The 10-Step Plan for Combating illTWITTERacy
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The 10 Step Plan to Combating illTWITTERacy
The illTwitteracy epidemic that has afflicted many educators can be eradicated with a simple 10-step plan that will have those who follow it all aTwitter with plenty of ideas for harnessing the power of the Tweet. In this session participants will be introduced to this plan which will enable Tweeps (Twitter using peeps) to not only learn how to Tweet from their phone or computer, but they’ll also discover why they’d even want to by looking at real examples of Tweeple (Twitter people) who use Twitter to enrich teaching, learning, and leading. Upon completion of the plan Tweeps will be on the road to achieving the basic Twitteracy necessary for success in the Twittersphere.


Step 1 – Understanding
You can’t use Twitter effectively unless you understand how it can enrich teaching and learning. Twitter is a great tool for classes or schools to use to share interesting and relevant information with the student body, staff, parents and family. No software to download and even with just one teacher cell phone per class, contributions can be made and modeled anywhere, anytime. Twitter also provides a terrific way for teachers to get an unlimited stream of feedback from students over a period of time on any subject.
  • What do you know?
  • What do you want to know?

  • Share ideas
  • Build personal learning network
Step 2 – 5 Real Examples for Tweeting Teachers and Leaders
Understanding is one thing but unless you see real examples it’s hard to really understand the value of this powerful teaching and learning tool. Here are some examples of ways that teachers and leaders are using Twitter.
Read the examples and share which you are most likely to use

Step 3 – 5 Real Examples for Tweeting Learners
Understanding is one thing but unless you see real examples it’s hard to really understand the value of this powerful teaching and learning tool. Here are some examples of ways that teachers are using Twitter with students.
Read the examples and share which you are most likely to use
Step 4 – Join
If you’re convinced, it’s time to get on board and become a part of the Twitosphere. When you do, it’s important to put up your bio, ideally with a photo, and a url linking to your website, blog, or Facebook page. This way people will be able to trust you are a real person and not just a Twitter robot.
Once you have set up an account, use this form to share your Twitter Username.

How to Sign Up for Twitter

Step 5 – Follow People
It’s no fun being all alone in the Twittosphere. You need to find people to follow who will make up your Twittosverse. One of the wonderful things about Twitter is the way it brings people from all over the world together to share ideas, collaborate and work to make education better.

Here are is how you can find people to follow.
1. See who other educators you admire follow. You can start with me @Innovativeedu. You can read about some of my favorite educators to follow in these two articles 1) Follow the Leader Who’s a Tweeter 2) Bravo to The Lady Leaders Who Are Bloggers and Tweeters!
2. See who is using a tag you are interested in and follow the people whose Tweets you like. __Here is a wonderful list of education tags__ from @cybraryman and another list of Twitter Hash Tags for Educators from 6th grade literacy teacher Bill Ferriter.
3. Follow your colleagues. See there usernames below.

4. Follow those who shared their Twitter names in the Flickr slide show here.
Find five - ten people to follow.
Here is how you can begin following people. Select "Find People" and type in the actual name or Twitter username if you know it. You can start with your colleagues or the people in the articles I shared Then click on the icon that looks like a circular crank and select "follow."
Step 6 – Lurk
Take a look at what the people you follow are Tweeting about. Look at the links they share. See how they reply to one another and tag one another using “@” and the username to bring them into the conversation

Step 7 – Reply / Retweet
Once you’ve found some people to follow and lurked your way around reply to a Tweet you find of interest or retweet something you think would be of interest to your followers. Retweeting btw is a high compliment in the Twittospere and often results in having people you follow, follow you back.

Step 8 – Initiate a Tweet
After completing steps 1 - 7 you are ready to take your first step in initiating a Tweet. But, what to Tweet? Let’s be honest. No one cares that you are sipping coffee or on your way to work. That’s what gives social media like Twitter a bad rap. Don’t fall into the trap. Instead, take the advice of my friend The Brazen Careerist who explains that Twitter is basically a writing platform and asks, “Why are people so uninteresting?” She advises that when Tweeting it is important to be interesting. Sending more Tweets that are not interesting is not as effective as a fewer tweets that are interesting. This post has 15 ideas about which you might decide to Tweet.
Send an interesting Tweet right now using the a specified hashtag. When you do your Tweet will appear in the box below.

Step 9 – Join the Conversation
When using Twitter it’s important to remember that It's All About the Conversation. Twitter provides a beautiful platform for such conversations to take place. No long lectures. No one hogging the floor. Everyone converses in nice, digestible 140 character chunks. The result, intelligent dialogue among those interested in what one another is saying. One of the best ways to engage in such conversations as you are developing your following is to join an existing conversation. My favorite is “Ed Chat,” or as we call it in the Twittosphere, #edchat. It is a terrific way for educators to join the education conversation on an ongoing basis. It enables educators all over the world to participate in online discussions that take the form of a fast-paced chat room on Twitter about important educational topics such as, “How can we teach our students about their digital footprint and maintain a positive one ourselves? You can read more about #edchat in this article Keep the Education Conversation Going on Twitter with #EdChat
Check out #edchat. One of the most exciting conversations about education on the internet. If you find an interesting Tweet, follow that person, retweet, and/or reply!

Step 10 - Collecting / Capturing Tweets
Q & A - Discussion

There you have it. The 9 step plan to combating illTwitteracy. There a whole Twittosverse out there just waiting for you to join us. Happy Tweeting!