Yes, you've heard all the lingo...the tweets, retweets, tweetdecks, hashtags, follows, followers, bit.lys, tinyurls, Twitter twits, etc. Does all of this twerminology have you befuddled? Are you a Twitter-lover or a Twitter-hater?
Here is a VERY brief overview of some Twitter jargon, and then I'll move on to the good stuff, so if you are already a tweeter, please don't stop here. Here's my little glossary of twerms:
I have listed a few ways you can take advantage of Twitter as a professional and even as a classroom tool. You might want to have one Twitter account for student/class related information and another for professional networking:
Use Twitter for professional networking to:
Use Twitter as a classroom tool to:
I used to think of Twitter as "another thing to do," but within the last year, I have found that it saves me time versus wasting it. I find important trends in education listed out for me with very little searching, and quite frequently I am directed to a new idea or opinion I hadn't considered. Like anything though, it's all in how it is managed. With any social network, it's important to be careful of who you follow and to regulate your time. If you find that someone you follow is posting garbage that takes your attention and time away from more important posts, don't be afraid to "unfollow" that person.
Please use the comment section below to expand your professional learning network! Let the BPS 101 community know how you are currently using Twitter or how you plan to in the future! Oh, and if you like this post...feel free to tweet it out to your followers by clicking on the Twitter button below. Happy tweeting!
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