(Last Updated On: July 2, 2017)
  • Find and follow 10 – 20 people on Twitter.  Include me in this list so that I can see who you are following. You do not need to list all 10-20 in this blog post HOWEVER summarize your fave top 5 Tweeters in your post.  Why are these 5 good connections for you and what have you learned from these connections?
  • Find 3 hashtags that you have found valuable to follow.  Share them in this blog post!
  • Share at least 10 great Tweets to the hashtag #techpd17

Also think and reflect about:

  • What are some obstacles for me with using Twitter (or a social media tool)?
  • What are some things you have learned from Twitter (or a social media tool)?

10 thoughts on “AFTER STEP 1: SETUP A TWITTER

  • June 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Top 5 favorite Tweeters at this point:
    Ryan Krohn – Wonderful resource on personalized learning!
    We are Teachers – Provides information on a variety of subjects and includes helpful teaching tips.
    Edutopia – Covers topics from autism to multi-tasking to how parents can ask good questions of their children about school.
    Edudemic – Addresses topics such as note-taking, identification of reference sources, and the place for technology in the classroom.
    Ian Jukes – Challenges our traditional thinking and procedures and asks us to re-examine what we are doing in the classroom.

    3 Helpful hashtags:

    Biggest Obstacle:
    It takes a long time when you’re new at Twitter to sift through all of the postings to find something helpful.

    Ah-ha Moment:
    There are TONS of resources linked in through Twitter posts.

    • June 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

      I just looked at We Are Teachers this week. They tweet a lot! Wow! I agree that Twitter is an acquired taste but give it time, you will get in a groove.

  • June 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    5 Tweeters:
    MindShift- Innovative current educational topics ( ex: isolated meetings to workshops involving parents, relationships that characterize great schools, students admit they are not as tech-savvy as teachers think, etc.) covered in various articles. I have been sucked into these very unique and high interest articles!

    Scholastic Teachers- I’m anticipating teaching reading next year, and I see many articles with very helpful tips for teachers, actual lessons and ideas, and even printable. It’s also feels like a “secure” resource because it’s through Scholastic!

    Edutopia- Every single article / topic I saw was relevant and interesting — immediately. I got sucked into a student engagement article, an article about tackling textbook reading, an article about behavior in students, and more. Once more, these articles are all very appropriate, relevant, useful, and highly interesting.

    We Are Teachers- This one was very uplifting. There are many positive and inspirational ideas on this page. I could see this being a page I’d visit when I’m feeling I need some motivation and optimistic energy!

    Visible Learning- We have been discussing the work of Hattie recently, and this is in collaboration with her. I have a feeling I’ll be exploring this one often because of building initiatives related to Hattie and Hattie’s work.

    3 Hashtags:

    Time- There is SO MUCH out there and not enough time to explore. I could spend hours going from one thing to the next and not realizing so much time has passed; yet I’d not even scratch the surface of things I’d be interested in exploring.
    Navigating- Twitter is tougher for me to navigate through because it doesn’t seem organized. My mind gets a little overwhelmed with going from here to there and processing everything when it comes at me all at once. Something like Pinterest is more organized into “boards,” which makes navigation easier. However, this could also be because I’m not adjusted to using Twitter compared to Pinterest and other social medias. 🙂

    I’ve Learned:
    There is an abundance of resources out there! WOW! I didn’t know Twitter could be so helpful professionally, but now I’m seeing it’s a “one stop shop” to gather all sorts of educational resources!

    • June 22, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Great top 5. Yeah, there is so much. Lots of great stuff and some not so great. Scan and sift through the tweets and you will be amazed at the good stuff you will find. I always do….. I like Twitter in that it is short and sweet delivery of the good stuff 🙂

  • June 22, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Here are my top 5 Tweeters:

    ~PLTW: I like this because we are new to PLTW and it gives me an insight into what others are doing with it. It is also another nice way to connect with others in the PLTW world.

    ~US News Education: This was great because it gives current issues with education. I feel that even though I am in the trenches of education, I don’t know the issues that surround my profession (call it being naive if you will).

    ~Edutopia: I liked the different tips that this had to offer. I also liked the various links to relevant articles.

    ~PBIS Rewards: As we, the WGSD district, begin to navigate through PBIS, I found myself looking at all this Twitter page had many interesting things we might be able to use (without recreating the wheel).

    ~New Scientist: I liked this because it had many different tidbits of information. As we always look to find ways to “hook” our students into our lessons, I feel like I could find some great gems here.

    3 Hashtags:
    #education (a very broad topic, but can lead to many good discoveries)

    Twitter obstacles:
    For me, I found it difficult to navigate through Twitter. I feel like I had to have a specific thing I was looking for to be successful. (Or, maybe it is that it’s just so much different from Facebook and I like Facebook.) I also found that I goofed up on retweeting and needed to redo it a couple of times (We’ll just call that being a novice.)

    Something I’ve learned:
    There is a wealth of stuff out there, you just need time to navigate through it . (This holds true for not only Twitter, but also Pinterest.)

    • June 22, 2017 at 9:33 am

      I will add PLTW. That are one I haven’t followed. Time is a tricky thing for sure. I look at Twitter as my quick place to fill 10 minutes. I used to think that I needed to “catch up” when i went into Twitter. Yeah! That is impossible. I have stopped trying. I can not read everything nor want to. By accepting that as reality, I am better able to enjoy Twitter for the abundance of great things I find there. Set time aside, and keep it brief. More than 10-20 minutes ca be overwhelming!

  • June 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Top 5 Tweeters:
    Kevin Honeycutt: Always sharing innovative things going on in the education world. Very inspirational!
    John Spencer: Great Author/Educator Moving into the 21st century skills and ideas for education
    Mindshift: Articles regarding growth mind set and 21st century skills. Interesting articles.
    Ryan Krohn: Personalized learning resource
    ignitED:Real classrooms, real teachers. Lots of ideas shared out by teachers in the trenches.

    3 Hashtags:
    #personalized learning

    The main obstacle for me is the time. That is always an issue with all social media. So much knowledge to attain…so little time. I was a little unclear how to use it until this class when I sat and looked at it a little closer.

    I enjoy using Twitter to keep up with things going on in our building #wcsflight. It is fun to see what all the other classes are doing. Great to push out pictures and such to parents as well. I have found a lot of affirmation about the new ways of teaching and learning. Personalized learning and growth mindset are things that I am looking into often and there is a lot of information out there regarding this.

    • July 6, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Time is definitely the issue HOWEVER there is such good stuff there so how do you balance that? That is the challenge.

  • July 5, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Top 5 Tweeters:
    Ian Jukes–for his quotes that make you stop and think and his forward thinking on educational topics and strategies.
    Edutopia–for the wide variety of topics discussed/presented and the relevance they have to my candidates.
    Paul Solarz–For the fresh approaches in the classroom, his insight into today’s students and their needs and his reflective thoughts on students’ abilities. Also loved his book!
    Kathy Perret–for her amazing advice/ideas/resources for the Coaching world out there! Will definitely use many of her ideas during this next school year!
    National Geographic–for the incredible things going on in the world around me. I love to see and hear about new discoveries/ animals/places around the world.

    #educoach #coachapproach #specedchat #ecetechchat #kinderchat

    Twitter Obstacles:
    Time and trying to weed through all of the information to find what is relevant to me. It is amazing and overwhelming at the same time! I am finding that Pinterest seems to fit my needs and organization style better than Twitter. I do appreciate all of the contacts in twitter and am beginning to know where to go to look for resources, ask questions, and collaborate with like-minded individuals. My job is moving towards more on-line, social media, tech ways of communicating so this all came at the right time for me.

    • July 6, 2017 at 11:10 am

      I have to check out Kathy Perret. I have heard of her and not sure if I follow her. I think Twitter may still be the largest online social media group of teachers, so having knowledge of the tool and some ease of use is important.

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