Twitter Boot Camp

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been back to school for over two weeks! The year is off to a great start. I’ve seen all of the students through their ELA classes. Last week, we kicked off our 1:1 initiative and checked out laptops to our students. We have lots of exciting things on the horizon at CMS!

One thing that I’m really pumped about this year is a Twitter Boot Camp I’m putting on for my teachers.TwitterBootCamp

I’ll be holding a 30 minute session once a month to introduce teachers to using Twitter for professional development. I’m hoping that by introducing them gradually through short sessions, they won’t feel so overwhelmed by the idea of learning to use Twitter.

Our first session is tomorrow, and I’m planning to give an overview of how Twitter works, a tour of what you see on your Twitter page, help teachers set up their accounts, and give them a list of folks to follow to start building their PLN.

I’m also going to share these awesome Comic Tutorials by the amazing Gwyneth Jones:

5091498668_3cbdd93c3b_b 5217790680_a812220975_bI think that many of my teachers are at least curious about Twitter from hearing me evangelize about it all the time, so I’m hoping for a good turn out! This is also how we’re FINALLY getting Twitter unblocked for teachers in my school…YAY!

What types of programs do you have planned to support and push your teachers this year?

11 thoughts on “Twitter Boot Camp

  1. I would be happy to help out and support teachers who are getting started with Twitter. It has made a big difference in my life and teaching. One of the best parts of Twitter is the support of a strong PLN.

  2. I have been following your blog since becoming a school librarian last year, and I have found it very useful. I set up a library Twitter account over the summer, and Twitter has been unblocked on the school network for this year. I have sent a link to this post to colleagues with whom I will work on a social media working group, and I’m certain they will find it useful. Thanks for your work.


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  4. How many months did you do this for? The whole school year? If so, did you have enough content for 10 months?

    1. I just ended up doing four sessions — I could have done a few more, but the school year got the best of us all. We did short sessions, which made it much more manageable. And the sessions were essentially Q&A with time to play around on Twitter for the teachers.

  5. I’m reading this post in 2018; it is still informative. I choose to think that in 2015, you were technologically advanced (a.k.a. “young”). Haha.
    A few years ago, I attended a class with Kelly Gallagher. He said that Twitter was the one thing that has (had) most changed his teaching. I have not experienced the same conclusion or feeling. My Twitter usage is minimal, though I sometimes look when I receive a notification.
    This may be the year I understand Twitter usage.
    Questions: I wonder how patrons (and you and Kelly) feel now. Are there other social media sites you prefer now? (Please share.)
    What other technology sites are do you follow and enjoy?
    Thank you for sharing

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