In this section, participants will select a differentiated task based on their self-assessment in the previous section. Each participant will explore resources appropriate to their immersion level to support the development of their Twitter PLN.

Developing, Organizing, and Evaluating your PLN (40 minutes)

Based on the stage of adoption you selected in the poll above, select a differentiated task to explore resources to build your PLN.

Check out this article in Forbes (May 2013) For Public Schools, Twitter is no Longer Optional



Stage 1 Immersion: Immerse yourself into networks. Create any and all networks you can find where there are people and ideas to connect to. Collaboration and connections take off.

Stage I Task : Deciding Who to Follow (Immersion)

  1. Take a look at Michael Petrilli's list of educators you should follow on Twitter.

  2. Start following some leaders in the field of education.

  3. Check out specific profiles of leaders in education, paying specific attention to hashtags and resources.


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Stage 2 Evaluation: Evaluate your networks and start to focus in on which networks you really want to focus your time on.

Stage 2 Task: Navigating Hashtags (Evaluation)

  1. Take a look at The 2012 A-Z List of Educational Twitter Hashtags by Edudemic and this list from Teach Thought.

  2. Check out several of the conversations or resources attached to these chats.

  3. Once you find some conversations you like, check out Cybrary Man's Schedule of Educational Chats on Twitter.Start following some of the chats currently taking place. Add them to your calendar as a reminder.


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Stage 3 Know it all: Find that you are spending many hours trying to learn everything you can. Realize there is much you do not know and feel like you can’t disconnect.

Stage 3 Task: Hungry for More (Know it All)

  1. Take a look at Kathy Schrock's Twitter Resources. Kathy Schrock, nationally recognized instructional technology specialist, has compiled a broad array of Twitter resources to enhance your Twitter experience.

  2. Explore these 25 Twitter Guides and Apps for Teacherscompiled in this blog post by Jennifer Malone, Director of Technology and Middle School Supervisor for Loudon County Schools in Tennessee.

  3. Choose at least one new resource to explore in depth.


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Stage 4 Perspective: Start to put your life into perspective. Usually comes when you are forced to leave the network for awhile and spend time with family and friends who are not connected.

Stage 4 Task: Organizing your Twitter Resources (Perspective)

  1. Download Tweetdeck for PC or Hootsuite for PC, iPad, Mac, or Android device. (I am a big fan of Tweetdeck and use it for chats.)

  2. Search for hashtags you like follow, and add them to your Tweetdeck/Hootsuite.

  3. Retweet or Reply to a Tweet directly from your Tweetdeck/Hootsuite.

  • If you are interested in a different way to organize your Tweets as well as your Facebook and other social networks? Hootsuite will allow you to really organize your online social life..


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Stage 5 Balance: Find the balance between learning and living. Understand that you cannot know it all, and realize that you can rely on your PLN to learn and store knowledge for you.

Stage 5 Task: Sharing your Wisdom (Balance)

  1. Use our #NCed hashtag to share your insights about one or more of the following:

    • Which chats are worthwhile

    • Who to follow

    • "A-ha" moments about using Twtiter

    • Best Twitter resources

    • How to find balance



Still Want More Resources to Explore?

Take a few moments to check out these specific resources, tasks, and tools for Administrators compiled by Kathy Schrock.


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“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training."