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Twitter Help for Educators

Twitter Help for Educators

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Hi all! I wanted to let you know about a new program I've started. No this isn't a sales pitch, just a pitch. A few weeks ago I was involved with the #nt2t chat on Saturday morning (9am EST). It's a great weekly chat that helps educators who are new to Twitter find their legs and get support. One of the questions that was posed was "What resources do you need to be succesful on Twitter"? I mentioned that having a colleague in the building to help you with Twitter was key. Out of that question, I decided to start a Twitter mentor program. A little more on the backstory of this project can be found on my blog:

http://kcalderw.blogspot.com/2014/04/educators-new-to-twitter.html

I literally have gotten SO much from Twitter (including my current job) that I wanted to help others learn about how valuable it can be. I do workshops and presentations all the time about Twitter but there are those that are still not sold or are hesitant to dive in.

What the mentor program does essentially is pair an educator who is new to Twitter up with an established #eduawesome Twitter veteran in a 1:1 mentoring environment. Similar to how new teachers are required to have a mentor their first year, this program has the mentor offer help/guidance to those new on Twitter. They are available to answer questions, help setup their account, and generally show them how the service works.

I am really excited to do this and hope everyone finds it as useful as I believe it it is. I already have some fantastic educators signed on to mentor and am always looking for more, but what I need right now is for people to spread the word about the program and have their colleagues new to Twitter sign up for a mentor.

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal

This is a great idea! I'd love to help- and I'll send it along to my feeds too!

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

I've signed up as a mentor. If you're new to Twitter, take a chance and sign up to learn. The summer is a great time to try out something new and as Kyle talked about, Twitter will change your life.

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