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A few years ago, an up-and-coming group of people approached #teachSDA about putting together a class* instructing people how to use Twitter for professional development. We were glad to share what we knew, and so we threw together a 5 part (6 chapter) course that gives educators some background on what it takes to establish their own Professional Learning Network (PLN). We wanted to share that class with our #teachSDA family, so below are all the videos, resources, and assignments to support you in your own growth.

Video Module #1—What is a PLN?

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  • Develop a short, pithy 1-sentence mission statement

Video Module #2—Twitter 101

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  • Three Models 
    1. What am I doing?
    2. What is happening around you?
    3. Hybrid model
    • Why it can make a difference...
  • Twitter vocabulary
    • 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.
  • The Complete Guide to Twitter Hashtags for Education 
  • The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to Tweets, Hashtags, and All Things Twitter

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Video Module #3—Cultivate a Network

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  • 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
    • twesume
      • 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
  • Followers/Following

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Video Module #4—Advanced Tweetage

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  • Join a PLN
  • First Tweetchat?

Video Module #5—The Next Step

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  • Lesson plan?
  • Find a cool tool

*Course is also provided via Adventist Learning Community, with the ability to earn credit. Course via this website does not offer credit.