Twitter for Beginners

We are about to embark upon our Staff Digital Learning Journey. We are calling our sessions “Digital Discovery”.  It is an exciting time for us all (and probably filled with some nervousness).  In an effort to make this new learning fun, interesting, and worthwhile, but not overwhelming, I am providing staff with an opportunity to attend weekly 30-40 minute learning and discovery sessions. To enable all staff to have the opportunity to participate, these sessions will be offered twice a week (we have a number of part-time people who only work certain days).

This week (and probably for many coming weeks), we will focus on Twitter.

My goals for this week’s Digital Discovery sessions about Twitter include:

  • The Why of Twitter – Learning from and with amazing educators – 24-7
  • Signing up on Twitter (if they are not already signed up) – including the importance of using a real name and a real photo
  • Twitter Language – # @ DM
  • Some hashtags to follow (#sd36learn, #bced, #bclearns, #brcklearns, #edchat and specific grade chats like #1stchat, #kinderchat, and others)
  • Some people to follow (how to find people to follow will come at a later session) 

I have written about Twitter a number of times and have found it to be some of the best professional development I have been involved with in many years.  I have come to get to know some amazing educators, and for that, I am grateful.

Some of my previous posts about Twitter include:

Twitter – The Very Basics

Twitter for Newbies

Top Ten Tweeters (this is actually a very in-depth list)

Learning to Tweet

Something I did not discuss much in any of the above posts is SPAM.


Sometimes you may get Direct Messages (DM’s) saying things like:

“Someone is saying something awful about you here ________” followed by a link
or “Do you want your picture on this site?  ________” link

It may look like this:

These are spam messages.  If you click on the links then you will end up sending that spam message out to those who follow you.


In addition, when sending direct messages to others, you might want to ensure your direct messages are specific and include something personal so people will know the message is from you and not a spammer.

In time, you will come to recognize what is spam right away.

If your account becomes compromised (which happens all the time and is not a huge deal – just annoying to you and your followers) and you end up sending out spam yourself, don’t worry, it is really easy to fix.  Follow the directions on this link from Twitter.

I hope the staff at my school finds this information helpful and valuable!  I can’t wait to share Twitter with everyone!


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.

One thought on “Twitter for Beginners

  1. Hey Tia, I absolutely love this idea. It is very much like the plan I am hoping to put in place at Berkshire. I am being referred to as the IT guy. I wanted to do a session on Twitter but thought I would help the teachers with Sharepoint – the Hub. If you would like to get together, maybe even our bigger group, perhaps we can do some planning around future sessions.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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