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.



Curating with Twitter

Yesterday we explored the idea of curating for an audience.

How do we do this on Twitter?

Today’s learning comes from our “30 Days to Connected Leadership” series.  Please click on the image below, and follow the learning on that site.

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This post has several rich resources on how we can share valuable learning with each other.

Langwitches blog is another site that is particularly useful for thinking deeply about this topic.

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As we consider how our learning about self-directed learning changes our thinking, how does this impact our classroom work?  Educator Julie Balen reflects on this here.

How can you leverage your presence on Twitter to take ownership of your own professional learning?  How can you be a valuable contributor to the professional learning of others?

Follow the #BIT15 hashtag over the next three days to see how educators use social note taking to share their learning with others.


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 as a Tool for Building Community

As education professionals, building community with parents and others is so important.

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Canadian Education Association: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/parent-engagement

We need to go where people are if we want to share with them.  As well, we (as a school or district) need to consider how we are creating and building our positive digital footprint in the online environment

How do we use social media sites such as Twitter to help us share with community?

We have collected stories to help you consider how you might use these tools in your context.

  1. Canadian Education Association – Parent Engagement

This article outlines what some school districts are doing in Canada, and it provides a list of resources for further exploration.

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Follow this hashtag and observe how an entire school board is working together to create a very positive digital footprint on Twitter.

3. Aviva Dunsiger – HWDSB (@avivaloca)

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 6.44.42 AMAviva is a model in engaging parents through the use of Twitter.  Check out how she Tweets student learning throughout the day, then “Storifies” it for parents and adds her comments.

4. Digital LeadershipEric Sheninger

Follow Eric for endless tips and conversations about the importance of Digital Leadership in schools today.

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Activities for Learning

  1. What further examples of engaging parents and community through social media can you share?  Please add your ideas using the comments section of this blog.

Further Resources:

Eric Sheninger’s Blog

International Centre for Leadership in Education: Pillars of Digital Leadership

People for Education: Resources for Twitter

Five Ways for Schools to Engage with Parents on Social Media

Five Ways School Leaders Can Make the Most of Twitter

The Guardian: Talking to Parents in 140 Characters

What Can I Learn On Twitter?

This week, we asked folks in the @OSSEMOOC PLN to share a few examples of what they learn on Twitter.

Educators are very busy people.  We think it is important to demonstrate the types of connections you can make very quickly, and the just-in time learning you can experience by leveraging your Twitter PLN.

Here are a few examples.

  1. From our #OSSEMOOC group last week

2. Some learning shared by our colleague @kbbeutler from the #CE15L Twitter chat.

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3. What are you reading? From our colleague @WallwinS (& follow the author on Twitter, exceptional educator @Lpahomov)


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4. How can we enable classes and students to learn with others?  Connect first on Twitter.

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5. Using Twitter to connect through inquiry-based learning.

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6. Using Twitter to bust down language barriers.  Check out our bilingual sharing on #ontedleaders for learning and sharing from our French-language colleagues.  Use Google translate to participate!


What have you learned through Twitter this week?

Consider your answers to this question as we prepare for next week’s #OSSEMOOC Twitter chat.


Tools for Managing Twitter: Mobile Devices

How can we manage our Tweets on a mobile device? Here is an outline of how to use Hootsuite.


Today we are modelling the idea of using new tools for our work.  All of our previous screencasts have been recorded using a free online tool – ScreenCast-O-Matic (in the professional version that currently costs $15.00 per year).

Today’s screencast was recorded on a mobile device using Explain Everything, a tool that is popular for student use.  It is our first video made with this tool, so it isn’t perfect!  But this is how we all learn!

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.


Anatomy of a Tweet

Sampling Self-Directed Professional Learning Online: October 19, 2015

There are three events we want to draw your attention to today.  These are excellent examples of self-directed professional learning, shared on Twitter.
a) K12 Online Conference begins today at 8 a.m. ET (watch the videos any time after that).


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b) We are participating in the #ontedleaders Twitter Challenge, outlined here:


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​(We will translate for you.  Today is: Share a picture that inspires you, and share why and how)


We invite you to play along.  Post your Twitter Challenge responses with #ontedleaders and #ossemooc


c) #cpchat – Tonight at 9 p.m.


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Course Overview

Twitter for for Self-Directed Professional Learning is a MOOC-style course.  Learning opportunities have been organized for you.  Please take advantage of all of the opportunities you can.  Invite colleagues to share the learning materials and conversations. Everything is open.  We are here to support you in your journey to becoming a connected leader.

Please feel free to leave comments on this blog at any time, or email OSSEMOOC for support.

This “mini-MOOC” is designed to be a “next step” after Twitter for Absolute Beginners

Course Overview:

Week 1: Building your online Professional Learning Network (PLN)

Week 2: Tweeting

Week 3: Curating Online Content

The hashtag for the course is #ossemooc, and we encourage you to post items of interest to other education leaders using that hashtag.