Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bright Ideas: Twitter for Teachers- Getting Started

This summer, my eyes have definitely been opened to the power of Twitter. For many years, it has been just another place to post about my blog and resources and maybe read a little something about current events.

I had no idea how powerful a tool Twitter could be for me as a teacher!  So I am going to share a few bright ideas on how you can get started on Twitter and begin to change the way you think about professional development. 

1. First, set up your account. A great app that answers a ton of  Twitter questions and gets you started is TweechMe. It's a perfect little manual for the big wide world of Twitter!

2. If you don't already follow your favorite blogs and educational publishers, that is a great place to start! There is a world of ways to find resources and learn more about educational subjects just at the tip of your fingers!

3. Follow your favorite educational authors! Twitter is the most amazing way to interact with and learn from the best! You can find book studies and twitter chats that are based on the author's writing and allows you to connect with wonderful teachers from around the world! There is nothing like tweeting with author's and asking them your burning questions! Best professional development around!

3. Lurk...then plunge! Hashtags (or as some of us remember, the pound sign...LOL) is a great way to see what people are saying about just about anything that you might be looking for and is a perefect place to start when looking for Twitter chats. There are some great hashtags such as #edtech and #edchat that are full of fabulous tweets and people to follow. 

Once you have found a Twitter chat that you want to explore, don't feel bad for just watching the chat happen! I was pretty intimated the first few times that I joined in on Twitter chats and I think the only thing I am have said was HI! When your ready...JUMP IN! Have fun, share your thoughts and don't forget to add your hashtag to your response (so everyone can see your tweet)!

4. If you want to watch and participate in more than one chat...and yes, you will become addicted and become a pro and want to join every chat you see...LOL....

Tweet Deck is a great website that will allow you to view and participate in several chats in a super easy, organized way! More to come on that next time...

I have set up a Pinterest board- Twitter for Teachers for my new fave way to connect with tons of tips on how to become a Twitter master! 

I truly hope that you enjoyed this bright idea and I would love for you to  joining me on  Facebook, Instagram  or Pinterest for more fun ideas! 

Check out the other amazing authors in our link up this month:


Michele Luck said...

Love these tips! I'm still having trouble remembering to add my pound sign (LOL), but I'm trying to get the hang of it!

Deb Thomas said...

I love these ideas in making Twitter much broader then just listing a blog post. I am definitely going to try these ideas and pin it to my "just for me" pinterest board!
Deb at Fabulously First

Not JANE said...

I love following non-bloggers on Twitter but edchats are my favorite!

Ms. W said...

I'm a techy girl (I got my Master's in Ed Tech!) - but I never really "got" Twitter. Last week I decided to give it another try...we'll see how I do. Thanks for your post, I'm going to need to try out a Twitter chat!

Upper Grades Are Awesome

Sally said...

I love Twitter! It's different, but always an adventure. There's some great information on Twitter if you know how to look! (Hashtags, and other advice from above! I'm @ElemntryMatters !

Sally from Elementary Matters

Amanda Pauley said...

I have had a twitter account for a couple of years, but haven't really done anything with it. I am ready to take the plunge and start using it. Thank you for this list. It gave me the confidence to jump right in!
Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

Kim said...

Okay, Lynda, you've convinced me: This Tuesday, I am giving Twitter another try! I'm sure I'll need to be an observer for a while (It's so hard to read the tweets when they are flying by!), but I'm motivated to take the plunge. Thanks for another Bright Idea--and for keeping us all organized. :)

Finding JOY in 6th Grade

Cassie Thompson said...

I might have to try twitter again after reading this!! :) Thank you for sharing this idea!
Happy Teaching,
Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)

ES said...

I haven't really gotten into twitter-- probably because I love the visuals and details of blogs. After reading this though, I want to give it another chance.

My Bright Blue House

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