#UMNETW - Fall 2013

Week 2: Personal Learning Networks and Twitter Basics


For our meeting on Tuesday

Need help?: Go to “Twitter Essential Training.” This set of tutorials from Lynda.com (http://lynda.umn.edu/) will give you step by step instructions to setup your account and learn the basic features of Twitter.

NOTE: If you strongly prefer not to create an account or use Twitter for our session, you will still be able to follow along and participate in our workshop. However, we ask that you please consider trying Twitter for our session, even if may not want to use it in the future. You can make your account private or even delete it completely following our session.

Everyone: remember to bring your Twitter username and password for our session. Twin Cities participants: you can use a classroom computer or bring your own laptop. Duluth participants: please bring your own laptop to use in our active learning classroom.

0.0 PRESENTATION: Personal Learning Networks for Educators


1.0 ETW “Tweetup”: Getting Started

PROTIP: Use descriptive and affirmative language to add value to the conversation: why are joining? what do you hope to learn? greet another participant or invite your followers to join you!

2.0 Group Question: Cool Tool or Killer App?

What is one application or service that you cannot live without? How and why do you use it?

PROTIP: Twitter will automagically shorten long links for you!

PROTIP: Nurture social media connections by sharing good content, adding value to conversations, and giving positive feedback to others

3.0 Group Question: #FollowFriday or #FF

Research and recommend someone to follow on Twitter

4.0 Group Question: PLN Map

What does your Personal Learning Network (PLN) look like?

PROTIP: Consider modeling your map on the image below. Note the three suggested focuses: on tools, people, or strategic vision.

5.0 What next?

How do you or how could you use social media?

Additional Resources

Wired for Teaching - http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/21/more-professors-using-social-media-teaching-tools#ixzz2iMto19zu

Understanding personal learning networks http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3559/3131

How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas - http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/how-successful-networks-nurture-good-ideas/all/

[MOOC] Exploring Personal Learning Networks - Practical Issues for Organizations: An Open Online Seminar -  http://mslocopen.wordpress.com/

Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable - http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/

Twitter in Plain English - http://www.commoncraft.com/video/twitter

A Searchable Directory of Twitter Users in Higher Ed - http://followedu.com/

Abram Anders 2013; Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported