Welcome to Twitter for Educators and Leaders



This is a half hour PD that offers a rationale for adopting Twitter as a means to:
  • Share ideas
  • Develop a PLN (Personal Learning Network)
  • Connect and collaborate with people
  • Reflect and engage in dialogue with others
  • Access to new resources...every day
  • Follow interests
  • Expand your professional development

Glossary of Terms:

#tags (n):
hashtags are markers placed in a Tweet that can be traced by other Tweeters. They are used to link people interested in similar topics. HashTags are not a ‘source’, they are a label only.
#tagchat (n):
a ‘conversation’ that is connected and followed via a specific hashtag.
@symbol (v):
the transportation method to get a tweet to a particular individual.
Followers (n):
people interested in what you say and share.
Following (v):
individuals who say and share things you are interested in.
PLN (n):
Personal Learning Network.
ReTweet (v):
the act of Tweeting someone else’s tweet. Referred to as an ‘RT’ in most tweets.
Twit or Tweeter (n):
a Twitter user
Twitterverse (n):
a universe inhabited by individuals who are active members of Twitter.
Tweet (v):
the act of communicating via Twitter.
Tweet (n):
a single message communicated via Twitter.
Tweacher (n):
a teacher who uses Twitter to engage in great ideas with students and other teachers.

Overview of this PD session:

A/ Join Twitter in 5 minutes:

  1. Go to the Twitter signup page by clicking this link: https://twitter.com/signup
  2. Type in your name, username, password and email address. As for your username, you could use the first part of your email address, your full name, or perhaps a made up name. Here are our @usernames: @bensummerton, @tsbray, @stevekatz and @oneeyegoat. Any choice you make is dependent on availability.
  3. Type in the CAPTCHA words from the image. If you have a hard time reading them, you can listen to the words by clicking the link just to the right of the image.
  4. Click on the Create My Account button
  5. The next step is to see if your friends are on Twitter. This will do a search through your chosen email services. You can however skip this by clicking on the Skip This Step link just below the Continue button.
  6. Well Done! You have now joined Twitter. The next page that asks how you are doing is your main Twitter page. To complete this type in no more than 140 characters, either
    1. a question you may have up until this point in the PD, or
    2. a comment you would like to make about this PD so far.
    3. Include #kispd in your message for either of the options above.

B/ Install TweetDeck
Download TweetDeck from the App Store
( or from http://www.tweetdeck.com/):

In this PD, we want to assist you to focus on connecting with your students and fellow professionals from your specific areas. To do this of course you need to either ‘follow’, or be ‘following’ individuals from within the ‘Twitterverse’. But secondly, and most conveniently, you might consider installing a 3rd party App, than helps to filter out all the unwanted chat about celebrities, and focus instead on the topics and individuals that are relevant to you.

You could also consider using TweetChat (http://tweetchat.com/) which is a website interface that also offers the ability to 'filter'

C/ Feedback for this session:

Please provide your EdTech team with a Tweeted evaluation that includes #kispd. This will help us to refine this PD for future use. You can see this feed on our homepage (www.thefishbowl.phoenix.wikispaces.net), or hopefully create a column in TweetDeck (as above).


  1. Complete your Profile (Don’t be an ‘egg’!). A photo and information will assist you to attract followers and thus expand your PLN.
  2. View the ‘Twitter for Teachers: Developing a PLN’ slideshow (above)
  3. Discover Sources: Find and follow people. Start with a single individual and see who they follow.
  4. Check it often and follow ‘what’s going on’.
  5. Build your ‘Voice’: Retweet, Reply and React. The first of these 2 actions will help you to build followers.
  6. Mentions others: Direct your tweet to specific Tweeters. This personalises your message. If reaching to a broader network, use a #tag.
  7. Connect your Mobile/Cell: While there is a ‘TweetDeck’ for mobile phones, the mobile website for Twitter is just as good. Bookmark: https://mobile.twitter.com/
  8. Start local and build out from there. Start connecting with other KIS staff by using the #kispd hashtag to share your activities in your classroom, or resources that you may like to share. Include this tag in any Retweet, Reply or Reaction.
  9. Consider adding a 'Twitter' button to your wikispace or Google site. It's easy and takes only a few minutes. Go to: https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons > Select Button type (you can preview each) > Copy the 'Embed code' > Insert 'Widget/Gadget' into your online spaceTwitter_Embedding_Options.jpg.

Reactions to Twitter within Education:

The Negatives People Will Throw At You

  1. Twitter takes up time.
  2. Twitter takes you away from teaching.
  3. Without a strategy, it’s just typing.
  4. There are other ways to do this.
  5. It doesn’t replace face-to-face (who said it does).
  6. Twitter is buggy and not education-ready.
  7. Twitter is just for nerds not for teachers.
  8. Twitter’s only a few million people. (only)
  9. Twitter doesn’t replace email.

Some Positives to Throw Back

  1. Twitter helps one organize great, instant meetups (tweetups).
  2. Twitter works swell as an opinion poll.
  3. Twitter can help direct student’s attention to good things.
  4. Twitter in the classroom helps people build an instant “backchannel.”
  5. Twitter breaks news faster than other sources, often (especially if the news impacts online denizens).
  6. Twitter gives institutions a glimpse at what status messaging can do for an organization. Remember presence in the 1990s?
  7. Twitter brings great minds together, and gives everyone daily opportunities to learn (if you look for it, and/or if you follow the right folks).
  8. Twitter gives your critics a forum, but that means you can study them.
  9. Twitter helps with staff development, find other teachers.
  10. Twitter can augment parent feedback.
Source: http://cooper-taylor.com/2008/08/50-ideas-on-using-twitter-for-education/

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A snapshot of our #kispd community. Created on 25 March, 2012


8 reasons people aren’t following you back on Twitter Retrieved 8 March, 2012
Hashtags on Twitter: How do you Follow them? Retrieved 24 March, 2012
13 Ways Twitter improves Education Retrieved 17 March, 2012
Twitter 101: How should I get started using Twitter? Retrieved 17 March, 2012
How to to Join Twitter Retrieved 15 March, 2012
Seven Degrees of Connectedness Retrieved January 26, 2013

KISers on Twitter