Are you a future teacher and you don't know where to get started when it comes to getting connected on Twitter? Get your pen out or your notes app and get ready to as my amazing guest Joanna Zimmerle shares how to get started on Twitter from scratch! 𝙳𝚛. 𝙹𝚘𝚊𝚗𝚗𝚊 𝚉𝚒𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚕𝚎 (@drzimmerle on Twitter) is an Assistant Professor of #EdTech @APSUeduc. Dr. Zimmerle taught elementary school for 10 years and during that time she worked on my master's in instructional technology and then her doctorate in ed leadership. She knew that she wanted to teach college way back when she was a future teacher.
Joanna is a phenomenal educator and leader in educational technology. So, if you are new to Twitter and building a PLN turn up the volume on this episode we are going to be dropping some knowledge! PLNs and getting connected is a topic that is near and dear to both of us! So, let's jump right in with tips to get you started and get you connected!
PLN stands for a personal learning network.
It's the people you turn to when you want to ask questions or share ideas about teaching and your PLN doesn't just happen online. It can also happen face to face.
It's global, you can connect with people across the country and even across the globe.
First, choose a platform and create a professional account.
Dr. Zimmerle tends to just use Twitter for her PLN, but there are certainly many educators in other online spaces like Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.
You need a PLN as a future teacher is because you can start learning about resources like educational resources, websites, apps, get lesson plans, ideas and all these things can be useful. You get exposed to tons of awesome resources that you can use now while you're in school prepping.
You can learn what you want to learn more about on your own time. Teachers use it to direct your own professional development.
Connecting with other educators can give you a sense of belonging and community that can help you make it through those dark days when you're just so stressed. Using your PLN for support is invaluable to future teachers.
Build your professional presence
Username needs to be professional
Include who you are as a teacher in your bio consider using some hashtags!
Get copyright-free images to use in your header!
Search for hashtags that you want to learn more about or speak to your teaching heart.
See who is posting about it, read their bio, give them a follow, then see who they are following!
Retweet or share a post from someone else
Comment on a post from a colleague
Participate in a Twitter chat! Twitter chats happen almost every day of the week. They are conversations. Centered around all kinds of topics. First, choose a chat that is interesting and relevant to you. Second, confirm that the chat is happening by reaching out to the moderators. Next, engage in conversation and connect with other participants. We recommend using Tweetdeck to keep organized with posts, replies, and more when it comes to participating in a twitter chat.
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