Twitter for Newbies

Having been on Twitter for almost 7 months now, I am still amazed at the professional development I experience on a daily basis from people on Twitter.  Some days, I only spend 10 minutes on Twitter in the morning, but even in that time, I still learn a great deal!  There are always gems that people are posting including, links of blog posts or articles, and positive messages to retweet (RT).

In the last few months, since the beginning of our Engaging the Digital Learner Dinner series the Information Technology Helping Teachers have been hosting, people have been expressing more interest in technology and Twitter as a learning tool.  I am also involved with a wonderful group of administrators in a study group we call, “21st Century Learning”.  We have been talking a little about Twitter in that group as well.  I have posted many links and ideas to our private wiki about Twitter, but I thought I should maybe get the links out to a wider audience.

A resource explaining and discussing Social Media

OpenBook: A K-12 Tech Playbook for Teachers

This is a great introduction to Social Media.

How to Videos
(of items explained in the Playbook)

Twitter (for beginners)

Twitter is one of the best professional development tools out there!

Take a look at some of the videos and links below to help you in your Twitter Exploration.

Getting Started Video (Tweetdeck explained):Twitter for Beginners

Twitter in Plain English

Why Join Twitter?

Twitter Tutorials

Twitter for Teachers

Who to Follow in Twitter

You can also browse Commoncraft to see other very simple videos you might use for your own professional development.

Twitter (the next level)

Twitter 102 For Educators

5 Ways to Engage Others Using Twitter

An Example of the Power of Professional Development using Twitter

Twitter for Professional Development: The Ultra-Beginners Guide

A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags

Who to Follow on Twitter

If you are new to Twitter, I hope you find the information on this page useful and informative.

Twitter really is an amazing place to learn professionally. There are amazing educators and leaders to learn from each and every day.  It doesn’t matter how little time you have to explore Twitter.  You will find something interesting, useful, exciting, or intriguing each and every time you log in.

Happy Tweeting!

If you have any questions, please let me know and, while I am pretty new myself, I will try to help.  If not, there are many people we can ask.

Published by Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.

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