Posts Tagged ‘twitter’
Although LinkedIn gets a lot of love as a professional social media site, Twitter is a force that can’t be ignored by up-and-coming young professionals. It’s a great place to get connected and informed, and an especially good resource for growing professionally. But how exactly can you use Twitter for professional development? Check out our list to find different ways.
Hashtag is a great way for users to get a tweet to appear in search results and discussion threads. An example of a hashtag is #edtech that is used by thousands of educators all around the world. People following this hashtag find it easy to monitor what people are talking about in this category and can also participate in the conversation as well.
Twitter is a powerful communications tool, but figuring out the best way to use it can be somewhat of a mystery. Twitter mastery can be especially daunting for nonprofits and other cause-based organizations, whose staffs have heard that Twitter can be a tool for changing the world. If that’s true, then how does one go about doing so?
This guidebook, Twitter For Good, by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, the manager of social innovation and philanthropy at Twitter, seeks to provide answers. By and large it hits the mark. The book cites many case studies of successful Twitter campaigns and explains why those campaigns were successful. The book also explains the kinds of mistakes nonprofits make on Twitter, helping readers steer clear of those mistakes.
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can categorize or follow topics with hashtags.Those hashtags (usually) mean something and are a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or discussion monitoring.
For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. It makes it easy (sort of) for people to monitor what’s happening in the conversation rather than having to try and guess what topics you should search for. By having a conversation on Twitter using hashtags, you also make it easy for any other Twitter user to join in.
Just like Augustine marveled, in the year 400, at the sight of Ambrose reading in silence, many members of academia marvel (or react with rejection) at the rapid changes in the production and dissemination of scholarly work and interaction between academics and those “outside” academic institutions. Thousands of scholars and higher education institutions are participating in social media (such as Twitter), as an important aspect of their research and teaching work.
There is still considerable resistance to embracing social media tools for educational purposes, but if you are reading this article you are probably willing to consider their positive effects. New technologies have slow adoption cycles, and often the learning curve is steep. Those already using these tools within academic contexts should not be considered a priori as “the converted”; perception and usage of social media varies wildly, and due to the inherently fluid and malleable nature of the platforms themselves we are still in the process of assessing all their possibilities.
Si soleis acudir a eventos os habréis dado cuenta de que mientras el ponente hace su presentación, los oyentes suelen tener la cabeza agachada, mirando una pantalla, ya sea de un portátil o un dispositivo móvil y sus dedos tecleando tan rápido como pueden mensajes en Twitter. Retransmitir y opinar sobre lo que escuchamos se está convirtiendo en una rutina de la que sólo unos pocos escapan.
Si somos oyentes en el evento, no hay problema, podemos dedicar la mitad de nuestras neuronas para Twittear mientras escuchamos, pero ¿Qué pasa si somos el emisor? En principio, parece imposible Twittear y hablar a nuestra audiencia a la vez, pero quizás exista algún truco que nos permita tener en cuenta el backchannel que se genera en la sala. Free PowerPoint Twitter Tools convertirá nuestras presentaciones en auténtica magia permitiendonos, en tiempo real, interactuar en la red social.
There is a community of networking and collaboration among educators from the U.S. and all over the world that I have missed out on. I jumped right into developing my PLN (Personal Learning Network). If you have been on Twitter for a while and/or have been part of a PLN then this all may sound silly to you. I know many teachers who do not know about the great benefits to using Twitter for professional purposes. I am particularly writing this post for all of my teacher friends and other teachers out there who don’t know what they are missing out on, like I had been. Educators normally have a negative opinion about social networking due to privacy concerns. I am not advocating using social networking or Twitter for personal and non-professional contact with students. I believe that there needs to be a professional line between student and teacher.