Tweet, Tweet!

Twitter. I STILL don’t get it, but I’m going to give it yet another try 😉

I literally JUST logged in to my Twitter account that I created last year. I first “tweeted” on November 16 and 17, 2014, and then that was the end of my tweets…until now.

I first learned about Twitter (and TweetDeck) back in 2012 at a summer workshop hosted by EdTechTEacher, which was AMAZING, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for further learning opportunities related to educational technology. I was recently reintroduced to Twitter in this course via this video made by Jeff Utecht. I have to admit. Upon logging back into my Twitter account, I am still feeling a little bit lost and nervous to start tweeting again (not that I even tweeted that extensively before!). On the Twitter website, they claim,

“Twitter is your window to the world.”

WHAT? Currently, I have 5 tweets and 2 followers, which sounds pretty lame. All but the most recent one of my tweets came from a professional learning conference held at our school last year where we were strongly encouraged to tweet about what we were learning during the conference. And the 2 followers, well, they are other teachers at my school.

I know my Twitter name (is that what it’s called?) is @PamelaRampley. I also know that I definitely need an avatar, and I need to start tweeting! Maybe I should start “following” some fellow tweeters, but who? Any suggestions? As I am trying (very hard!) to wrap my head around Twitter, I wondered what people typically use Twitter for, and I came across this charming, yet educational, video:

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What do YOU use Twitter for? Can or should it be personal? Professional? Or both? Does it have a place in our classrooms? I can honestly say that I think Twitter has some potential, but I still need to figure it out. I need to do a bit more “messing around” with it. Do you have any tips for those of us just getting into this Twitter thing?

I warmly welcome your comments below.

#tweetalittletweet 🙂

4 thoughts on “Tweet, Tweet!

  1. Pam, I love Twitter. Come by sometime and I can show you some tricks and how I have gotten some of my very best teaching ideas and inspiration from fellow Tweeters. 🙂

  2. Great questions. Twitter can be very overwhelming.

    I built up who I was following by looking at people I enjoyed and respected and wanted to hear more from and looked at who they were following. I started with other COETAILERS and then did some searches of topics I was interested in and it has grown from there.

    I choose to use Twitter as my professional social media (though many use it for personal or both). I tweet things that get me thinking and things that are going on in my classroom and school. I also ask for help and ideas from others when I need more input than my little school in Saudi Arabia can give me.

    There are so many ways to use Twitter. I figured out what works for me by jumping in and ‘messing around’.


  3. I didn’t get twitter either, when I first signed up – this seems to be a “rite of passage” we all go through (but it doesn’t last when you start using it as it’s potential to build effective personal learning networks begins to reveal itself!)

    Here’s a “list” of impressive but “regular” educators who recently lead others at the Learning2asia conference in Manila last week. I highly recommend them as educators to follow.

    And my other piece of advice would be “just jump in and use it” – respond to others tweets, tweet your own blog posts, tweet your thoughts that CoETaIL stimulates and use the hashtag #coetail – because at the end of the day, you get out what you put in.

    You will be surprised how quickly you’ll begin to get twitter!

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