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Using Twitter to Develop Your Professional Learning Network

Several years ago I was taking part in a professional development course and attended a seminar, “Twitter for Professional Development in Teaching”. Up until attending this course, I thought Twitter was just another social media platform. What I found out was completely the opposite…Twitter is a vital resource for educators who are interested in professional development. The following resources are my favorite for learning how to utilize this amazing tool.
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Using Twitter to Develop Your Professional Learning Network
  • John Cork says:
    This short video is an excellent introduction to using Twitter as part of your Personal Learning Network. The video explains Twitter is an excellent platform to learn, share and make connections with other educators. Maybe you need a little inspiration for using Twitter or feel it isn’t right for you. Watch this video and get immersed within Twitter’s education PLN today!
  • John Cork says:
    This informative PowerPoint presentation goes a bit in depth about Twitter. You’ll learn terminology like @mention, retweet, hashtag, direct messages and favorites. Ready to challenge yourself…. the author challenges the reader with tasks like setting up your profile page and bio, follow 10 individuals, find 5 organizations to follow, search for a meaningful hashtag and send your first Tweet. I also love the information about who to follow on Twitter.
  • John Cork says:
    This YouTube video features the tutorial “Beginner's Guide to Using Twitter for Professional Development”. This well-narrated video provides instruction on how to get started with a professional learning network. It will guide you through setting up a new account, who to follow in the education community and how to share your own thoughts!
  • John Cork says:
    Do you need more inspiration to use Twitter? This article from Education Technology and Mobile Learning presents you with “10 Ways Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development”. Many Twitter-related topics are covered including how to create a strong profile, proper etiquette, hashtags and who to follow . . . to mention a few.
  • John Cork says:
    This excellent blog post from Teacher Challenges will get you started with Twitter and explain the benefits of using the platform to create your own vibrant professional learning network. You’ll quickly learn now to follow educators who inspire, search for information and how to contribute. Finally, Teacher Challenges gives you a task to complete. Are you up to the task?