Twitter provides the opportunity to have micro-conversations in 140 characters or less. This social media platform has been repurposed by a number of educators for workplace learning. Twitter is not the only form of professional development available and you do not have to tweet to learn. That being said, an increasing number of educators have repurposed and remixed Twitter for work learning and performance. You would be surprised what 140 characters can do to create community and interaction online. A number of grassroots initiatives have developed for educators to consider Twitter as part of their professional development plans for informal learning, scholarly development, and shared practices. For me, the last seven years spent on Twitter has been invaluable. This platform continues to provide an open, informal learning space to collaborate and banter with a community of educators. Thanks for that, Larry.
Flickr photo c/o Brian Kopp
Twitter is really the “water-cooler” for educators to share news, post reports/trends, read the news, review research, ask questions, gather information, and curate knowledge. Educators are increasingly expressing ideas and linking to relevant websites, videos, articles, images, etc. related the workforce. This commentary and resources were shared for my own learners and other training participants who want to “get started” with workplace learning and performance – so I welcome your shared suggestions for helpful Twitter resources and tips in the comments below.
The Twitter Basics:
- Twitter in Plain English – YouTube
- Why Do You Use Twitter? http://youtu.be/4AN4_N5N52U
- HOW TO: Set Up a Twitter Account
- Twitter Search and Discover
- The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter
- 5 Reasons Why Every Professional Should Use Twitter
- Teaching Twitter to Higher Education Colleagues
Hashtags & Backchannels
Hashtag: A symbol used in Twitter messages, the # symbol, used to identify keywords or topics in a Tweet. The hashtag was an organic creation by Twitter users as a way to categorize Twitter messages and link keywords posted on Twitter. Besides a current event or pop culture reference, Twitter has been an essential part of the conference tool kit to support sharing on the backchannel. You no longer have to be in-person to engage in the workshops, presented talks, or round table discussions via the live experience. There’s now a full stream of activity created around single hashtags for professional development and workplace learning events.
- What Are Hashtags?
- Twitter Help Center | What Are Hashtags (“#” Symbols)?
- “#Hashtag” with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake – YouTube
- #Hashtag + Community = Learning? « TechKNOW Tools http://bit.ly/qykcK0
- Backchannel in Education – Nine Uses http://bit.ly/qWY8S5
- Encouraging a Conference Backchannel on Twitter http://bit.ly/pZH3BD
- 7 Things You Should Know About Backchannel Communication http://bit.ly/pgezdu
Here are just a few Hashtags to SEARCH and Follow:
- #AcWri (academic writing)
- #edtech and #onlinelearning
- #phdchat and #gradchat and #SAdoc
- #Open and #OER and #openaccess
- #acadv (academic advising)
- #StudentAffairs and #sachat
- And MORE!
- P.D. hashtags related to your field and conferences, e.g. 2015 Education and Ed Tech Conferences [Psssst… you can add to it if I’m missing any!]
What Is a Twitter Chat and How to Make the Most of It. Twitter chats are threaded discussions using a hashtag to dialogue about a specific subject.Twitter chats are linked conversations via a single hashtag that participants can search, follow, and include in their own Tweet as they respond during the Twitter chat time. Twitter chats are similar to online chats, forums, or discussion boards; however, they are often synchronous and active during a designated date and time. The hashtag for many chats continues past the “live” event on Twitter for others who want to share and engage. Some Twitter chats guide the discussion or have open topics central theme, while others Twitter chats are moderated in a structured question-response format. E.g. Edu Chat Calendar http://bit.ly/educhatcalendar and the Twitter Directory from IHE.
Other Twitter Tips & Resources:
- Twitter for Business https://business.twitter.com/
- 10 Simple Twitter Tactics That Will Get You More Traffic Today
- 9 Ways to Get More Twitter Followers (Ethically)
- 10 Insights on How Top Marketers Use Twitter
- How the Founder of Buffer Tweets: The System and 5 Types of Tweets to Keep Your Followers Engaged
- 10 Surprising New Twitter Stats to Help You Reach More Followers
- How Twitter’s Expanded Images Increase Clicks, Retweets and Favorites [New Data]