Video Module #1—What is a PLN?
- “Why do Teachers Quit?” via The Atlantic
- Good article that just underlined the stresses of being a teacher
- Supports the idea that every teacher should have their own personalized professional learning network (PLN) of educators to support them
- “Good Ways to Ensure Bad Professional Learning”
- How do most schools/districts deal with PD?
- "Do you want your PD effective, credible with staff, or affordable? Pick two, because finding training that fits all three is a tremendous challenge." (from @TeachThought)
- “How Twitter Tore Down My District’s Walls”
- “The District is flat” means all have the same opportunities
- “Developing A Teacher Mission Statement”
- What’s the point? Twitter’s not about tech, but about examining our teaching methods through an online, customized, professional learning network
- “Who am I?”; Reflect what I, as a teacher, am all about
- Develop a short, pithy 1-sentence mission statement
Video Module #2—Twitter 101
- Three Models
- What am I doing?
- What is happening around you?
- Hybrid model
- Why it can make a difference...
- The internet—a place where people communicate, using only electricity.
- Twitter—The service. "I use Twitter."
- Tweet—The verb ("I tweeted yesterday...") and what you tweet ("I tweeted a tweet yesterday..."). Limited to only 140 characters, so make 'em count.
- Twit—Usually, someone who uses Twitter.
- Username—What people know you as. Make it catchy, make it easy to remember, but make it short. If your username is @IamChrisWebbATeacherAtAnAdventistSchoolInTaipeiTaiwan (54 characters long), no one will have space to say anything to you. And you will TwitterDie alone.
- timeline—the tweets of people you "follow", or listen to on Twitter, appear on your timeline. Everyone's timelines are different; they're made up of only the people they’re following.
- follow—kind of like "friending" in Facebook, except it's one-way; I can follow you, but you don't HAVE to follow me.
- follower—people who are "listening" to what you say.
- following—the people who you are listening to.
- @reply—How you talk to someone. They're notified when you put their name like this. No space between the "at" sign and their name. (If you begin a tweet with this, it will only appear on your timeline and the receiver's timeline, but it's not private.)
- Direct message (DM)—A private message that you can send to another user. No one else will see it, unless you're running for mayor of New York.
- #something—Called a hashtag, this is like the subject that a tweet is about. If you want to see what people are saying about Taipei, you'd probably be smart to check out the hashtag #taipei.
- Create an account; consider your user name; begin following 10 educators from @webby37’s PD on Twitter Starter Kit
Video Module #3—Cultivate a Network
- About PLNs
- What is a PLN?
- What are the benefits?
- EDU 1.0 is all teacher-supplied;
- EDU 2.0 is about collaboration & connecting;
- EDU 3.0 is student-construction
- Job interview questions
- Who/what are you reading?
- Who are you following?
- What is the future?
- 4 Ways to Improve your Twesume
- How Do I Get A PLN?
- “There are three deterrents to educators using PLNs as a tool for learning and professional development (PD):
- The PLN is a mindset, not the outcome of a workshop or the PD offered annually by many school districts. It is not a one-shot fix.
- Successful users of PLNs overwhelm the uninitiated with techno-babble.
- It requires, at least at first, digital literacy beyond a Google search.”
- Autonomy Breeds Change
- Eric Sheninger’s
- Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development?
- Mid-class adjustments
- small-doses, more often
- Building a following
Video Module #4—Advanced Tweetage
- What is a chat? synchronous/asychronous
- Twitter Chats: How to survive and thrive in a Twitter Chat... hockey style eh?
- How to go about a chat
- Chat times?
- @thomascmurray , @cevans5095 and @cybraryman1’s Weekly Twitter Chat (bit.ly/officialchatlist)
- @webby37’s Educational Chat Google Calendar (http://bit.ly/EduChatCal)
- Cybraryman’s Guide to Tweetdeck (http://cybraryman.com/tweetdeck.html)
- Chat methods
- Basic functions
- Join a PLN
- First Tweetchat?
Video Module #5—The Next Step
- 12 Twitter tools Every Educator Must Know About
- The Dumbest Generation? No, Twitter is making kids smarter.
- “textisms” don’t enter in formal writing
- increase in length and intellectual complexity
- school (“work”) writing vs. “life writing”
- Doesn’t limit; teaches editing
- Utilizing the principles of Twitter in lessons
- Live-tweeting movie
- Blogging + publicizing
- Lesson plan?
- Find a cool tool
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