Connecting with other educators through Twitter changed my life and it will change yours, too!
Twitter has had such a positive impact that I want everyone to benefit from the amazing resources, encouragement, and connections that are only available if you give it a try. The thing is, you have to try for at least 20 days so that it becomes as natural as making lists and writing plans.......
Once your grades are entered this week, stick your toes into the Twitterverse. My last post encouraged you to get started with Twitter by accepting a challenge. This time, I'm asking you to experiment with it for a minimum of 20 days. I've got the 20 days mapped out for you and will be right there in your Twitter stream to help.
In honor of the second quarter, get started with Twitter! If you are an existing user, join the experiment to reignite the networking you began some time ago and support new teachers to Twitter. Click the image below to begin.
Social Media Challenge 3 (ahem Experiment) (3 hours PL)
1. Read this blog post from someone who writes better than me!
2. Comment below - what excites you or concerns you about getting started with Twitter? Please make a return visit and connect with others. Contribute and engage in the conversations posted below as well as previous posts in this cohort. When you comment, be sure to include your email address and place a check mark in the box so that you are informed when other people engage with your posts.
Repeat/Follow up Tasks:
build your PLN
Why do teachers need a Personal Learning Network?
In a nutshell, to connect with...
Are you nodding in even slight agreement? Great! Connected educators have a support system, a network of fellow educators with whom to learn, grow, and collaborate. They always welcome new people and new perspectives.
Where do you find these awesome PLNs? Right in your social media feeds! They are available from your computer, your phone, your tablet. Personal/Professional Learning Networks are always open and ready to engage when you are. They are just a click away.
So - Let's get started.
Social Media Challenge 2 (2 hours PL)
1. Read this short inspirational blog post.
2. Visit the comments from our first week and reply to two other teachers' comments. (See, you're connecting already!)
3. If you are currently a Facebook user, consider using the search field to search for educator groups. You can join groups and like a public Facebook page without "friending" the organizations or communities that interest you. Start by Liking my department's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/sccpssitc/ (We won't see your personal posts - I promise!)
4. Join my Remind group https://www.remind.com/join/socialsav. When my blog is updated, you’ll receive a text message to let you know that a new social media challenge awaits! Another reminder will be sent the following week to help keep your social media challenges in mind and in action. My plan is to provide a challenge every two weeks, so be sure to join the REMIND group to stay in the loop.
5. I'm saving the best for last! Accept my Twitter Challenge! It's a fun way to get started with Twitter while building your PLN. The first 6 days are designed for you. Those of you already using Twitter, be sure to share your favorite follows in the comments of the challenge or in the comments below.
I'm going to assume that you have a few social media accounts and are already sharing pieces of your life with family and friends. Before you put your professional self out there, it's important to take a bit of time to prepare your profile for public consumption.
Take a good look at your social media accounts. Check on your profile and privacy settings.
Ask yourself a few questions...
Challenge 1: (Four Parts) One PL Hour
1. Do your social media profiles tell your professional story? If they do, great! If they don't, log in and take some time to tweak your profiles.
2. You are the author of your social media feed. But are you the only author? What about the content and photos posted by your friends? When they tag you in a post or photo, their content becomes your content. This may seem alarming to some folks and status quo for others. No matter what, you need to know that people can post to your page without your permission. Unless you change the settings in the privacy and timeline and tagging sections. Go ahead and explore those settings now and make any changes. If you're interested in my settings.....I have the timeline and tagging settings arranged so that I approve all posts from friends.
3. Now that your settings are in order and your profile is ready to publish to a global community, take a few minutes to join some educator groups, follow some pages, and other education professionals.
4. In the comment thread below, take a moment to introduce yourself! Include a link to one of your spiffy profiles so that we can begin to share resources with each other. Tell us why you are interested in learning more about using social media as an educator.