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1 How & why STEM educators need to be using Twitter Jeffrey P. Carpenter Elon University Twitter handle: @doccarpenter This presentation @ http://bit.ly/twitternoyce “Teachers are taking over Twitter” - @braveneutrino

2 Learning targets  Participants will know  how to use the micro blogging service Twitter  how Twitter can enhance in-class and out- of-class learning, & communication with students & parents  how Twitter can enhance STEM education professional development via resource sharing, collaboration, individualized learning, & leadership

3 Who am I? How did I end up on Twitter?  flipped learning  personal excitement about Twitter  counter negativity around traditional PD  more student-teacher, student-student interactions  more audience & feedback for students' ideas

4 Less CarlyCrunkBear, More deposing dictators

5 Set Up  Twitter  & one of tweetdeck, hootsuite, etc. – to follow # hashtags, chat  Handle – professional, maybe some personality  Profile – necessary for non-lurkers; no profile, no followers

6 Following – Who you follow > who follows you People  @TomWhitby  @web20classroom  @teachingwthsoul  @shellterrell  @mathhombre  @cybraryman  @nmhs_principal Organizations  @educationweek  @edutopia  @nsta  @eyeoneducation  @edudemic  @isteconnects  @mindshiftkqed

7 How do I figure out who to follow?  Stalk other people’s followers & following  Look @ profiles  Look @ # of followers  Watch who posts using hashtags of interest to you  My resources curation (more later) has more recommendations

8 How do I tweet?  How many characters?  What is this: #  What does it mean to “tweet at”?  RT ? MT ? DM?  Who sees my tweets? General settings:  Followers  Anyone who searches / follows any #s used  Anyone who searches any terms used  Possible to limit to followers only

9 Using hashtags hashtag = community w/ shared interest hashtag = broadens convo  #edchat  #21stedchat  #ntchat  #edtech  State chats (e.g., #nced)  #mathchat  #stemchat  #scichat  #chemchat  #flipclass  #flipsci

10  Do nows  Backchanneling  Find related resources  Communication & questions – teacher- student, student-student Twitter for students

11 PS - for k-12 world  Communication w/ students – they follow you, not vice-a-versa  Communication w/ parents – what’s going on in class, pics of great student work, etc.

12 Twitter is for teachers too!

13 Why bother?  Asynchronous resource sharing & acquiring  constant source of filtered or vetted ideas & links - “None of us is as smart as all of us”  current: STEMbites– Google Glass videos based outside of the classroom

14 More why bother  Networking & community – connecting w/ those w/ similar interests from around the country & even globe  E.g., Andrew Thomasson & Cheryl Morris are co-creating their English classes – in NC & CA  E.g., Conducting research w/ someone from Wichita State University I met via Twitter  Twitter participation: voluntary- people want to connect!  Backchanneling at conferences

15 Another big reason to tweet  Chats!  "Oddly invigorating"  "Might be addicted to Twitter chats!”

16 What is a chat?  Pre-arranged, typically weekly or monthly conversation on one topic  One-hour of tweeting w/ specific #  Big & small  Poll beforehand, archive afterwards  Follow the chat in hootsuite, tweetdeck, etc.

17 More chatting  Moderators  Introductions & then Q1, A1 format  Lots of tangents, side convos  What might be considered unprofessional/ misbehavior in traditional PD is encouraged in chats  Favorite-ing for later reference

18 Some chats to consider  #edchat – the original, the largest Tuesdays @ noon & 7pm  #ntchat – new teacher chat, Wednesdays 8 pm, also #edteach Tuesdays 8 pm  #21stedchat – Sundays 8 pm  #stemchat – variable times, monthlyvariable times  #chemchat – Thursdays 9pm (new AP curriculum)  #mathchat – Thursdays 8pm  #flipclass – Mondays 8pm

19 Combatting isolation - location - interest/ philosophy

20 Isolation & PD negativity - it doesn’t have to be that way!  Young, novice, and even veteran teachers need to be around positivity & problem solvers  Need to have a place where they can share & acquire ideas w/o judgment

21 Twitter …  Allows for individualization & autonomy in learning  Can provide sense of community & support  Just in time learning  Positive, solutions-oriented environment

22 For young & novice teachers  Enhanced sense of self as professional:  "I had not considered myself a teacher yet, or much less one of that quality or caliber."  “Offers validation as an active member of the teaching community.”

23 For veteran teachers  Another way to contribute to the profession & share your wisdom  A way to break out of potential rut & expand your thinking

24 For Noyce programs?  Keeping in touch w/ & supporting graduates as they begin careers

25 Resources  How to: Info for the Twitter Novice –  short version http://bit.ly/M0TWx0http://bit.ly/M0TWx0  long version http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/ http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/  Videos Tutorials: http://bit.ly/YWXk2phttp://bit.ly/YWXk2p  Chat List: Chat topics and times http://cybraryman.com/chats.html http://cybraryman.com/chats.html  Educators to Follow: A list of influential education tweeters http://bit.ly/TxhouChttp://bit.ly/TxhouC  All Things Twitter:  Jeff’s curation of web content regarding Twitter for educators http://bit.ly/SjFIMohttp://bit.ly/SjFIMo  wiki page about Twitter in edu http://jillthompson.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/Twitte r http://jillthompson.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/Twitte r

26 Questions & Discussion Presentation @ http://bit.ly/twitternoyce


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