Growing Your PLN with Twitter [Podcast #008]


What a time it is to be an educator!  Thanks to Twitter, we are able to connect with professionals from other schools and share fresh ideas, learn about what is working, and encourage each other in our journey to make a difference for our students.  In fact, of the over half billion tweets posted each day, over 4.2 million of them are education-related.  That equates to over 3,000 new education tweets during the few moments it took you to read that first paragraph.  With just a few simple steps you can use Twitter to significantly grow your professional learning network and, in turn, access a wealth of knowledge for your school community. We feel there are some simple but key steps you should take to make the most of this resource.

In this episode, we discuss four key methods of using Twitter to grow PLN and spotlight a digital tool that allows you to easily manage your Twitter account.

 

In this Episode

  • Digital Tool Spotlight → TweetDeck
  • How to use Twitter to grow your professional learning network

 

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Digital Tool Spotlight

TweetDeck allows you to view all of your Twitter account activity in one simple yet powerful dashboard.  You can customize your view to include your activity, notifications, direct messages, and followers — all on the same page.  You can also manage multiple accounts from a single dashboard and even schedule posts to take place at a later time.  This is a great tool for both power users and beginners alike!

 

Growing Your PLN with Twitter

  • Import your address book and follow your colleagues.  Twitter will also recommend other users that have similar interests outlined in their profile.  You can follow us at the following handles:

Other power users to follow from the world of education include:  Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy), George Couros (@gcouros), Justin Tarte (@justintarte), Kevin Daniel (@kdworkshops), David Geurin (@DavidGeurin), Beth Houf (@BethHouf)

  • Be active!  Share your reflections, celebrations, failures, and great reads with the rest of the twitter universe.  Retweet great posts that make an impact on you.
  • Participate in EdChats that usually occur weekly for an hour.  Some great ones to follow include:
    • #BFC530
    • #MOedchat
    • #OHedchat
    • #IAedchat
  • Follow hashtags that are relevant to your content area, grade-levels, or geographic region

 

Join the Conversation

One of the best parts of doing the podcasts is the opportunity to interact with other lead learners.  Each week we pose one question for discussion.  This week’s question is below:

Question: What Twitter users or hashtags do you most enjoy following? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

About Us

Dr. Michael Methvin is the principal at Pleasant Hope Elementary School in southwest Missouri. He has served as a building principal since 2005 at both the elementary and secondary levels after beginning his career in education as a business teacher. Prior to moving to the Midwest and becoming an educator, he spent time working in marketing, advertising, and the internet industry in Boston and New York.  Currently, Michael enjoys encouraging his team to try new and creative things in their classrooms, hosting the Lead Learner Podcast, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Shane Dublin has been the principal at Bolivar Middle School for the past 10 years. As an educator, he has a passion for being involved in conversations centering around learning, innovation, taking risks and bringing about the best in those around him. He believes the “whatever it takes” philosophy applies to all areas within the academic community and strives to challenge all students, provide interventions for struggling learners and nurture kids toward becoming responsible and productive citizens.

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