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Direct Messages on Twitter

There are times where you want information to be private on Twitter or you need more than 140 characters; insert the Direct Message. Direct Messages are a way on Twitter for you to communicate with an individual or group of people in a private message that is not limited by characters. It gives you the opportunity to reach out to your PLN or an expert and explain a more complex topic or question that you have. See how below:

Twitter Lists: Curate the Awesome in One Categorized Place!

Twitter lists are a way for you to bring hashtags and twitter users that you follow together in one place. For example, you could create a list for all of the people that you follow that tweet about the topic of Educational Technology is one list, give it a name and revisit it each and every day, instead of searching out individual users day in and day out! Sounds amazing, right? Here's how:

Reply to a Tweet: Start a Dialogue

A great way to connect with experts on Twitter is to directly reply to one of their Tweets. Find a person of interest, find a tweet of interest and clip the single arrow jumping out to the left! This little magical button gives you 140 characters to start a conversation with the expert that you identify with! It's as easy a few keystrokes to a lifetime of learning. Find out how below:

Retweeting with a Quote: Add Your 2 Cents

Retweeting talked about in the last post, just scroll down a bit, is a great way to share resources that have been created by others! If you want to add your 2 cents to the conversation or ask a question surrounding the topic to your PLN, retweeting with a quote is the way to go. Quote retweets allow you 140 characters on top of the already tweeted information to say something yourself on the matter. See how below:

Retweeting

Retweeting is the Twitter equivalent of that other tool's, *cough* Facebook *cough*, Share button. You are sending someone else's Tweet to your PLN and followers. This is a great way to share multiple perspectives, great content, and not have to reinvent the wheel! It amazingly all happens with the click of a button. See how below:

Liking Other Tweets; Curate a Library and Grow your PLN Simultaneously!

Liking others tweets is a great way to grow your PLN, since you are expressing a mutual interest in the content that has been tweeted. Simultaneously you are curating a collection of tweets and resources that you can revisit in the "Likes" section of your profile. I like to think of my "likes" as a place that I can visit to find strategies and resources that I've, for lack of a different term, liked and want to use in the future. See how below:

Build a PLN

Great leadership models what it desires from its followers. We are the leaders for our learners and so we must maintain a hunger for knowledge. Twitter is a great way to continuously seek out information in one of the easiest and most efficient ways possible. Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter that you can rely on, which you exchange information with, is a great way to use the tool, gain different perspectives, and allow yourself to grow as a professional! See the video below on how:

Twitter Chats

A great way to take advantage of Twitter and hashtags is through Twitter Chats. Twitter chats are a 1 hour long session where people of an interest, for example Educational Technology #edtech, come together to discuss a few questions surrounding that topic. A host typically poses 5 questions to the group, you will answer those questions as well as hear answers from others in the field to gain multiple perspectives. The chats are revisitable through the hashtag that the chat takes place through.

Here is a fairly comprehensive calendar of Twitter chats. 

TweetDeck for Organized Twitter Goodness

Twitter is a fantastic way to have information come to you instead of you going to it, as well as build you Personal Learning Network! One common complaint is that the Twitter stream on twitter.com isn't very friendly to use and finding tweets is difficult. A great tool to help you organize your tweets is TweetDeck! Check the video below to see how you can use it to organize your twitter life!

Share Resources on Twitter!

They say it is better to give than to receive. On Twitter you can do both with resources! Most everything lives on the internet now, whether that's things you create or upload to Google Drive, Youtube, or any other service. All of these things generate links, that can be shared and shared alike. Watch the video below on how to leverage sharing and receiving resources through Twitter!

Tweet to Change Your Mindset; Positive News, and Twitter as a Gratitude Journal

Twitter is a great way to follow others that can be a positive influence on your mindset and outlook on things! Remember on Twitter you choose who to follow and their tweets, information, and shared viewpoint come to you through Twitter or TweetDeck! In the video below, I'll explain how you can use Twitter to help you shape your viewpoint.


One other food for thought is that Twitter can be a great way for you to look for positive things that happening to share with others. A tweet a day to show gratitude for something happening in your classroom, school, or district can go a long way. 

Grab yourself a tweet buddy and hold each other accountable for tweeting something great each day!

Share Your Story on Twitter

One of the best ways to use Twitter is to share the story of your classroom, school, and district on Twitter! One to World is about connecting what is happening in your classroom with those in the world and Twitter is a great way to share your story! Watch the video below to see how!

Everything You Need to Get Started With Twitter

In this post, I will give you everything you need to get up and running with Twitter, as well as my top reasons for using Twitter in 9 minutes of video or less. Work your way from top to bottom of this post, empower yourself to take advantage of Twitter's amazing resources!
Why would I Sign Up for Twitter in Education?  Many reasons, but here are my big three:  PLNs: Professional Learning Networks; Twitter is the biggest place educators seem to gather to trade tips and secrets for the classroom. Curating Resources for my Classroom: Resources from my library in one place, as well as those shared from others. Telling the Story of My Classroom, School, and District
Signing Up for Twitter Head to Twitter.com and sign up for an account with a few easy steps! Check out the 1 minute video to see how!
Writing Your First Tweet Your first tweet will introduce you to the Twitter World and make you viewable to the rest of the Twitter world! Watch the video and start sharing today!

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