There are already plenty of posts about Twitter and education. I'm adding this to my blog because the Twitter Fire doesn't seem to have spread to my local area. I would like to fan the spark. You'll thank me for it, trust me.
It's super simple to set up a Twitter account. This doesn't mean you have to actually tweet (yet). Let me repeat – This doesn't mean you have to tweet. Lurk. Just hang out and read. Follow other educators. Follow the rock stars of our profession and you are sure to glean something from them. Not just words of wisdom, but actual lesson plans, resources, websites, and tech tools. It's professional development on steriods. It's fun and interesting professional development. Give it a try, don't just take my word for it. Go. Now.
I'll assume you have just set up your account, and you just don't know what to do with it. First, let me recommend that you immediately add a picture to your profile. You don't want to be an egg. It screams newbie. And it's boring.
Ok, picture – check? Moving on.
Now, who to follow? Where to get those life-changing gems I teased you with above?
First stop – Cybrary Man! His everything-you-need-to-know-about-Twitter page is phenomenal! He's my hero. I want to by Cybrary Man when I grow up. Or Cybrary Woman.
Here's his cornucopia of goodness: All Things Twitter, Thanks to Cybrary Man! 🙂
Now, since you're a beginner, I would take it slow. Don't overwhelm yourself. It's entirely possible. Just take a look-see at his sight and it's like staring at a Disneyland map and trying to sort out all the rides. Where to go first?? Let me help.
Start following some fellow educators. Obviously, follow cybraryman1. Then, check out his PLN (Professional Learning Network) recommendations: PLN Stars.
Next, take a look at the New to Twitter links. This will give you the basic background you need to understand it.
Then – the Twitter chats. Read up on what they are, how they work, and why you should take an interest. Mark your calendars for the chats you are interested in. Remember, you don't have to tweet, just follow the hashtag and soak it all in for now. No worries about being there at the exact time of the chat. Just pull up the hashtag when you get a chance and read through it. Hopefully, someone even made a storify or other type of collation so you can skim something a little easier to follow. Either way – chats are AWESOME.
Check out the Official Twitter Chat Schedule.
Here are some of my faves to follow:
@burgessdave (Teach Like a Pirate!)
@GuyKawasaki (just for fun)
I could go on. I won't. You'll see. Follow some of them. Check out their retweets and find some others to follow.
Now, go sit back, kick up your feet, grab a cup of joe, and spend some time on Twitter. It's your own PLN. At your fingertips.