3 years, 9 months, 4 weeks, 2 days, 5 hours, 45 minutes, 4 seconds
Aug. 22, 2007
I’ve been twittering that long!
I started tweeting to keep in touch with my most techie granddaughter who lives far away, hence my name: grammasheri. At first I didn’t get it, but later, in webinars, educators referred to their twitter names. I started lurking, much as Jessica Hibbert discussed recently in her challenge post about Twitter. Eventually I realized how important connecting was, and how important it is to update the profile — let people know who you are and where your blog is so they can read your work and check in.
I think it is easier to connect with Twitter now because so many people do tweet — and are willing to give tips.
Here are two:
One thing I’ve learned is not to worry too much about the spammers — the ones with no tweets and following thousands. They usually don’t last long on the Twitter feed. Recently I’ve discovered the ones with no followers but who mention your twitter name with a link to who knows what. They’re easy to spot now that Twitter pushes notices — no name, a weird handle, and only tweeting. I usually report them as spam.
Secondly, if an educator follows me, I’ll follow back. I usually but not always, depending on my schedule, will find out their interests and share a link related to their work. Once, I sent relevant links to each member of a university class because their professor sent out a tweet request. It was fun reading their student teaching portfolios and what they were studying. It was like giving back to those who had helped me.
Look here for my 2009 experiences, when I really got started: My Initial Twitter Reflections .
If you are a fourth grade teacher, especially in social studies and math, follow @plnaugle Paula has become a dear friend — online; she has so many projects and ideas to share.
If you need technology reviews or tips, these two really help: @Larryferlazzo teaches inner city high school — but his list of “favorites” and other blog info at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ will provide you with hours of learning.
For language arts and social media, two people with tech skills have really helped keep me up to date:
Silvia Tolisano @langwitches http://www.langwitches.org/blog
My most recent inspiration comes from new tweeple connections who are definite musts to follow on twitter and read their blogs:
Tracy Watanabe @tracywatanabe http://wwwatanabe.blogspot.com/ learning about 21st Century classrooms, Project-Based learning, One-to-One, and Individualized Instruction through rigor, relevance, and relationships…
Marsha Ratzel @ratzelsterl http://teachingtechie.typepad.com Reflecting on using 21st century technologies to amplify learning.
I know I will be meeting more in the Build Your PLN Challenge. How about you?