Monday, June 8, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently: Key Connector 1 Invest in a Personal and Professional Learning Network (P2LN)

If you're not already connected on Twitter, why not? What has been holding you back? Did the authors convince you to jump on board? If you are connected, why are you connected? Please share your Twitter handle and maybe the handle of one of your favorite people to follow. And if you're still an "egghead" or haven't filled out your Twitter profile, take this opportunity to do so. If you are looking for more people to follow, consider checking out these lists we've compiled: http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/inelearn-twitter-lists.html. Be sure to follow @INeLearn. If you follow us and we can tell by your profile that you are an Indiana educator, we will follow you back.

Please note, you can make as many comments to blog posts and other peoples' comments as you would like. You do not have to comment straight back to this blog post. I encourage you to comment back to others comments, even questioning them or sharing your thoughts and ideas. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.

Next week we will discuss "Key Connector 2 Learn What They Want, When They Want, How They Want."

246 comments:

  1. I have had a personal Twitter account for a couple of years which I use to remind my students of upcoming assignments. Sometimes I just use it to comment on some of their "tweets." Only after reading the first chapter did I start following some education people and groups, and I have gotten some education people following me. I like to follow news agencies as well - local news here in Lafayette as well as the Washington Post, NYTimes, and even the BBC news. The baseball fan in me also uses it to keep up with my Cubbies and vote for the All-Star game players. I have found it to be a good way to send messages to students, however, and they can message me about readings, homework assignments, and so on. My Twitter handle is @Aubbie725.

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    1. Cindy - I love it that you are a baseball fan as well. I actually started my first twitter account just weeks ago so that I could send my 16 year old daughters birthday picture to the digital jumbo tron at the South Bend Cubs field. I have found so many other reasons to use it now....and hope I get much better at it.

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    2. Hi, Tony! That sounds like fun! I have friends whose children attend Penn and one who is a counselor there, and I would love to come see the SB Cubs soon. If you follow the Cubs, you can follow the players, too! I follow John Lester, Castro, and a few others. I even follow Kerry Wood! I thought it was just a passing fancy. I have already learned so much in just the two weeks reading this book that I never even imagined existed!

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    3. Twitter is a great way for me to follow the athletics going on at my school. Our athletic director created a Twitter account - @mccutcheonmavs - which updates games for all sports. Each of our athletic teams seems to have an account as well. We have one for the band, too - @McC_Bands. Sending out tweets to parents about schedules, reminders, or even when we leave a band contest can be quite helpful in this technology driven world. However, it is also a reason why people are glued to their cell phones all the time.

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  2. After two false starts on Twitter, I used it more consistently this past school year. That was a result of two keynote speakers at an e-learning conference where George Couros and Eric Sheniger @gcouros and @E_Sheniger brought to life some purposeful reasons for connecting, much like our book blog authors have proposed. I also follow educator Matt Miller @jmattmiller as a result of another conference. While I follow some other educational sites like @edutopia @edtechdigest, the group that energizes me most is the #INeLearn chat on Thursday evenings. This group is welcoming, has several moderators that are actively involved in educational technology in our state, and offers a way for participants to give input, respond to each other, and support ideas. I would encourage any educator to give the chat a try, first by following Indiana Elearning @INeLearn and by being on Twitter at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings. After reading our first chapter, I followed the five suggested educators as well as the three authors. Twitter requires some extra energy and change in my routine considering I lived without it for almost 50 years, however, consistently using it for several months quickly builds support and motivation to continue.
    My twitter handle is @farandlow

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    1. Thanks Tammy for sharing the educational sites that you follow. I'm trying to follow more educational sites. I'm starting to truly understand the full potential Twitter has in my professional growth. I will be checking out the #INeLearn chats on Thursdays! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. I also enjoy the Thursday #INeLearn chats! There is good information, but not so many active participants that it's overwhelming like some chats are. The chats are also a great source of educators and leaders to follow!

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    3. Tammy I just followed you. I've never heard of the #INeLearn chats! I want to participate in one!

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    4. Tammy I just followed you. I've never heard of the #INeLearn chats! I want to participate in one!

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    5. I have enjoyed the #INeLearn chats often, and I have had the joy of meeting with Matt Miller (there are two- the "Ditch That Textbook" and then another that is a Social Studies teacher) in person. He is as great in "real life" as on his blog and Twitter! I agree- Twitter is energizing!

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    6. Tammy, thank you for the helpful suggestions, especially the INeLearn resource!

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    7. Eric Sheniger and Matt Miller are great individuals to follow. Awesome suggestions!

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    8. I am not yet on Twitter but will be joining very soon. Thank you for the suggestions on who to follow.

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  3. I've tried Twitter in the past and just never felt I succeeded in understanding what the "hype" was all about. In order to participate as fully as I can in this blog I have started a new Twitter. Maybe I will have a different experience this time (I'm optimistic). I'm going to use this summer reading experience to explore and try to experience the positives Twitter has to offer.

    My twitter handle is @kim_mccane

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    1. In my opinion, it is all about who you follow. I encourage you to start following some of the individuals people in this book study are suggesting. Participating in the #INeLearn chat tonight (Thursday) would be helpful as well.

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    2. I am in the same boat Kim. I plan on sticking with Twitter this summer in an attempt to get the most our of it! Thanks for the suggestion Tricia; who you follow must be important and I plan on focusing on that aspect!

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    3. I agree as well, I see the benefit of connecting to others but Twitter seems to be what I intend to use and then loose in the shuffle. I would like to try again and add it to my list of priorities for this school year.

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    4. I had my Twitter account for almost a year before I really understood how to get the most out of it! It's all about who you follow (that determines what content yu'll get) and it helps to get involved in some chats! I like the #inelearn chat (of course) Thurs at 9pm, also #tbookc is a twitter teacher book club that read and discusses one book each month (thurs at 9 pm too) #tlap is Teach Like a Pirate Monday at 9pm, #satchat is education related Saturdays at 7:30 am (if that's too early, #satchatwc is at 10:30)!

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  4. I just established a Twitter account only weeks ago in order to send my daughters picture in for a birthday announcement on the South Bend Cubs digital jumb tron. I had no idea what I was doing and started fishing around once my account was established. I love the news accounts and have tried to find more educator sites to follow - I will use the list that was given in this current blog to get started there. I am hooked on how easy things can be when we can all have access to each other. I love the instant information - the ease of access and the fact that there are so many people willing to help and work with you. What we have read so far makes complete sense...I get it. I only hope I can get much better at it now that I have started.

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  5. Sorry - my Twitter handle is @LschumacherMy.

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    1. I just followed you on twitter...are you the Mrs. Schumacher from North Judson that did Battle of the Books with my school (Twin Lakes/Roosevelt Middle School) a couple of years ago? We missed competing with you this year!

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  6. I just finished reading the section "Growing P2LN Through Twitter" and like what it had to say. I have had a twitter account for a couple of years or more (@hwright21). I am more of a follower than a tweeter. After reading this section today, and listening to a morning talk show this morning about taking Jon Acuff's "Do Summer 2015" challenge, it's on. ( http://acuff.me/2015/06/are-you-ready-to-do-summer/) Jon stated that skills get sharp slowly and dull quickly. Jon suggested we start with just 15 minutes a day to begin sharpening our skills. So today is the day. In our reading, the authors also suggest that we start slow…maybe just 4 tweets a day. I can do that! I am starting!

    These two moments today, are pushing me to action!. Moment one, the radio talk show and now, two, this section in the book…it's time to take action.

    Wish me luck!

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    1. Thanks for sharing the "Do Summer 2015". I love all that I am learning from this book and from all of you!

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    2. Good luck, Holly! You can do it!

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    3. I like the idea of starting slow. I've been stressing about what to tweet, but I think I could handle checking twitter a few times a day to see what the hot education topics are.

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    4. The "Do Summer 2015" is very interesting. Now, to decide on what to do! Thanks for sharing it. I think it's important to read things like that that are not necessarily just for education.

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    5. Great idea, although four tweets a day is a bit scary, do I really have that much to say? I probably do but made my heart skip at the thought. What kind of things do others plan to tweet?

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  7. I've only been on Twitter a few months. I use it basically strictly for a PLN and personalized PD outlet. There are some fabulous weekly chats that I especially enjoy including #tlap, #satchat (and #satchatwc which is a little easier on my sleep schedule) and #leadupchat. Through these chats I have found some great educators and leaders to follow. So far I have found it valuable. It helps me feel connected outside of my school and community which is great, especially as we face some tough challenges this year transitioning to 1:1. I feel like the PLN I'm creating through Twitter will be a great source of help.
    @thrasherlynette

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    1. Fellow pirate! #tlap changed my life- I'm not where I want to be as a pirate teacher yet, but I'm on the high seas for sure! Now if I can just remember to tune in...this year has been hard on my schedule too.

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    2. I saw Dave Burgess speak at the ICE conference last fall and read his book, he is amazing! I am not there yet but I think reading his tweets helps keep me motivated.

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  8. I am not on twitter mainly because I'm afraid of how much time I would spend on it versus ALL the other things that need to get done. However, I can definitely see some of the benefits. I loved the quote on pg. 4 "We must be present and intentional with our time so we don't miss opportunities to impact others when they most need our support". Love the servant leadership approach the authors spoke about.

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    1. I can see where this would be an issue. Its already an issue for the kids we teach. They aren't looking at professional website and growth BUT..they spend SO MUCH TIME ON THE Internet. After I've been at school, prepared for a lab, graded papers, and have done lesson plans I usually need some down time, some "off" time. Some time doing things for myself and not for my profession. Its hard to make the time to watch or participate in these chats and what not.

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    2. You are correct, Sarah: spending time on any additional source has to be weighed for its benefits. Some of my Twitter time is what I would consider 'in-between' time when I have a few spare moments, waiting for some event, appointment, or other minutes I pick up here and there; however, multi-tasking doesn't always mean that more is accomplished, and I guard against replacing 'people' time with Twitter time. We sometimes only have one chance with the people; the Twitter feed will be there if and when we have time to read it.

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    3. I agree with both of you. I have avoided Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites for fear of what a time warp they can be, I have started to realize that Twitter is not going away and I better jump on board or I am going to be left behind. I just opened a Twitter account today, and will use some extra time I have this summer to test the waters. I will get overwhelmed if I try to follow too many people but I know from NCTM that Dan Meyer does some pretty cool stuff. I think it may be quite a while before I tweet anything myself.

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    4. I feel the same way Sarah. I am so worried about Twitter and social media taking over my life! I like Tammy's concept of 'in-between' time and using Twitter when multi-tasking. However, people and face-to-face interactions will always come before social media.

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    5. I also have those feelings of how to find time, will I have to give up other interests to fit Twitter in, etc. I joined Facebook out of curiosity, and this weekend will join Twitter for the same reason and it was the authors of the book that peaked my interest. There is so much information out there, I know I will have to be selective, adjust, and remember it , too, is a process. I have been a teacher so long that it feels strange to be a student again.

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    6. One of the things about twitter is that it doesn't matter when you use it; even if you are not participating during the actual chat, you can still use the "power of the hashtag". For instance, if you aren't available at 9 pm ET on Thursday night, you can still go back and look at the #INeLearn tweets. Some chats have storifies that have an archive you can read that might be quicker. Also, any time you see something valuable that would be of use to others, put the hashtag on it. For instance, if you are a social studies teacher, you can put #sschat on a tweet even if the chat's not going on then, and others will find it. At any given time, I can search #tlchat because teacher librarians are constantly sharing that way, not just in chats.

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  9. I have had a Twitter account since April of this year. At first I created my account to connect with parents. I wanted parents to know what we were doing in my classroom in real time. I would share activities we were doing, songs we were singing, and other events happening in my school. My principle has encouraged all the teachers in my school to create a Twitter account. Through most of this year, I only followed the other teachers in my school. After attending Apple Mania 2015, I started to realize all the resources that are out there. I am now following people like, Chris Young @CYoungEdTech, Kevin Honeycutt @kevinhoneycutt, @IneLearn, and Dr. James Beeghley @beeghleytech. After reading our first chapter, I am now following the ones listed at the end of this chapter. I’m excited to grow my PLN! My Twitter handle is @MrsWolskiTweets.

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    1. Do you have a lot of parents that follow you? That's a great idea!

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    2. Chris Young @CYoungEdTech is an awesome educator! He is an innovative science teacher. Kyle Kline @MrKline_TL is also a great Indiana teacher to follow. Kyle teachers HS Math.

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    3. Julia, I do have a lot of parents that follow me. Being a music teacher, I wasn't expecting a lot of parents to follow me right away. Many of our teachers have twitter accounts and will repost my posts which helps parents find me. I know some parents use their twitter account to tell parents of upcoming events, daily events, and some use it to add bonus spelling words. It is a great way to stay connected!

      Tricia, thank you for telling me about @MrKline_TL!

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  10. I'm on Twitter with a personal account, @becomingecathy and also knew for my second grade classroom. I began with good intentions and fell away from our classroom account because no one seemed to reply and I wanted my students to connect with others.

    For my personal one, I follow many different types of people and a few educators, but don't seem to be able to handle the chats well. I'd like to get better by sharing my own professional reading learning, and am really looking to connect with other primary teachers.

    I was frustrated with chapter one with Twitter being the main focus. Maybe if it had been Pinterest, I would have connected more. But it does challenge me to get out there and find others to follow and step out of my comfort zone.

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    1. I've had the same issue with setting up my Twitter as a way for parents to see what we are doing in our classroom (I teach 2nd grade too :) I had one parent follow the 2nd semester of this school year and that's it.

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    2. Do you post pictures with your tweets? The pictures are what parents love to see. Of course, parental permission forms are a must. Also, try linking your classroom twitter with a classroom Facebook. Lots of parents do FB and for me, it's easier to post through Twitter, and parents through FB. It works. I'm @BennisBuzz for Twitter https://twitter.com/bennisbuzz and BennisBuzz for Facebook. Great communication tools. D :)

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    3. I do post pictures with the tweets. I don't have a class FB account though. How do you link the two?

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    4. Tracy,
      You go into setting at your Twitter account. There are options to link. Facebook also has options in settings to link FB to Twitter. However, most all my FB posts come from Twitter first. It also brings the photos from Twitter into FB. Check it out! D :)

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    5. Hi Cathy, I just went to follow you as @INeLearn and noticed that your account is set to Private (so your tweets are "protected" and do not show up in chats even when you use a hashtag). That may be playing a big part in your frustration. Michelle (@mrg_3) with the Office of eLearning team :)

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    6. Love the discussion about classroom accounts. I am back in the classroom after being away for 5 years and want to have a class Facebook and Twitter account for communication and connection with families. Can't wait to give it a go this fall!

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  11. As a “new” educator ( I just finished my 2nd year teaching) I am pretty familiar with Twitter both personally and professionally. I use my professional account more than my personal account though. The first chapter of the book had a lot of good pointers that I’ve not considered before. I haven’t really connected with anyone outside of my building. I try to follow names that relate to my content area. As a FACS teacher I follow things like the USDA, Today’s Parents, Kids Health, the Mayo Clinic etc. My next step will be to follow more people in my profession on a global level. Feel free to follow me @Wes-Del_FACS (I know in the book they have said to use your name but that is already used for my personal account.) I guess that would be a good question to ask, as a connected educator how do you separate your private and professional life in a global world??

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    1. Hi Amanda! You can have separate handles and still have your profile include your name so that @Wes-Del_FACS sounds like a person not an organization or business. Your question is one we often discuss in Twitter trainings. There are several considerations and no 1 right answer. It's up to the individual. I stick with one @mrg_3 although I do tweet for work @INeLearn. I know others who are better served with two.

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    2. Amanda: I have 6 twitter accounts, which are really easy to manage on my phone or iPad. My personal one with my name that I use the most is usually professional as well; one for my school library(followed by some students), one for AISLE (there are 3 of us who tweet for that), one for IMLEA (middle level), my personal one that I rarely use (and frequently forget the password), and I manage the twitter account for my school (followed by several parents and a few students). I am finding that there aren't that many students on twitter. They tell me they are all on instagram or some other sites that I don't use. I have a snapchat now mainly to follow my own children.

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  12. I have been using Twitter since January 2015 and regretfully I was one that didn't see the significance of it in education until I was in the two beginning F2F sessions for my CIESC TLC class. I was encouraged to start looking at some education chats by using this calendar link:
    https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/ and the one that I felt most comfortable participating in after lurking was #NT2T (New Teachers to Twitter Saturdays at 9 EST). Now... depending on my schedule I try to actively participate in these chats to expand my PLN: #mnlead, #teacherfriends, #christianeducators, #edtechat, and #satchat. Tweeting at other times besides in the chat is not something that is routine yet, but I'd like to make that one of my goals. I like the actiion steps at the end of the chapter and #4 will help me with this goal.

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  13. I set up my Twitter account two years ago at a technology session presented at my school corporation’s technology summer classes. At that time, I saw no use for Twitter. Last year, I attended our corporation’s Wabash Wise e-Learning conference and also a conference by Matt Miller on Ditching That Textbook. I began to see the use of Twitter as an educational tool. I still do not spend a lot of time on Twitter and I “lurk” more than anything. I follow @spanishunits. There are a few Spanish teachers participating in this book club, so you might want to check this one out! I also follow @TpTdotcom. This is Teachers Pay Teachers…this is also a great site to check out if you never have…I am a big fan of TpT materials. I also follow @ jmattmiller. He offers a lot of great ideas for using technology. I am also a big fan of Pinterest for both personal and educational resources. My Twiiter name is @SandyGutzwiller.

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    1. I love TpT but hadn't thought about following them on Twitter! Thanks, Sandy.

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    2. I also love TpT. I didn't know they had a Twitter account. Great idea!

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    3. I also love TpT! Thanks for the idea to follow them!

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  14. I started a Twitter page in January just to help with fundraising but never really understood why everyone loved it. Since starting this book, I am beginning to see how beneficial it can be. I follow @PaulSolarz and started reading his book "Learn like a PIRATE". I also follow @OoeyGooeyLady who is A-MAZING! Ive been to numerous conferences to see her and she is always entertaining. I look forward to building my PLN and am working hard on completing the Take 5 steps. My Twitter name is @SteffaniMorrow

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    1. Tell me more about the ooey gooey lady.

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    2. Hi, Steffani!
      I'm also doing an online book study of Learn Like a Pirate. Everyone has their own blog to post about each chapter then all the participants have links to each other's blogs. Most of the are big in the TpT world. It's a fun one! Primary Gal started it. Here's the link. http://www.theprimarygal.com/2015/06/learn-like-pirate-what-is-student-led.html. It started this past Thursday. I am #25 on the linked blogs. :)

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    3. Cathy- The Ooey Gooey Lady really focuses on learning through play. She does a lot of silly science experiments, art projects, etc. She's big with letting kids just explore.

      And BennisBuzz, thanks! I'll check that out.

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    4. I just read Learn Like a Pirate- Paul has been in my PLN for a while now. I loved it, but I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around how to apply it as a middle school Social Studies teacher who only gets each group (180 kids total over 6 classes) for 45 minutes a day. Have you come across anyone, BennisBuzz, that is using #LLAP with middlers?

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    5. Kari,
      I was just at his Twitter account #LearnLAP, and there are teachers from all over posting about how they are using it now or planning for next year. I'm sure there are middler teachers there in the discussion. Paul also seems very available to answer your questions @PaulSolarz. Good Luck! D :)

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  15. I started using twitter about a year ago. Honestly, I haven't used it for my work too much. However, after reading chapter 1, I am noticing of the meaningful ways to follow and communicate with other colleagues. I normally use my twitter to simply follow people for a "social" aspect. Now, I will begin to follow and hopefully access new and inventive ways to teach in the classroom. Especially now that we are going 1:1 next year, this is going to be a great tool for cool ideas and to stay connected to other educators. My handle is @kandeeler.

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  16. I've been using a classroom twitter account for 4 years now. I started it with 2nd graders and now have 4th graders. The kids tweet classroom learning, special events, and they share growth on NWEA. We are @BennisBuzz (https://twitter.com/bennisbuzz). A couple of years ago classroom teachers received iPads and the tweeting became serious. A picture speaks so much about joyful, productive learning. The kids and I sent out tweets all the time. Parents follow us and enjoy the communication and updates. Many of our tweets are retweeted or shared on our school web page and on our district page. I also have BennisBuzz Twitter connected to our BennisBuzz Facebook page. Love it! D :)

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    1. Reading this has me curious. I teach 3rd grade and would never have thought of using it with them. (I only used my account years ago for contests and giveaways.) Do you have the main account @BennisBuzz and they have access to it at school to tweet using the one iPad or do you just do the tweets yourself?

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      Found you on twitter and started following you…saw the tweet about starting the year with the video. I just saw that video earlier today on Facebook. Touching!

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  17. I just signed-up for twitter. Twitter name is @nancy_denny. I have am following some sports teams. News stations. 3rd grade sites. I am hoping to learn how Twitter can help me in the classroom. Working on the 4 twits a day thing.

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    1. Trying to find the time to Tweet is difficult for me...hard to keep up!

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    2. I agree with you. Time is so short. Things don't always go the way they should. Some times I have to try and try to do something on drive.google.docs - I have been trying to Twitt daily since I signed up. Not sure if I'm doing it correctly. I don't give up easily. Perseverance is needed for technology. Keep trying maybe it will become 2nd nature.

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  18. I made a Twitter account, but I am not sure this is going to be the method I like best. I like Facebook, have messed with Instagram and enjoy Pinterest. I hope the other chapters are not just about Twitter.
    Did everyone else get a reminder to post email? I did not, and I thought we were to get some kind of a reminder...

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    1. I agree Jenny, I never even attempted Instagram, but Facebook and pinterest are the on's I use most often too.
      And no I did not...

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    2. Lara and Jenny,
      Twitter has not been a go-to for me, either, and I have barely tried Instagram, but I'm going to try again with Twitter. Pinterest has been a real joy and I'm going to have to convince our tech department to unblock it to share some of my favorite grammar and writing pins with students.

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    3. My students are asking me to use Instagram. I have had a FB page for my class for several years but the kids think FB is more for adults. Instagram is one of my to-do's for summer. Also more on Pinterest, but soooo much out there. I need to overcome my fear and just do a little bit each day. Maybe set a timer for an hour or so......

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    4. Twitter didn't make a lot of sense to me until I saw Tweetdeck, which helps organize the information into columns for specific hashtags (conversations) or users. There is a Tweetdeck chrome extension, or you can go to tweetdeck.twitter.com. This way you get more than just your home "newsfeed"

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  19. I recently joined Twitter, had a long time ago but could not figure it out, so I dropped it. But I joined again for a book study "Teach Like a Pirate" I recently completed. I am still not sure what I am doing, therefore am just watching and learning. My handle is @yogiCovey and I am not just an egghead. I love yoga and learning challenges, therefore combined the two when I accomplished the task of a headstand on a paddle-board last summer in the middle of the lake while doing yoga. A great person to follow and interesting in the education world is Matt Miller, @jmattmiller, His book "Ditch that Textbook" is fabulous!!

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  20. I established a Twitter account when my kids started using it regularly -- the goal was to follow them and make sure they were "tweeting" appropriately. However,I never really took the time to learn how to use it correctly and understand what the whole Twitter universe is all about. Lately though, I have been feeling behind the eight ball, Twitter has definitely become the go to information source. I had already made it a personal goal to learn more about Twitter this summer before we even started reading this book -- now these authors definitely have me motivated. How hard can it be right? Stay tuned ...

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  21. I'm feeling a little behind the times here! I have not set up a Twitter account as of yet, nor have I ever really wanted to. I'm really concerned with the amount of time that it takes for it to truly be beneficial. I'm the type that of person that gets annoyed when my friends and family are spending so much time on their devices. I don't want to have to spend the (very) little time that I have on my phone/ device. If anyone has any tips for the time management, I would appreciate it!

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    1. I am not sure there is a answer....there is never enough time to do everything that we want to do, let alone finding time for things that we have little interest in doing! I joined the Twitter feed two years ago but never really paid attention to it. Recently, I have found a few sites that are beneficial. I "lurk" but have not tried much tweeting! Good luck!

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    2. I have a feeling that I'll be a lot like you and be "lurking" a lot and not really tweeting much! I also find it hard sometimes to find things that are relevant to my position as a special ed teacher. But I guess it's worth a shot!

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    3. Jody-
      As you know, we are in the same boat with family, school, and extra curricular events. As Tammy Farlow mentioned in a reply above, I have used it while waiting for something. I tend to scan through Twitter and pick and choose. I also am not huge into finding how many people I can follow. If I "follow" someone or group and have not used it, I have "unfollowed"

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    4. I'm with you Jody. I do not have a Twitter account either and don't really want one. It's just one more thing, I feel. It's hard for me to justify spending "free" time at home on Twitter doing more school stuff instead of spending that time with my own children. I know there are benefits, but I'm managing fine without an account for now.

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    5. I am in agreement with this thread. My school administrator strongly encourages the teachers in my building to use Twitter. I see this as a major benefit for public relations; parents can see what their child is doing in and out of the classroom. However, it requires time on the teachers part. When my students are doing a hands-on activity, it is not in my nature to grab my iPad to take a picture. It interrupts the educational process and tends not to authentic when students "pose". I wonder how many kids these days use Twitter. Most of my middle school students talk about Instagram.

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    6. I am snapping pictures all the time…not posed…action…my problem is taking the time to upload and post. I am sure that the more we do it the better at it we will get. I think this is a GREAT way to bring parents into our classrooms and see all the AMAZING things their kids are doing. I don't know about you…but when you ask kids what they did for the day…you usually get "nothing" or "I don't know"…this way parents can actually see what is happening. Just a thought!

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  22. I have been on Twitter since 2010 (@tomstoner24), however, I would say I have only used it seriously for the last two years. As a school employee, whether it be a teacher, custodian, secretary, administrator, etc I feel like your tweets are a reflection of the school system. I tell my teachers there is no such thing as a personal and a professional account. They are one in the same and should be treated as such. Comments and pictures can come back to haunt you if they are negative in nature. I rely heavily on my twitter account for my PD. People like Matt Miller (@jamattmiller), Amber Teaman (@8amber8), Rik Rowe (@WHSRowe), Brad Currie (@bradmcurrie), Peter DeWitt (@petermdewitt), Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker), Dave Burgess (@burgessdave) and many others are the people I find most useful for me. I have also subscribed to many blogs that I first found a post to on twitter. I could not imagine trying to get better at my job without the presence of twitter and my PLN.

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    1. Good advice- yes, I too think everything we do on social media reflects on our school and professional lives. Really makes you stop and think before you post anything.

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    2. I have a difficult time with this because I like to keep my personal and professional lives somewhat separated. Only my family and friends can access my Facebook page and I use it as a personal platform to share everything from family news to political opinions and spiritual insights. I don't generally tend to share that information with my students. If I create a Twitter page, will it eventually bleed into or connect to my personal Facebook account?

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    3. Cassie: Your twitter and Facebook can remain completely separate, and will never cross unless you specifically do so.

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  23. I do use Twitter because from the words of Kevin Honeycutt "I am smart, but my PLN is brilliant!" It is a great way to share ideas and thoughts with other educators. There is so much to learn and it is so easy to access. I also use a separate account with my classroom so my students can connect with other classrooms/experts and also so they can to share information we are learning with the world. I enjoy following @burgessdave, @kevinhoneycutt, and @jmattmiller, @bbray27, and @justintarte.

    I'm excited to start following so many wonderful educators in our state! My Twitter account can be found here: @ElemInspiration.

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  24. I have to say how chagrined I was when I realized a major push of this book would be about utilizing Twitter: I struggle with Twitter, even though I've had an account since 2010. Originally I set it up @gr8rmetroScipio, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to my tiny tiny hometown. I've also added an account for our journalism students @MCHS_News, but students quit using it within about two weeks of organizing it. I've not figured out why, but was completely frustrated with the experience. Since reading the chapter, I've renamed my handle @MadMrsE for my school, Madison Consolidated HS, and trying to better connect; not because I'm angry, but maybe a little crazy. One of my goals for this coming year is to utilize Twitter to connect with students and parents.
    I follow a few professional sources, but it isn't something I've truly made an integral part of my professional development; I just peek in from time to time. I struggle with the whole concept of getting any depth out of 140 characters. That seems more like a headline to me, but I'm starting again with an open mind.

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    1. I know where Scipio is! When I was younger, my brother played a lot of Little League games in Scipio!! Welcome to the book club. I,too, was not very happy to see that the book was a push for the use of Twitter. I have dabbled a bit but I am just a "lurker" on Twitter. There are a lot of useful sites but I really don't have the time to spend very long lurking. I hope you have a better experience this time. Good luck!

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  25. I actually opened my Twitter account in 2010 not having a clue what I was doing. I wasn't following a lot of educators at the time and didn't really connect with other teachers until 2012 when I took a MOOC with Alex Couros (follow him @courosa) on Digital Literacy. I've been hooked ever since. Because we are a #GAFE district, I follow all things GAFE, Kasey Bell (@ShakeUpLearning) is a great resource in that area and the weekly TwitterChat is an overwhelming joy! Our principal (who I need to get in the book club) wants the staff to connect with each other and the larger world through Twitter, but we're meeting some resistance. People assume they'll be stuff reading about Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian every day, so the education of the masses thing is my current focus. We're slowly beginning to see the benefits of knowing people, sharing with others and learning from each other. Right now, we're just enjoying each other and what's going on in our classrooms; I'm sure things will begin to mature in time. Follow me @csstone1161 or check out our little feed at #gavitmhs or the district feed at #schk12.

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  26. I have never joined Twitter, but I am excited to give it a try! There are so many wonderful media outlets that we can use to discover and share new ideas but it can very overwhelming and difficult not to spend hours at a time just sitting at the computer. I loved the idea of " Follow 5, Find 5, Take 5." It makes the overwhelming task of where to begin a little more manageable. I enjoying sifting through NPR sites, podcasts, TED talks and YouTube to find resources to share with the students. I am looking forward to seeing what Twitter has to offer!

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  27. Wow, I'm really feeling like a dinosaur after reading about everyone's Twitter use! I have never used Twitter--even Facebook is a once-in-a-great-while thing for me. I'm not really into all the devices, although I use them much more since we became an iPad school. I guess I associate Twitter more with social purposes than educational ones. I'm really looking forward to seeing how I can use Twitter to enhance student experience in my classroom. It's just seemed so overwhelming in the past, but now I have some great ideas to start.

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    1. Don't feel bad, I've never used it before either and I don't yet have an account! I do use Facebook though but more for social things. I've also always associated Twitter with nothing but a social purpose, but I am a little intrigued as to how it can work for education. We can learn this together as it seems most everyone else has at least a little experience with it!

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    3. I hear you - I'm in the same dino position. I do Facebook, a Weebly site, a school page, Pinterest, but I just don't know exactly what to say. It feels like a forced activity. I have signed up for the Twitter account. I have posted a few. But I really have to think.

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    4. I've never used Twitter either! You're not alone! :)

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  28. I have had a Twitter account for a while, but have mostly been an "egghead" lurking in the background and taking it all in. (So my first goal will be to work on that egghead profile.) As someone said above, I've never really understood how you can accomplish true PD in 140 characters, but I think I also have to realize that this is our new reality, and the sooner I can adapt, the more success I can have as an educator. I'm going into this with an open mind and committed to getting the most out of this experience. I like that this eliminates barriers of time, money, and distance and allows me to pursue PD that is customized to my needs.

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  29. I have had a Twitter account for several years. My school corporation and high school does a great job utilizing Twitter and technology. However, I confess that I am a Twitter reader/follower and not a contributor. I am not exactly sure WHY I do not utilize Twitter fully. I am comfortable using social media and use it in other forms. I think that I turn to Twitter as an 'after thought'. I do no use it consistently. I use it when I have free time or time to kill. I use it to get updated on school and community issues. (@PlymouthHSpcsc) I do like Indiana eLearning and follow several others that provide valuable professional information and ideas.

    My goal is to try to get more involved and active with Twitter. Perhaps I will begin by trying to check Twitter each day..this kind of goes against my thoughts to limit social media, lol!

    I am still an 'egghead'. I will try to get that issue resolved. My Twitter handle is @qselner. I hope to connect with you all as the journey continues!

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  30. I love Twitter! I got involved in January of 2013 after reading about it in the book Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess, but I didn't get involved for a while with it- the constant flow of tweets and the idea of following people totally overwhelmed me. I also participated in a book study about becoming a connected educator, which got me started on this journey to building my PLN. Yet I still didn't understand what power it had until that following summer, when I went to a Summer of E-Learning conference. Someone there explained Twitter as a waterfall- you step into the flow whenever you want, but no one stays in constantly. As I followed the speaker during the conference, it finally clicked for me and I started to participate more. But then I got involved in Teach Like a Pirate chats on Twitter (#tlap) and the Social Studies specific pirate group chats (#sstlap)- and I was hooked! I tweet professionally almost daily during the school year, and I have participated in many weekly Twitter chat groups (a great way to fill time while waiting in Mom's Taxi while kids are at band or piano lessons), even a couple of tweet-ups (when you get to meet a Twitter friend face-to-face). Twitter changed my life as a professional educator- it gave me resources and ideas from all around the globe. This year, I started tweeting something from my classroom almost daily, and then frequently showed my classes when others commented on it or shared it- Twitter really gave validity to their classroom experiences and showed them that other people benefited from what we did in our little classroom in the cornfield of Miami County. When Dave Burgess (author), Josh from the TV show "Digging for the Truth" (our favorite archaelogist), or Tim and Moby (from Brainpop) would comment or favorite our tweet, it really got them excited. We even had a picture of a class activity that I shared on Twitter "published" this year on the Smeckens website- the kids felt famous!

    I made a decision from the start to use Twitter only for my professional life. (I use Facebook personally.) This has worked out really well for me, giving me a great PLN and making Twitter manageable.

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    1. And feel free to follow me- I don't tweet as much during the summer months, but I'll be going strong when we start #STEM training on July 23! Tweets mainly apply to education issues, Teach Like a Pirate, and Social Studies (especially 6th grade).

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    2. I also use Facebook for my personal life, and have decided to use twitter for my PLN. The frustrating thing is that twitter is blocked at my school, so I can only access it on my personal time, so it is WAY down on my priority list of sites to check at home.

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      I like the idea of using Twitter for professional use only. I plan to do the same, as I use other social media sites for personal use. It seems like it will be easier to manage this way.

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  31. I have had a media center twitter account for a little over a year. We are nmmediac it has helped introduce new materials in the media center. It probably does not get as much use since I can use canvas with our ipad one to one integration that started last year. It's just easy to send things out on canvas about new books and now class work.
    I will still use twitter but in today's world it's important to use as many ways as possible to get info to students
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  32. I need help here....as I am looking at people to "follow" I find a specific group I want to follow, but my only option I see is subscribe. What is the difference between follow and subscribe?

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    1. Subscribing is usually for Twitter lists which group people of similar interests together. You can subscribe to a list that you like, as well as 'follow' the individuals that you see who belong to the list.

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  34. I have had a personal twitter account that I have used to connect with friends/family but never really used it for school purposes. I saw some teachers using it for their classrooms but I just never got around to doing so in my own. I have created a second account to use (@KVarner0719) to get connected and to get rid of that "you're in it on your own" feeling! I recently started following @nbclearn and I have liked the cool things that have been posted there! They seem to have great resources for everyone! I would also like to get involved in weekly chats so if anyone has any pointers on chats, I'd love to hear them! :)

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  35. When I opened my Twitter account that I knew I had, I see that I have been on Twitter since 2013. The only time I really ever used Twitter was during conferences when there was incentives such as door prizes!!
    I would get excited with Twitter for a few days after and then forget about it until the next conference.

    I have used this time to upload a more current picture of me and update my bio as suggested. I do not have any handles that I am going to suggest as I have not really taken the time to figure out what I like. I have added @INelearning and subscribed to IN Teachers of Science. Still trying to figure out the difference between following and subscribing....so if you can help that would be great!!
    My handle is @RMarkstahler

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    1. I have 'followed' you--- lots of places over the past several years--- down the hallway, then to mybigcampus, now on Twitter!

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  36. Getting connected! I am so excited. I have had a Twitter account for a while now, but was a stalker, not a user! I was able to follow a few great educators and then add people they followed. I used this to find out great stuff to steal and share with my staff. I have put Twitter on the back burner for a while, but loved it when I was checking it. This chapter has inspired me to get back on track and see what I can do with it!. I look forward to more challenges. @educationaljill

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  37. I started using twitter last summer after taking a modeling chemistry workshop to follow educators who use modeling in their classrooms. I haven't used it for much beyond that function. I hope to become more proficient this summer and explore other ways to use this technology productively. During the school year I struggle to find time for these things as I pour every free minute into my classroom and students. I need to think how to find more of the time needed for connecting with other educators. I always find it uplifting to do so, but just can't pull my attention away from the students enough to invest that time. Something to work on.

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    1. Lynette -- Where do you teach Chemistry. I am a Bio teacher, but sure we can throw ideas around. My email is markstahlerr@msdwc.k12.in.us
      My twitter handle is @RMarkstahler

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  38. I set-up a twitter account this past spring but did not have time to learn how to use it. I am comfortable with technology but have never really found sites such as Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest very interesting. I think I just find the information overloads me. I have resurrected my Twitter account and plan to start with some basic tutorials and give this website a chance. I think the summer is the perfect time to try things out as the school year is just too busy. I am excited to see what Twitter has to offer!

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    1. I agree. I find myself either overwhelmed and consumed or ignoring my twitter account. This summer I plan to narrow who I follow and add a couple above in the hope that I will be able to use this resource during the school year.

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    2. You should try creating lists on Twitter! This helps me organize the information better :)

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    3. Thank you! My Twitter handle @41leigh

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    1. I saw your reply earlier to Jennifer Collicott. I haven't yet set up my Twitter account but am going to be. Can you briefly explain the "lists" that you mentioned? Is this a good way to keep personal and professional items separate?

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    2. Hi Jody. This article does a good job explaining lists http://mashable.com/2009/11/02/twitter-lists-guide/ That and more are in this LiveBinder that I share in trainings http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=93250 I hope these are helpful!

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  40. I have been on Twitter since attending ICE last fall. (Which I loved!) I didn't have much time to really get in to it very much at that time. During the spring semester I had more time and tried to follow more people and really focus my twitter account on professional resources. The most beneficial aspect of Twitter for me personally is just connecting with other passionate and motivated teachers. I always dread the last day of school and I read a post by someone on Twitter that articulated exactly the way I felt. It is an amazing tool!

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  41. Opps! Forgot to post my Twitter handle @jmyersteacher

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  42. I've been on twitter for a while, but rarely used it. I joined twitter when I was entering a lot of online giveaways, and I could earn extra entries for following the company sponsoring the sweepstakes. I never really used it for personal sharing or professional growth. However, since reading chapter 1, I have eliminated most of the accounts I followed so that I could concentrate on following educational accounts, making it more of a professional tool. My Twitter handle is @earleylibrarian

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    1. That is the reason that I joined Twitter too. Hopefully, with the help of this book, we'll be able to use it more as a professional tool to get ideas and advice from.

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  43. I opened a Twitter account but am not too sure how to use it. I still have several days left of school and work to be done to get too involved. I have a lot of questions and am not sure about the idea. Anxious to get involved but apprehensive. Looking for good suggestions which I am seeing in the comments. Plan to use it this summer

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    1. I am with you. I really don't know how to use it very well. I opened it at an E-conference and never was briefly given an overview. I wish now they taught us more on its uses and ways to incorporate it into out classes.

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    2. Janice, I too have just started. You can't be too wordy. Short post. I had two lines. About four sentences and the tweet disappeared. I'm done with school, but I'm working summer school at a different building. But I joined this book club. I suggest you choose some people from the book club blog and follow them. Share what happened or something you learned today.

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    3. Janice, just start from point one that they mention in the chapter. Just start easy by setting up your profile and following others and "lurking" (where you just read their tweets and don't tweet anything yourself) until you get comfortable with the platform. And I agree, on Twitter you cannot be too wordy-short & sweet and to the point is key! The videos on the "Find 5" part of the chapter can also be of help! Good luck!

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  44. For those of you who use twitter to communicate with students and parents, I'm curious how well that is received, how useful it is, etc. At my school, that's not really an option because twitter is blocked, but maybe with success stories from other schools, we could change that!

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    1. Megan, there are several Indiana districts that are using Twitter from the superintendent down to the students in powerful ways. Some great examples (hashtags) to check out are #wearewayne #millershift and #WCSmission.

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  45. I have used Twitter for professional purposes for a couple of years now. I first heard about how valuable it could be when I saw Todd Whitaker at a conference. I read some favorite regular groups and individuals when I have odd moments available; I rarely spend more than 30 minutes at a time browsing the new material. I am more of a lurker or re-tweeter, but that reading has given me some good material to pass along to others in my school. Twitter has been good during conferences so I can keep up with exciting events in real time. My handle is @sciteacherjane.

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  46. I am new to Twitter even though I opened an account after an E conference. Time to explore it has always been a factor but this book has convinced me of the value it has for education. I have already learned so much from the comments to the first chapter. It does seem a little overwhelming but I am excited to see where it leads me!
    @barblaz

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    1. Barb, you will love it! I keep my iPad handy for pictures with tweets at any time I see productive workers or classroom fun. Check out our tweets @BennisBuzz. It's also a great way to review the year as I have pics and tweets from the whole school year. Nice way to journal in a brief way. D :)

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  47. I am ready to stretch myself with twitter. Like other comments I have read, I have been more of a follower on twitter rather than a tweeter, but I am willing to take on the challenge. I have a few twitter accounts that I love, one being MiddleWeb and Kelly Gallagher@KellyGToGo. I can start to envision a classroom of connected students and educators sharing ideas and resources. For students, there does not seem to be that fear of failing with technology, as there does with adults. From chapter 1: "...do not let fear drive your timeline, rather embrace your vulnerability." One of my goals through this book study is to let go of the fear of the unknown and build my confidence by taking a more active role in sharing and growing personally and professionally. I can't expect my students to take risks if I am unwilling to do so as well. I definitely can see the benefits of sharing ideas and resources with professionals around the world. So, I am jumping in! My twitter handle is @jacquifollett.

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    1. I also enjoy a challenge and am ready to stretch myself! Honestly I think it's the lack of confidence that has kept me from attempting these sorts of connections. I agree that vulnerability is key!

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  48. I've had a Twitter for years as a personal account and another way to interact with friends and different communities that I'm a part of. But oftentimes, I've found it overwhelming. I've set up a professional twitter two years ago, @MrsTiscareno and have used it to interact with students. While the interaction was nice while I was teaching high school, I've found that my middle school clientele are less inclined to interact with me in a social media setting.

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  49. I have had a Twitter account for over three years and do not use it. When I tried going on it today I had to reset the password because I couldn't remember it. I use Facebook to keep up with my friends and professional colleagues. It was difficult to keep up with everyone and I don't have the time to do all the different types of networking. So Twitter fell to the wayside because it didn't work for me. I teach elementary PE classes right now and I don't see my students using Twitter for my class. They don't use my Facebook page so I don't see them using Twitter. Everything and body deserve a second chance so Twitter here is your second chance.

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  50. Hi! I signed up for a twitter account. I have never had one before. I use E-mail and Facebook to keep in touch with friends and teaching partners. I signed up to follow one Math teacher and 2 Science teachers. I did not see many teachers from the primary grades to follow teaching those subjects. It will be fun to see what ideas they have that I can use in my classroom. My twitter handle is: nativitychris@twitter.com

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    1. I signed up too, Chris! @teach_minton if you want to follow me. :)

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    2. I finally just signed up too! @JodyStakeman

      We'll see how this goes!

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  51. My Twitter handle is @triciajoneshall. As for suggestions on who to follow, lately I have been enjoying Dr. Justin Tarte’s tweets (@justintarte). I find myself retweeting him a lot. However, I have never met him. Also, I am fortunate enough to have connected with a group of Indiana educators over the past year. We dubbed ourselves #edtechheroes, so you might look that up as well.

    I originally created a twitter account after some of my students encouraged me to do so. However, I saw it as an opportunity to connect professionally while completing my administration internship at Indiana State University. Ironically, Dr. Todd Whitaker was one of the supervisors.

    I continuously develop my network via Twitter. I will admit I have already gained a lot of inspiration and motivation from the individuals I follow. I have officially participated in one twitter chat. I realize we will be talking about those later, but it was an awesome experience. I learned so much from it, and I was able to share the information I learned with my peers.

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  52. I've never had a twitter account, but this chapter inspired me! This morning I set up my account, and found my first five to follow. I'm excited about connecting with professionals who share things in common with me! I've been a kindergarten blogger for a few years,and the connections that I've made and the things that I've learned through peeking into those kindergarten classrooms has changed the teacher that I am for the better. I hope that the twitter experience can keep me learning and growing in my profession!

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  53. Currently I do not have a Twitter or Facebook account. I decided not to years ago for various reasons, one being that it can take up a lot of time! After reading this chapter, I am on the fence as to whether or not I want to sign up for a Twitter account. Being a preschool teacher I do question whether or not there are many other preschool educators out there using Twitter for professional reasons. Is there anyone in this group that does?
    The quote that has me considering joining Twitter can be found on page 8 of the book. "Your presence on the 'Twitterverse' gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, which leads to more opportunities to teach others what you have learned and allow you to make an even greater impact on others than you ever thought possible." While I do not consider myself someone of high impact, the thought of being able to connect further with other educators...and glean from their knowledge as well as contribute what I can, is very appealing.

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      If you type in "preschool" in the search, you will find many, many valuable resources that you probably didn't even know existed. I have done this with various topics, and the wealth of ideas and groups of teachers and educators who have helpful links and so on is just amazing. You can try it without creating an account, I think, too.

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  54. I am not on Twitter but after reading about all the benefits and being a part of this blog and seeing how others benefit from it, I will be joining. I guess what held me back the most is that I was looking at it as a personal tool and I am not one to tell people what I have going on in my personal life. Also, I find all of the hash tags in the corner of my TV screen a little annoying. However, now that I am looking at it as helping me grow as a professional, I am eager to join. My only concern is that I won't be able to keep up with it as much as it is suggested. I am not always on the computer in the summer so I not sure about 4 Tweets a day. Furthermore, after reading the past chapter I realize how lucky I am to be in the school I am in. Our teachers work together and collaborate very well. I have never felt lonely in my profession as I am always working together with my colleagues. Moreover, one of the quotes I really like in the beginning of the book was "Whether looking at principals, teachers, or connected educators, these differences lie not in what they know, but what they do." So know that I have knowledge about the benefits of being on Twitter, it is time that I get on it!!!

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  55. I have had a Twitter account for some time now. I think the first time I used it was at a language conference and we could share immediately ideas we were getting from the various sessions. The conference administrators also used it to update participants with any schedule changes. That's about it. I connect with my international friends through FB and have not delved into the PLN aspect of Twitter. I participate (or lurk) in a language chat that occurs weekly. After reading this week's section, I think I will try the five tasks to jumpstart Twitter activity. My issue with all these different forms of technology: SM, apps, sites, Google this and that, etc...it seems overwhelming to just find time to sift through all the possibilities and decide which one(s) will work best for me. I think I still may be an "Egghead." I realized after reading the chapter how integral the profile section is in order to make connections, find people to follow and have people follow you. We'll see how my Twitter activity progresses this week with the five tasks I took away from the chapter. I would be interested in possibly using Twitter within a class to encourage language in the target language. We have used Edmodo before; perhaps the students would enjoy Twitter more. Comments from my 17 year old daughter: Facebook is for old people; teens will use Twitter but Snapchat more. I appreciate the challenges and resources that the authors give us at the end of the chapter. Looking forward to next week...

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    1. I'm like Gail above with not using the Twitter much--I have to go in and reset access passwords-constantly. Can't even remember my "handle" at this time...TMI...:) Will share once I get up and running again.

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  56. I created a Twitter account a few years ago; however, I really haven't utilized this social media resource until recently. I very much related to the teachers in the first chapter, as well as teachers who have posted comments, that found Twitter overwhelming, and I felt "stupid" because I really didn't understand the "awesomeness" of Twitter. In other words, I struggled with whom to follow, how to filter or organize the number of tweets coming in, etc. I also didn't know what to tweet that would be considered worthwhile, and I have struggled with the use of the # - I'm not sure why I have struggled with these elements, but for some reason, there has been a disconnect for me. I should have reached out to more of my colleagues to help explain to me how to utilize Twitter as a PLN, but, again, I didn't want to be perceived as an out of date educator with regards to the new trends in social media. Before this current school year ended, I set a personal goal of becoming more comfortable with Twitter and really utilizing it for my own professional development, especially since I am teaching and collaborating with three other educators in a new personalized learning program at my high school. Since I have started reading the book, the first Key Connector has helped improve my profile, reorganized and better formatted my TweetDeck, and increased the number of valuable Twitter feeds to follow. The links, advice, and assignment ("Follow 5, Find 5, Take 5") at the end of the first chaper have been extremely helpful and valuable as far as completing my personal goal this summer. I still struggle with feeling overwhelmed at times, but I am looking forward to reading future chapters and growing in this particular area as a teacher. My Twitter handler is @aynadamnz, and one of my favorite accounts to follow is @educationweek.

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  57. You all have really inspired me to pick up the book and begin reading! I can tell that a number of you are reluctant about Twitter (and those who claim to be Pinterest fans--I want to connect with you for Pinnovation!). I want to extend a personal invitation to the #INeLearn chat that will take place Thursday, July 2nd at 9pm EST (sometimes I grab a nap beforehand!). Our topic will be Freedom! What do you want the freedom to do for the sake of learning? The INeLearn blog has tips for beginners and I'll be there to help out http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/p/participating-in-chat.html

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  58. I have had Twitter for a couple of years, but use it sporadically. I am enjoying learning more about it and appreciate the input from this group. I am @counsjenn. Most students use Twitter more than Facebook, so I I have my two accounts linked.

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  59. I have a Twitter account but have not used it for a few years. I only used it to enter some contests and for some giveaways. My Twitter handle is @18fanCarrie. I'm going to get back on and work on changing it as the chapter suggested. It will be interesting when we return to school to see what their thoughts are on Twitter. I know our school has a Facebook account, but I don't think we have a Twitter account.

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  60. I've had a Twitter account for years, but haven't really used it. We have a new superintendent starting in July who is very technology forward and encourages social media. After reading the chapter, I am going to go back and make some changes and start using it a lot more. It will be a great way to stay connected.

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    1. Twitter is a great way to stay connected! I am still new to Twitter, but have found many good things about it! I have found the "Take 5" at the end of the chapter on the 4 tweets a day idea. I am not able to do it 4 times a day, but when I do, I always make sure to follow one of the "Take" ideas! Good luck on getting started, Angelita!

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  61. I've had a Twitter account for years, but like others I haven't really used it. My Twitter handle is @lindsayb114. My school really doesn't say much about social media, but some teachers have facebook pages set up. Twitter is worth a try!

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    1. I think we, as educators, need to be careful about any social media sight. The written word can be taken the wrong way. From what I understand, having both a personal and professional account is the probably the safest way to avoid misunderstandings.

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  62. I set up a Twitter account a few years ago at a professional development conference, and then didn't use it after that day's training. As other teachers have said, I didn't really feel a need for it. At a friend's suggestion, I gave it a second try, but then dropped it again. Since these tries, I have become aware of Twitter again as a result of having a daughter who will be a senior in high school. She doesn't use Twitter a lot, but boy, some of her friends do! I have learned it is important for teens to have a protected account. Some do not, and I have lurked on Twitter to see what some of my daughter's friends say on Twitter, and it is an education in itself! This will be my third try with Twitter, and I'll give it an honest shot this time. I see more of a reason to know about it now, so I am sure that will help. I do want to be careful not to let it eat too much of my already overcommitted time.

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    1. This blog will be known as Twitter 3.0 for lots of us! Glad you are back as you are the one who pushed many of us Southwood teachers to join the book-blog several books ago.

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    2. My Twitter handle is @sparlingm. I follow about fifteen friends and famous people right now, but I will be adding some educational leaders and sites this week.

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    3. This is my first time trying Twitter and I'm hoping to gain from using it. I'm with you though on limiting my time on social media. I see others on their phones constantly and even when they are around others, they are still tuned out. I like that the book did talk about how social media should not replace the need for face to face interactions.

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  63. I set up my twitter account a few years ago with the goal of using it to connect and document our learning in order for parents to be more involved. In fact, I set up two accounts, one for my personal use and one for my classroom. With my personal account I connected to some educators, but did not thoroughly understand the amount of learning that I could achieve by just being connected to other educators. My handle is @jaimebrunson1. One of the first educators that I followed was Kristin Ziemke.

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  64. I haven't used social media much as I was afraid I would spend too much time on it. As the demands on educators becomes more I need more help and resources. It sound like twitter might be the way to go, at least I will try it. I can't say at my school I feel isolated as my math department works very well together. I have taught for 27 years and we have 2 teachers that will begin their fourth year and they have taught me so much. I must admit they have tried very hard to make me use more and more technology and it has worked. They will be so surprised when they find out I made a twitter account. So in the next day or so I will make my twitter account!

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  65. I am on twitter. My handle is @KevinDaleCross. I love using twitter because people are limited to what they can say. Facebook tends to overwhelm me...I don't like ready long posts. Most of my Facebook posts are twitter-sized. I like following businesses, organizations, and movements that interest me. My favorite handle to follow is @Interior. This is the twitter handle of the US Department of the Interior. They tweet updates regarding national parks and public lands. Plus, they tweet the MOST BEAUTIFUL pictures of our nation's natural resources. For school, I sometimes use Twitter as a way to engage students after school. We offer "monopoly money" to our students when they do good things as part of our Positive Behavior Support program. I will sometimes tweet something like, "Gold Pride Buck for the first person to responds with the correct answer to...". Kids love it. I post sometime in the evening, and reward the student the next day. I also created a twitter handle for our FFA chapter: @SullivanINFFA. This is a great way to send out reminders, announcements, and highlight students who participate in FFA activities.

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    1. Your comments are intriguing. Your tweets to students might be something I could try as well for art info. I have students for 9 weeks and it could get them more involved, even after class is officially over, which is why I started my FB page: Angola Middle School Art. I haven't heard students talk much about Twitter, they have talked about Instagram quite a bit.

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    2. The students love the FFA handle. It gives them a sense of being included and up-to-date. Such a neat idea.

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  66. Hello! I do not currently have a Twitter account, like several of you, mostly because I am already over stimulated in my life and at work. I hate being plugged into my phone all the time and I prefer face-to-face interactions with individuals over texting conversations. HOWEVER, my brother-in-law, Mike, who also happens to be my mentor in Education and life, SWEARS by Twitter as a professional development tool as a teacher and an administer. We often have late night educational discussions when we get together (we always stay up too late and get ourselves into trouble) and he is always sharing ideas and resources that he’s found using his professional Twitter account.

    With that said, I am totally ready to give this a go! And I am looking forward to what will hopefully be an energizing and stimulating experience! I’ve done some work with teacher burnout and I loved that the first chapter addressed it, if even in passing. I think that staying excited about education as well as changing with the times is an important process when avoiding or dealing with teacher burnout.

    You can follow me and Mike if you’d like! Although give me some time to get used this process please… I’m a novice! Also, I am getting MARRIED in three weeks and decided to change my Twitter name in advance; sorry for the confusion!

    @CassieBever and @mjbrindisePE

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  67. I must confess, I don't know much about Twitter, so I am LOVING all this new information. At the beginning of the school year, I set up a Twitter account in my husband's name simply so we could keep up with our son's 5th grade classroom. His teacher was awesome with technology and used Twitter to show what was going on in their classroom throughout the year. We also used Twitter to receive immediate scores for our school corporation's sporting teams. Following these two accounts has been the extent of my twitter use.

    I am excited to learn so much about Twitter. I didn't realize it could actually be used as a professional development tool. I opened a new account yesterday, and for some reason, I can't figure out how to get rid of my "egghead". I didn't have any issues not being an "egghead" with the account I opened at the beginning of the school year, but for some reason this account looks different than the other one. Hopefully, I will figure this out soon. I will be starting by following many of the individuals listed in chapter 1. I am afraid of becoming overwhelmed so I will be taking baby steps in this new adventure! @LargeTerri

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  68. I just recently set up a Twitter account. I must admit I was a little overwhelmed and not really sure where to start. I have started following several of those suggested in the above posts and am excited to see what things I can learn from my PLN. My twitter name is @jandjfaulk11.

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  69. I do not know much about Twitter. Last year my principal wanted the teachers in the building to utilize this social media to illustrate what we were doing in the classroom. I saw this as unnecessary PR, a big waste of time, and irrelevant because most middle school aged students do not use Twitter.

    However, after attending a tech-ed conference I have a slightly more positive view. Through the illustrations and explanations of the presenters, I see how Twitter can help me with professional development. They even showed a website that reviews common terms, etiquette and tips for using Twitter. I look forward to learning more about this but do not see myself using it for anything but professional development. @CMS_Evans

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  70. Like many of you, I set up a twitter account at a conference, and then pretty much forgot about it. A turning point for me was attending NECC/ISTE. I learned so much more about the conference because of twitter. Better yet, the connections I make at conferences now "last" longer because I remain connected. Sometimes I would go days without getting on twitter, but that rarely happens now. It's funny that even though we can enjoy virtual connections with people, there's still a lot to be said for F2F.

    One of my first recommendations for people getting on twitter: figure out some way to save the great resources you're going to come across! Personally, I use diigo and bookmark quite a bit so that I can move on and go back and find things later.

    Instant news: sometimes you can find out about traffic delays, weather delays, and even school closings first on twitter (if your district's using it) Last summer when my husband and I sat through a rain delay for the Beach Boys at Conner Prairie, it was the symphony's twitter acct that kept us updated.

    My twitter handle is @shighley

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    1. Susie, thanks for the great advice! I usually bookmark the websites but I am now going to check out diigo! And I agree, Twitter does help stay connected because it doesn't pick and choose who you see tweets from (like I feel FB does), you get updates from everyone you follow! Also, what is F2F? Thank you!

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    2. Face to Face. I actually have a great story connected to that. The main time I check twitter is in the morning before I get ready to go to school (my own kids are grown). I kept noticing the hashtag #BFC530 I eventually figured out that it was a daily chat at 5:30 am. Yesterday, I met one of my #BFC530 friends for the very first time when she came to edCampIndy! She came from Kentucky and was the first one there! I had "known" her since November through twitter and voxer, but met her in person for the first time yesterday.

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  71. I have been on and off Twitter for the last few years. I had one during college to follow sports, school happenings, etc, I closed them last year knowing I wanted to eventually start over. Then a couple months ago, I opened a personal Twitter account where I follow sports, TV shows, news, authors and friends. I never really started getting into tweeting my own ideas (I was mainly a “lurker”-just taking time to read through tweets) until I participated in the Apple Mania PD conference at the school I teach at and took a session on Twitter and social media. Now I have a personal and professional Twitter account. I am on Twitter almost daily and working on the Take 5 section of the chapter to help me connect with other educators to grow my P2LN.

    This school year I plan on using my professional Twitter (@MsRiggleTweets) to connect with parents, the community, teachers, (inside and outside of my district), and other leaders in the education community about what is going on in my classroom. I am looking forward to growing my P2LN through Twitter and other forms of social media. Twitter is an excellent way to connect and help me become a better teacher for my students!

    On Twitter, I am following many educators and professional education sites that are inspiring and taking new ideas to the next level in education and educational technology. A couple of my favorite handles that I follow are:

    @kevinhoneycutt: Educational Technologist who came to our school’s Technology PD who has great ideas on how to implement technology into the classroom.

    @edutopia: “inspiration and information for what works in education.” Great follow for ideas for the classroom and new ideas in education.

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  72. I have had Twitter for a couple years, but never really used it to its potential. My Twitter handle is @laurabcross. I only have a few followers now, but after reading the chapter, I can see how using Twitter could be very beneficial. I am currently working to expand my network on Twitter. I like how the book gave us recommendations on who to follow in the "education world."

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    1. We sound a lot of like. I too have had Twitter for a couple of years but never realized its usefulness til now. I have followed what the book suggested in chapter 1 & I started fish with a more professional looking account, When I first signed up with Twitter it was to follow my friends, now I realize what a great tool it can be with my career.

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  73. I also follow my favorite professional authors on Twitter. @DFISHERSDSU, @NancyFrey, @KyleneBeers, @PaulSolarz, @2writingteachrs, @KellyGToGo, and as you add your favorites you will other names pop up that you would like to follow. D :) @BennisBuzz

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    1. This is something I learned at the Wise conference Thursday. I would've never thought to follow my favorite authors. I am glad to see someone else finds it useful also.

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  74. My twitter handle is @echs86. I originally got a twitter account to keep up with sports news specifically the Cincinnati Reds, my favorite major league baseball team and the writers from the Cincinnati area media that covers the team. It has grown over time to topics such as personal and professional development such as job search topics as personal finance,resume and cover letter writing, as well as information related to educational administration during the time I was working through my administrative classes. It has also been helpful as a communication tool for my role as JV Softball coach at Triton. Our team has an account and we use it to communicate news, team results, and schedule changes which occur frequently in the spring due to the weather.

    I have now started to follow people that are in various parts of education in order to connect with and learn from their experiences. I found myself very much relating to what the authors said about, "Why would anyone care about what I have to say?" This was very much my opinion at first. However as I have started to follow groups connected to various parts of the education world such as ASCD, Leading with Giants, Chalkbeat I have become more comfortable exchanging ideas and commenting on different posts that others have made.

    I think I have just scratched the surface to its usefulness and I looking to learn what other ways in can be helpful in my role as an educator.

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    1. P-Dub, glad there are other Reds fans in this group! I do follow ASCD, but will have to check in on Leading With Giants and Chalkbeat.

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  75. I have always heard others talk about twitter and everything is # this or # that. I have to admit I have been a bit envious of those who knew how to use twitter. Well I signed up, @DebBishop9. I continue to be mostly clueless in how to find many of the chats and groups that everyone is talking about following, but I am not going to give up and will continue to forge on! lol! I take my own PD very seriously and am excited to see the opportunities this will afford me.

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    2. Thanks for all the suggestions in everyone's comments!

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  76. I've had a Twitter account for some time, but rarely even looked at it. I follow several people involved in educational leadership and educational technology, as well as my favorite sports teams (Go Colts! Go Reds!) and a few other "diversions" from my professional life! I've been intrigued by our reading so far, in terms of using Twitter for PD in both a "give and take" relationship.
    I am not even vaguely proficient at tweeting and understanding how to participate in chats, but I've watched a few of the video clips that were mentioned in our reading and I look forward to learning and sharing using these new formats. My Twitter handle is @Kathy29teach.

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  77. I have had my Twitter account for about two years. I mostly just see what others are talking about, then participating in the conversations. I plan using Twitter in my classroom next year to communicate with parents and students. A couple of my favorites to read that I follow is @TeachThought and @middleweb. My Twitter handle is @brantmoore

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  78. I now have a Twitter account. I have to tell you that I was pretty turned off by Twitter for the longest time because I was thinking about the negatives instead of the positives. Now I can see how connecting with other educators and sharing experiences is a good thing. I read several profiles and a few of their tweets and now I'm following three other preschool teachers. I have decided to start with a few and then hopefully meet others through chats.

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  79. I have had a Twitter account for a couple of years, but never got the hang of it. I am an David Facebooker & of course Twitter meant change..lol. I created a new profile after reading chapter 1 & attending the wise conference on Thursday. I plan on using it as an educational resource and to help me stay connected outside of the classroom. @JamieAWenzler

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  80. I currently have a personal twitter account. I signed up a few years ago when everyone said Twitter was the social media to have, however I never really go into it. I posted a few random ramblings here and there but nothing significant. After reading the first chapter of our book I've decided that I should make a new professional twitter account and start fresh. I am not quite sure how to even use Twitter but after watching the video clips mentioned I think that I should be able to get the hang of it. I use Facebook a lot and follow a lot of Facebook pages but I think that by expanding to Twitter I will be able to make even more connections on a Professional level and even find some new tools and resources to use in my classroom. Feel free to follow me! @AJAnder510

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  81. I have a personal account, a school account, and a business account, but I get so busy and in the moment, I forget to post. I'm the same with taking pictures! I wish I would just remember to post, but then having a longer battery life in buildings far from cell towers is a minor issue as well...

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  82. I always intend on using but then don't currently enjoying #LearnLAP.
    @leifschon

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  83. I use my twitter account (@caseynidlinger) mainly for professional development, as well as a way to spread information about what is happening in my classroom. Twitter has become my number one go to place for inspiration and new ideas. This year I am planning on creating a class account for each of my classes so that they may tweet other science classes as well as document what their class is learning and doing.

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  84. Okay, I have signed up for twitter now. I had not in the past as twitter has to my perception helped degrade our culture to a collection of uninformed, headline readers who rarely look past 140 characters, thus allowing corporations to take over control of nearly every governable facet of life in America. I do firmly believe that we as a country are less and less able to think critically and understand not only the logic behind our own and other individual's choices but, also larger trends in our society. I could rant on and on about my disgust in corporations utilizing the media to fuel factions within leadership and life that may not even matter beyond their ability to distract us from the hands controlling the marionettes of our leadership.
    That being said, I do also believe that it can be a tool helping my classroom to become a place where the aforementioned critical thinking is nourished; as opposed to that class where that old curmudgeon rants on and on about how society this... and degenerate that...
    So I will try to embrace my fear of the twitter and use it to build and improve the thoughtfulness of myself, my students, my family, and anyone interested in seeing my tweets when I can come up with 140 thoughtful and well crafted characters.
    justsculptin1 is my handle and I have signed up to follow a fairly small number of members that were recommended. At this point I have not developed any true perception of what any of these individuals are about.

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