What Do Your Colleagues Want to Learn About Twitter?

We are at Minds on Media at #BIT15 today, chatting with education professionals.

Connecting learning is our goal, and folks have lots of questions!

 

  1. What are other teachers doing to get their class on Twitter?

We shared a few classroom Twitter accounts with learners.

a) Ms. E’s Class from northern Ontario: Follow them here.

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b) Joyceville Public School from LDSB: Follow them here.

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2. How are boards in Ontario using Twitter?

a) #TLDSBLearns – Building a positive digital footprint

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b) @peel21st

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3. What are the best tools for managing the Twitter stream?

We hesitate to respond to “best” – that is personal – but here is what we are using.  It allows us to access and monitor several columns at once.

 

a) Tweetdeck on computers (this is available at https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ or as a Chrome extension).

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b) Hootsuite on mobile devices:

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4. Who should I follow on Twitter?

That is a personal choice.  We have written about this here, including a screencast with suggestions.

 

5. Where do I learn about what hashtags to follow?

Definitely ask your friends what they are following.  Look at interesting tweets and check out the hashtags in the tweet.

A full list of education hashtags for twitter chats is available here.

 

Continue to follow #BIT15 all this week as we share learning from an incredible array of speakers and workshops.

 

Week 3: Digging Into Curation

As we work through this week, we are looking at a digital literacy skill called curation.

Briefly stated, curation allows us to share resources that we feel are valuable to our practice.  When others curate resources, the wide stream of information on the web is filtered for your personal needs.

In order to get the idea behind “curation” as an important digital literacy skill, we ask you to refer to and read – from our November series – Day 9: Beginning to Share Content,

and Day 12:  A Deeper Look at Curation in Professional Practice.

As a challenge, consider the kind of information you are looking for in your professional life, and the kind of information that you would be able to share back to others with similar needs and interests.

Twitter Features Explained

Here at #OSSEMOOC we hope that your first two days of this mini-MOOC have helped you to see some of the potential of using Twitter as a source of professional learning.  This year, there has been an explosion of Twitter chats, where educators are having online conversations about topics they are passionate about.  Twitter chats often lead to further exploration of topics, on blogs, using Adobe Connect, Skype, Facetime or Google Hangout, on collaborative Google Docs/Slides or other collaborative platforms.

The most important idea is that we can collaborate with anyone, anywhere, anytime now.  As we realize this, we begin to see the infinite potential for student learning.

Will our understanding of networked learning translate into networked learning for our students?

OSSEMOOC is a community (the “C” stands for Community, not Course – we don’t have a finish line), and we invite our Ontario Education Leaders to contribute to the learning of others through this platform*. Today, we thank Brandon Zoras (@brandonzoras) for contributing an awesome guide to the features of Twitter found on your Twitter profile page (twitter.com/yourtwitterhandle).

 

Twitter Basics

 

 

 

Mentions and Hashtags

 

 

Activities for Learning

  1. What did you learn in these screencasts?  Choose one bit of learning and share it on Twitter.  Use the #ossemooc hashtag and #ontedleaders.  Add the link to this site.
  2. Help build the list of Ontario educators learning to use Twitter for self-directed learning.  This list will remain open and continue to grow as other educators work through this course.  Please add your Twitter handle here.
  3. Using Twitter daily helps build confidence and capacity.  How will you build Twitter into your daily routine?  One way is to find Twitter challenges or Twitter chats where you become part of a social group sharing in social media.  Currently, #OntEdLeaders are participating in this challenge, and a calendar of education chats can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

*Contact us at ossemooc at gmail dot com if you would like to share your learning through blogging, screencasts, leading Twitter chats, contributing resources, or leading synchronous discussions.

Resources:

Anatomy of a Tweet