WEEK 8: Growing a PLN in the Twitterverse

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February 22, 2016

Last week I introduced you to Pinterest, a social media app that can be lots of fun and can steal lots of your time before you know it. But Pinterest can be useful for research – I use it all the time for work and for fun.

This week, I want to teach you another social media app, one you may be more familiar with, but one you may not realize the power of. Twitter. It can also steal your time if you’re not careful.

You may have a Twitter account or you may not. You may have seen Twitter misused. So have I. I’ve seen students post random thoughts about being hungry, about feeling or not feeling cute at that particular moment, about who is hanging out with whom, and, unfortunately, I’ve seen accusations, threats and bullying, too. You don’t have to participate in these things. There are good uses for Twitter.

Twitter is a tool to help you develop your own PLN – Personal Learning Network. What would you like to learn? Who would you like to learn from? Who provides information you’d like to have?

First, let’s go over the basics of Twitter.

Your assignment for the week is to begin building your PLN, perhaps with a nod toward your passion project, but don’t limit yourself to that topic only. Is it time to start looking for good post-secondary schools? Check some out and follow some of their accounts. They’ll likely have several: athletics, news, student information and more.

By Friday,

  1. Tweet a #FF (Follow Friday) post with the five most interesting accounts you’ve found, tagging those accounts. It will look something like: #FF learning from new friends: @Geniushour @TIME @WSJ @OKContemporary @TheSkimm
  2. Then by Friday write a blog post describing your Twitterventure and the accounts you found to follow. Write a little about each of the five accounts you tweeted in your #FF, about who they are, their purpose and why you followed them. If you want to do double duty and take care of the Passion Project update too, find a way to tie them together!

 

 

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