM

  • Simply follow #gaed

  • September 25’s Topic is Transforming Education, an extension of Leadership Atlanta’s (co)lab conference this week. #colab13