Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 5 – Twitter is Where It is Happening!

Update November 2015:

This resource was originally created in November 2014 as part of a series OSSEMOOC created on “Ten Minutes a Day to Becoming a Connected Leader”.  This is one of our most popular resources, because it explains how to get connected with other educators on Twitter for self-directed professional learning.

In May 2015, we guided a number of educators through getting connected, and provided some further assistance with screencast tours of the Twitter resources.  One of those screencasts is below.  It takes only a couple of minutes to watch the screencast guide to this resource.

We hope you find these helpful in opening your professional learning world up to the opportunities to connect with other educators on Twitter.  Keep watching OSSEMOOC for more support in becoming a connected education leader.

Since creating this resource, we have offered (and we continue to offer) mini-MOOCs (courses) on connecting through Twitter.  Please feel free to access the resources as outlined below:

Twitter for Absolute Beginners (currently in progress until Dec. 2015: https://twitterforabsolutebeginners.wordpress.com/

Twitter for Education Leaders (currently in progress until Dec. 2015: https://twitterforeducationleaders.wordpress.com/

Sign up here for either of the current courses, or any upcoming courses.

Please see further resources at the bottom of this page.




From November 2014:

Here we are on our 5th day of connecting, and we have learned about some great resources so far.  But if you really want to dig into the conversations and sharing, you need to be on Twitter.

What better time to join? With the #BIT14 conference drawing over 1000 educators to Niagara Falls, and #LTELT14 happening today, there is so much learning in one place.

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Educators who are fortunate enough to attend conferences share their learning out on Twitter.  Those who are not in attendance can read, ask questions, add opinions and resources, and enrich the learning experience for all.

Last evening, #OSSEMOOC held a Twitter chat instead of a live meeting because so many educators were travelling.  You can see some of the conversation here.

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Before you sign up for Twitter, here is an excellent guide to help you think about your online presence and how you should choose a user name and photo.

Sue Water’s Guide to learning on twitter for educators: http://www.theedublogger.com/2012/02/13/the-updated-twitteraholics-guide-to-tweets-hashtags-and-all-things-twitter/

Get a twitter account here.

If you are already on Twitter, what hashtags are you following today? What hashtags would you suggest to other educators?

Here are some to start:





Weekly Twitter Chats: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiftIdjCeWSXdDRLRzNsVktUUGJpRWJhdUlWLS1Genc#gid=0

More on building your Twitter feed: https://twitterforabsolutebeginners.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/designing-your-twitter-feed-part-2-hashtags/


Using Twitter without creating an account: https://twitterforabsolutebeginners.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/learning-to-search-anonymously-on-twitter/


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