So I signed up for Twitter today. Now what do I do with it?
I like these suggestions from an old TCI blog post…
When you are ready to begin, find the Twitter search box and type in the following, #edchat and click. Scroll through the messages and begin looking at what these teachers post. You will see folks often use a # sign in their tweets. This allows the tweet to fall in a series of tweets that, when searched, will appear together in a timeline with the most recent post first.
* From the list of educators you see on #edchat, you can decide to follow a few. I recommend a few: @shellterrell, @tomwhitby, and @kyteacher. Please consider following me @Brian_ThomasTCI and our official account, @TeachTCI. Spend the first few sessions you go onto Twitter just reading and consuming. Don’t worry about posting yet.
* When you feel ready, post a tweet with a thought, question, or insight you have to classroom instruction. Remember that tweets must be 140 characters or less. Everything counts, spaces, dots, semi-colons.
* Participate in a live discussion. For general education, there is none better I’ve found than #edchat on Wednesdays 12pm EST and 7pm EST. Both last one hour. The discussion revolves around a few essential questions that educators from around the country discuss and share thoughts and resources on.
There are LOTS of education-related chats to follow. I actually have a tough time keeping up with #edchat. #sschat happens Monday nights at 7pm; so does #engchat (who featured guest Tweeter Diane Ravitch tonight!)
It takes a bit of getting used to, but don’t give up. I’ve gotten tons of great resources from educators on Twitter.