Twitter 4 Teachers Workshop
#TMN10 Getting Started
Twitter in Plain English by Lee Lefever of Common Craft

Great Reasons Why:
· 5 Reasons Why Educators Should Network by Tanya Roscorla of Converge Magazine
· 9 Great Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Twitter by Laura Walker

Twitter Guides & Handbooks:
· The Twitter Guide Book by @Mashable (Pete Cashmore)
· Twitter Handbook for Teachers by @lasic (Tomaz Lasic)
· A Teacher’s Guide to Twitter by @HigherEdLife (Kate Klingensmith)
· Top 10 things New People to Twitter Should Know by @marcwarnke (Marc Warnke)

Networking Resources:
· Twitter4Teachers – A wiki by @ghartman (Gina Hartman) to help educators find each other on Twitter.
· The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About by @LarryFerlazzo (Larry Ferlazzo)
· How To Become Twitter Teacher In 23 Steps Or Less by @kapil1312 (Kapil Bhatia)
· 50 Easy ways to Improve Your Twitter Experience via All Things Internet
· 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Education by Carol Cooper-Taylor
· 5 Things To Get Your Twitter Network Off The Ground by @TomBarrett (Tom Barrett)

Some Personal Favorite Twitter clients & tools:
· Tweetadder is a software that can increase your followers dramatically. It automates Twitter promotion & marketing. Very effective application.
· Tweetdeck (Desktop & iPhone) is a browser for all your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn). Some benefits of Tweetdeck include the ability to group followers, to use the classic re-tweet style, to preview short URLs, and to sync between your desktop and Smartphone.
· Hootsuite (Desktop & iPhone) allows the scheduling of tweets (Nice!) to several social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, & It also tracks statistics and isn’t blocked for use at most schools.
· Mr. Tweet helps you find people you might be interested in following. I’ve only dabbled with it, but many people rave about it’s usefulness.
· Twitter Grader assigns every user you run through its system a grade from 1-100. Use it to investigate how engaged the people you’re following are in order to decide if you want to keep following them.
· Twitter Karma lets you sort through your follows and see who’s not following you in return, who you have a mutual follow/follow-back relationship with, and who is following you that you’re not following back.
· Refollow is a Twitter relationship manager similar to Twitter Karma. It allows you to “lock” your social circle.
· TweetChat is desktop Twitter client that allows you to follow a hashtag in real-time. It’s a great tool for participating in Twitter chats.
· TweetGrid is another chat client that many Twitter Teachers use for engaging in chats.

URL Shorteners: Preview the links! ( - developed by a teacher’s kid
Note: Hootsuite has a built-in URL Shortener

Get-started Twitter hashtags (for search & chat)
Jerry Blumgarten (@cybraryman1) has a great list.
#edchat (Transcripts
#ptchat (Parent and teacher collaborative chat)
#education #teachertuesday
#admin #edtech
#edu #edutech

Some key folks that I follow:
Steven Anderson
Jason Bedell
Nancy Blair
Joe Bower
John C. Carver
Deron Durflinger
Russ Goerend
Shannon Miller
Eric Sheninger
Melissa Smith
John Spencer
Monte Tatom
Shelly Terrell
Tom Whitby
Michael Zimmer
Me: Philip Cummings