The power of Twitter for educators is undeniable to those who are already actively tweeting, but how can we convince skeptics of the benefits? We'll walk coaches and administrators through introducing Twitter, leading PD and implementing a 30-day challenge to help teachers get connected on Twitter.
Purpose & objective
Participants will learn about an interactive way to connect teachers in their district with other educators on Twitter. Many teachers have heard about Twitter in passing or sat through PD about Twitter without having the hands on experience and an incentive to keep using Twitter to grow their own PLN. The Twitter challenge went over with great success in our district.
First, teachers were introduced to Twitter in group PD sessions. They learned what Twitter was, created accounts, and began using it together as a group. The following week began the challenge, which asked teachers to complete one task on Twitter per day. The challenge incorporated Google Drive, Tweetdeck and many outside resources based on teachers' recommendations.
Evidence of Success: This Storify summarizes the tweets and participation in the Twitter challenge: https://storify.com/Katie_M_Ritter/middie30-twitter-challenge.
This website houses my Twitter resources for educators: http://www.talktechwithme.com/twitter-resources.html
This Google spreadsheet has each of the challenges: http://bit.ly/middie30
I will share resources and a step by step guide for the Twitter PD that took place before beginning the challenge. I will also share all of the challenge prompts and advice to other coaches to implement a challenge within their district.
Tom Murray discusses the importance of personalizing learning for teachers and how big of a role Twitter plays in that personalized learning in his webinar How to Personalize Learning Plans for Your Teachers via edWeb.net:http://home.edweb.net/how-to-personalize-learning-plans-for-your-teachers/.
Adam Bellow and Steve Dembo feature Twitter in their book Untangling the Web.
Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum have a chapter on Twitter in their book Web 2.0 How-To for Educators.
Every major education website or resource from Edutopia to ASCD to Kathy Schrock to Edudemic and so on have featured an article (or many) on Twitter for education.