Twitter Chats make for great PD!

Twitter Chats make for great PD!

When: Tuesday 14 April, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10). (Please note that daylight saving has now finished!) See timeanddate for your day and timezone.

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate. Please click on this link to join this free webinar.

About this session: Twitter Chats have taken the educational world (and other global communities) by storm.  New chats are constantly springing eUp! Whatever your interest in education, there will be a twitter chat relevant to you. They are occurring around the clock, on a weekly or monthly basis or other ad hoc time periods. They are free, organised by passionate people, require little effort to join in, can provide some great professional development and are usually archived.

  • The following topics will be discussed as part of this webinar:
  • Importance of your profile
  • Hashtags – what are they? How important are they?
  • What is a twitter chat? What do they look like?
  • Why participate in a twitter chat?
  • Where to find twitter chats of interest?
  • How to follow the chat! Some tools to help!
  • Where to find archives!
  • Tips for successful participation

Please join us and share in the conversations.

Twitter for All!

When: Tuesday, Sept 17th 4-5pm, Melbourne, Victoria time

Where: Blackboard Collaborate Please click on this link to join

About this session: Learning is becoming more networked, organic, customized, social, ‘just in time’, global etc. Twitter is a great tool to provide for all this. This session will form a general discussion amongst participants and be tailored to suit the participants’ needs and questions. However, it will cover elements of twitter for all users – newbies and experienced. It may include:-

  • uses of twitter for educationalists
  • who to follow
  • the profile
  • hashtags – how to use them, why use them etc
  • creating lists
  • adding multimedia
  • and much more

Best Practise of Twitter

When: Tuesday, 10th September 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate in your location or time zone

About this session: Twitter is a powerful tool for connecting, sharing and searching. This session will investigate some of the new features introduced over the last 12 months in regard to both mobile and desktop versions, some best practise of using twitter and the sharing of successful stories in using twitter.

Here is the link to the recording

Come along and join in the conversations, share your stories or simply learn how to get even more powerful use out of twitter for learning.

What questions do you have re the use of twitter? Do you have some stories to share as a comment back on this post, that could be used in the session?


Connected Classrooms

Tech Talk Tuesdays commences its series of webinars for 2013 on Tuesday March 5th, with Mel Cashen as guest presenter, speaking about Classroom Connections.

When: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 4pm, Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+11) Check your day and time zone at timeanddate

About this session: Learn about the different ways connections can be made to open your classroom up to the world and provide authentic opportunities for learning.

In the 21st century our classrooms are fluid, vivid and exciting places, where we can create, collaborate and communicate with others easily. Technology allows us to connect students to their learning by providing real life experiences.

See how Skype was used to hear stories from around the world during book week or the power of twitter in setting up connections with classrooms for procedural writing.  Look at collaborative blogs, which have ben set up to connect students and develop writing skills. After being inspired by these connections, learn how to use tools such as Twitter, blogs, Google+, Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to access and create these connections.

About our presenter: Mel is an Educational Designer interested in making technology, empowerment and connected learners the norm in education. You can  follow Mel on twitter

Here is the link to the recording of this exciting presentation. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Please don’t tell me what you had for breakfast!

Dont tell me what you had for breakfast, I would rather know about your favourite eLearning adventures.

This was a tip written on the whiteboard a participant at the recent  Tech Talk Tuesday webinar Guided Tour of Twitter!

There is always keen interest shown in twitter and this webinar walked through some of the basics of twitter. Participants ranged from experienced users of twitter through to absolute beginners. What is twitter? Twitter is a conversation in 140 characters or micro blogging. People are no longer addressed as Miss, Ms, Mr, Sir, Dr etc Everyone is simply @. Some great introductory  videos on twitter come from Common Craft Twitter and Twitter Search

Your Twitter handle (username or id): You can listen to the recording of this webinar by clicking on this link or read some of what was covered:-

  • be consistent with online usernames (where possible)
  • discussion re actual name cf with a pseudonym. Consider ease of spelling, size of usernames as twitter only allows 140 characters.
  • ensure you fill in your profile to make you worthwhile to follow, share your passions, your online space and add an appropriate pic or avatar of yourself.


  • recommendations for the first tweet (s) eg I am new to twitter. What is your most important tip to get started? or If you could change your life in 140 characters, what would you say?
  • Start with a question
  • how to tweet
  • how to keep tweets to 140 characters – use concise language, easily recognized abbreviations, a web address  shortener eg bitly, tinyurl or apps such as tweetdeck which can automatically shorten urls.
  • tweets can be about events, share resources, experiences, advice, ask questions, seek an audience, promote and provoke discussion  and some are just plain dull and boring etc
  • lengthy conversations between several individuals should be relocated as direct messages

Making sense of twitter – Follows

  •  newbies should follow at least 50 people or organisations. Twitter can be a series of conversations and a participant will only see tweets from those they follow. If a lengthy conversation is in progress, following only one of those individuals will be confusing
  • Find an experienced mentor, get them to suggest some people to follow
  • Follow some organisations eg museums, NASA, astronauts as these tend to make stand alone tweets.
  • Twitter will suggest several people to follow each time you login.
  • Follow people, click on the follows link in their page and follow others who share similar interests to you.
  • See who selected organisations follow and choose some of them


  • It is important to gain attention and followers
  • Follow a variety of people and do not choose all “A-Listers”. Many of the most popular tweeters may not follow back as they have already gathered a great twittersphere
  • Grab attention of people you want to follow you, by tweeting to them using their twitter handle (twitter id ie @……)
  • Visit blogs, look for twitter handle, share link to an interesting blog post, referring to their twitter handle.
  • Ask questions of selected tweeters using their twitter handles.

Creating lists

  • it is useful to place those you follow into lists, especially as your twitter network grows
  • Sue Wyatt kindly walked us through her lists and how to create them.
  • People can subscribe to lists
  • Worth doing to keep track of various interests of contacts


  • are of increasing importance for categorizing and following particular topics
  • allow conversations on particular conferences to be followed or particular areas of education eg #ipaded #kinderchat #edchat #innovchat #vicpln #ozseries
  • search engines will also pick up these hashtags

And use Twitter ….

  • as a search engine: many use twitter in preference to google – it is live, immediate; guage people’s feelings, experiences etc
  • use it to source delicious bookmarking sites and useful information for classes etc

From the chat:-

Tips: Follow people who are similar to you; pick one or two respected educators, follow them, then see who they follow; please do not tell me what you had for breakfast, I would rather know about your favourite eLearning adventures

  • Digifoot Twitter Activities and Resources
  • Teaching Shakespeare with Twitter
  • Peggy George I want to know who I’m connecting with because their tweets to me are seen by all of the people who follow me.
  • I use twitter more as a collation and research tool:)
  •  To keep tweets to 140 characters: I don’t bother with proper syntax or punctuation, no caps or joining words; symbols and numbers to replace words like & for and; 
  • Follow #dotday as International Dot Day is coming up
  • Some hashtags to follow as collated by @cybraryman
  • #stubc12 is the student blogging challenge
  • Twitterfall or tweetchat will keep track of hashtags or chats
  • time is always an issue which is why you need a management plan or tool like TweetDeck, Hootsuite, TwitterFall, etc. (Peggy George)

A Guided Tour of Twitter!

Please note that this session has been rescheduled from its original date of Tue, Aug 28th to Tuesday, September 4th. Please join us.

When: Tuesday, September 5th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session: Twitter has been advocated as one of the favourite tools for professional development and networking by many users.  As a follow up to a previous session and as a means of finishing and highlighting Connected Educator month, twitter will be revisited.

The nature and direction of this session will be determined by participants and their needs. Here is what may be discussed:-

  • What is a tweet?
  • What should the first and early tweets look like?
  • How do you keep a tweet to 140 characters?
  • What makes a tweet!
  • How do you find people, organisations etc to follow?
  • How do you keep track of tweets and hashtags etc?
  • Suggestions of people to follow and much more

Come along with your questions, your experiences, things to share and let’s keep on being connected.

Here is the link to the recording. What questions would you have about twitter? What knowledge could you share? Has twitter had an impact on you or your classroom?

A Guided Tour of Twitter

When: Tuesday 28th August, 2012 4-5pm (Melbourne, Australia gmt+10)

About the session: Twitter has been advocated as one of the favourite tools for professional development and networking, by many users.  As a follow up to a previous session and as a means of finishing and highlighting Connected Educator month, twitter will be revisited.

The nature and direction of this session will be determined by participants and their needs. What is a tweet, how do you keep it to 140 characters, what makes a tweet, how do you find people, organisations etc to follow, how do you keep track of tweets and hashtags etc. Come along with your questions, your experiences, things to share and let’s keep on being connected.

Here is the link to join this session. What questions would you have about twitter? What knowledge could you share? Has twitter had an impact on you or your classroom?


Twitter: A networking tool and a search engine!

Here is a summary of our recent webinar on twitter.

Twitter was the topic of  conversation for this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday session. With a mix of prepared slides and application sharing, twitter was introduced to those who may be new to its use. It was great to welcome a global audience with participants from Austria, Honduras (Central America), Moscow, Russia and Australia.

Doodling while we waited to begin!

There was a full range of participants from experienced users of twitter through to newbies. A google document was set up for sharing and for further questions both during the webinar and after. There are two major uses of twitter:-

  1. as a social or professional learning networking tool
  2. as a search engine

People can be active participators or passive lurkers (or somewhere in between!). Here are some basic suggestions to simply get started! Twitter as a social or professional learning networking tool:-

  • look for people to follow. Follow the twitter handles on the collaborative  google document – Twitter Tech Talk Tuesdays. Whilst logged on, click on their twitter handles or id’s and see who they follow (ie following link up near the top of the page). Click on some  and choose pnes of interest. Check out some  organisations too eg museumvictoria Look at who they follow  and click follow on appropriate ones. (Note: these organisations are unlikely to follow you  back.)
  • Learn what @ # DM RT FF shortened links etc are
  • Twitter should be a two way conversation so encourage people to follow you back by setting up an informative profile that makes you interesting for prospective followers, sharing a link to your online space or blog etc.
  • if you wish to tweet to a particular person or  draw attention to an individual tweeter use the @ and their twitter id. eg I am alerted to tweets that have @murcha in them.
  • Private conversations or ongoing conversations between individuals, are better as direct messages (DM)  where only those who receive the DM will be able to read them.
  • If you really like a tweet and feel you can push it out more, then choose the retweet option. This will acknowledge that it was someone else’s tweet by having RT, the tweeter’s handle and the tweet itself.
  • Start with twitter, get comfortable then move onto some of the twitter clients to help with organisation and richer research.

As a search engine:-

  • twitter makes a great search engine. Last night there was a second earthquake in Melbourne within a month. Look for the search option (up the top of your twitter page), key in earthquake and any tweets referring to the earthquake can be read. There are details, feelings, queries, links etc to extend knowledge.
  • Look at the trending topics on the left hand side of twitter. Click on the link and read further those that interest you. These change regularly. These can often be useful with the classroom on world wide events. The Olympic games will be of high interest soon.
  • Take care with searches in front of young classes as some tweets may not be suitable for reading.

Listen to the recording to see the ‘walk through twitter’, suggestions etc The chat from this session will be summarized and added to this  google document – Twitter Tech Talk Tuesdays. Feel free to add your twitter id’s and any resources that you can recommend. Do you use twitter? Do you use it as a search engine? If so please add your ideas and impressions as a comment below. What further suggestions would you make? There will be a follow up session on twitter in four week’s time to see what issues people faced and talk more about using it effectively.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Twitter

When: Tuesday, July 17th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10)

About this session:  Twitter is the social phenomenon  that is sweeping across global communities.

For educators, it can play a vital role in networking, professional development, learning through conversations and much, much more. This session will introduce twitter to those who may be new to it. The following topics will be covered:-

  • Why use twitter?
  • How to get started?
  • The importance of the profile
  • 140 characters or less
  • Direct messages, retweets
  • The new features of twitter
  • How to find people to follow
  • Using twitter as a search engine
  • Hashtags
  • Threaded conversations
  • Lists
  • Social browsers for twitter eg tweetdeck, hootsuite
  • Twitter chats
  • Where to learn more?

If you are wanting to know more about twitter or wanting to get started on twitter this is a session for you. It is hoped that those who are experienced with twitter will also attend, add to the conversations and share in the learning.

Here is the link to the recording

Some preliminary or post reading: Are you twittering? Here’s how I use twitter by Sue Waters at the Edublogger. A great blog post! The wordle below summarises her post visually.

What questions might you have? What recommendations would you make? Why do you use twitter? Please leave a comment below and these will be shared in the session.

The Power of Social Media and its Implications for Education

When: Tuesday, March 13th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia (gmt+11)

About this session: Year 12 students walked into my classroom for the first lesson of the day on Wednesday last week and asked if I had seen the Kony video. Intrigued, I asked more questions to find out that the students had seen the links on facebook which had gone viral with the news. It had also hit other social media eg twitter, youtube, vimeo with a vengeance and the traditional media had also joined in. Using a teachable moment, we viewed the highly engaging video. Since then it has come under some criticism.

When we watched the movie  it had had 3 million hits, by the end of the day the hits amounted to 10 million but 24 hours later had reached 40 million. Wide use of social media has also been used in the recent floods in Victoria.

  • What are other examples of social media use  that have had global impact?
  • What impact does this have on learning and for education in general?
  • How important are critical thinking and internet research skills?
  • How can these skills be taught?
Join us as we share conversations around these important questions. Here is the link to join in this session. What comments could you add? What are your feelings on this?