The irony is that at the same time my district has banned Facebook and has a team working on a social media policy, our administrators are learning how to use Twitter for both Branding and Buzz and their own professional development.
(Well, maybe it isn’t irony. I think maybe it is exactly the Yin and Yang of social media that has schools confused about what to do with it. On one hand social media seems to lead to distraction and bullying. On the other hand, it is a powerful marketing tool and tool for building a professional learning community.)
Auburn’s administrative team will soon get a brief Introduction to Twitter inservice. These are the resources I will be sharing with them.
What other resources would you share? (please add your suggestions in the comments)
Getting Started with Twitter:
- Twitter in Plain English – video
- How to Post to Twitter
- Introduction to Twitter page with lots of great resources
Leveraging Twitter as Your Professional Learning Community:
- Edutopia: Twittering, not Frittering: Professional Development in 140 Characters
- Twitter Search in Plain English – video
- Tip: Who do the people you follow follow? (especially the folks that you really like for the information they share) Look at what they tweet. If you like what they tweet, follow them, too.
- Finding People on Twitter
- Find People to Follow Using Twellow
- Find Educators to Follow Using Twitter4Teachers
Leveraging Twitter for Building Branding and Buzz Around Your School:
- Social Media Examiner – the blog about using social media for marketing
- Twitter specific Social Media Examiner posts
Leveraging Twitter for Teaching and Learning