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Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

On Board with The Twitter

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On Board with The Twitter Train <-- love that and great to have you on board :) I think your advice is spot on. Twitter can be overwhelming -- start small and then build upon your successes. Such great advice!

[quote]Elana is spot on. I was really overwhelmed by Twitter when I first started, but now I also believe that it's one of the best resources for teachers (if not the best). When I first jumped on an #edchat, it moved so quickly that I found it hard to keep up. But once I figured out how to focus on the moderator and the sub-conversations that I was a part of, it became extremely useful. I used the chats to connect with other educators that are interested in the same things I am, and from chatting and following them, I gained a ton of new insights! I love spending time searching hashtags like #pbl and #edtech to get the latest thoughts and information from the community. In addition, I find that twitter has the most up-to-date news and information. I scan through what's happening and click links that I'm interested in reading.

It took my a little while to get used to it, but I'm now on board the Twitter train. My advice to teachers who are intimidated by this mode of communication: give it a try, take it slow, search hashtags and follow influencers, go to a chat and just follow along (if it's moving to fast), and stay with it. Once you feel comfortable, it's easy to find great insights and information. More than any other learning environment I've participated in to date![/quote]

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Leslie - Really awesome that

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Leslie - Really awesome that you're going to use Twitter for professional development now. Feel free to ping me on Twitter @elanaleoni if you need me to make any connections.

I absolutely love Twitter. I

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I absolutely love Twitter. I am going to be honest, I have been using Twitter to connect with friends and to read up on celebrities. I never really thought about using Twitter as a way to connect with other educators. Now I am following some of the educators you recommended. :) Great post.

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Elana is spot on. I was

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Elana is spot on. I was really overwhelmed by Twitter when I first started, but now I also believe that it's one of the best resources for teachers (if not the best). When I first jumped on an #edchat, it moved so quickly that I found it hard to keep up. But once I figured out how to focus on the moderator and the sub-conversations that I was a part of, it became extremely useful. I used the chats to connect with other educators that are interested in the same things I am, and from chatting and following them, I gained a ton of new insights! I love spending time searching hashtags like #pbl and #edtech to get the latest thoughts and information from the community. In addition, I find that twitter has the most up-to-date news and information. I scan through what's happening and click links that I'm interested in reading.

It took my a little while to get used to it, but I'm now on board the Twitter train. My advice to teachers who are intimidated by this mode of communication: give it a try, take it slow, search hashtags and follow influencers, go to a chat and just follow along (if it's moving to fast), and stay with it. Once you feel comfortable, it's easy to find great insights and information. More than any other learning environment I've participated in to date!

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