Saturday, April 11, 2009

Twitter Handbook for Teachers (on Scribd)

The Twitter Handbook for Teachers - just published on Scribd.

This overview of Twitter and ways of using it in education was created for a group of educators attending an inaugural Twizza (Twitter & pizza) gathering in Perth, Western Australia on April 8, 2009.
Created by: Tomaz Lasic (Twitter: @lasic) The handbook is provided under a Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike 3.0 unported license.

It is a really useful guide for educators looking for helpful tips and resources for using Twitter and why you would want to, especially reasons for using Twitter to extend your professional learning networks (PLN).

An opening quote in the handbook from Sue Waters (@suewaters) .... provides the answer.
“Why would anyone want to tell others what they are doing in 140 characters?”
And yet to dismiss Twitter is a mistake because it’s an incredibly powerful tool for your personal learning and connecting with others.”

Twitter supports connections, reflections, communication and collaboration, the ability to form and foster trusted networks and connect critical friends.

Twitter provides the power of the tweet and re-tweet, the @ and #tag, shortened URL pointers to follow and for followers, the immediacy, opportunities for aggregation - the tools to enhance an essential and widespread PLN for 21st century educators.

Thanks to @moodleman and others from @southoz (me) for extending the global conversations and insights for the recent MoodleMootUK #mmuk09 via Twitter, Twitpic and other social media.

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