Using Participate for Twitter Chats

Tonight I was asked to participate in the first #SwivlChat since I have been a Swivl Video Pioneer for the last 2 years.  I received an email from Swivl with a link to Participate (www.participate.com) which was set up for the chat.  I had heard about Participate being used for Twitter chats before but had…

The True Power of my PLN

I created my Twitter account in November of 2009 to connect with my own students and share out news articles or resources about science topics.  The major byproduct of this was the connections that I started to make with other teachers, whether they were teaching in neighboring districts or even across the country and world.…

Hosting Your Own District Twitter Chat

One of the things I am happiest with that we tried last year, was the start of our own district Twitter chat.  We have been sharing Twitter as a powerful professional learning tool for the last couple of years but I wanted to help our teachers experience the effectiveness of a chat by giving them…

Our First District Twitter Chat

Last month we finally put in place something that I had wanted to do for a long while, have a Twitter chat with teachers from  my district.  The reason for this was to create an opportunity to have discussions that we normally do not get to have due to time or location.  We are a…

Getting Your Tweetdeck Ready for ITEC

We are less than a week away from ITEC, Iowa’s biggest educational technology conference.  This is a great time for educators to come together from across the state, and even those from outside the state, to share how they are transforming their learning environments through the use of technology. Whether you are at the conference…

Prepare Tweetdeck for #ISTE2014 – Filtering Spam

If you are like me and you will be using Tweetdeck in the Chrome browser as your main way of accessing Twitter for the ISTE conference next week, you can easily remove those spam tweets that will pop up.  You can set up filtering options in a search column to remove the key words that…

Setting Up a Class Social Media Page Using Tagboard

Social media usually gets a bad rap from many as being distractive or harmful but it is a tool that has a lot of potential and is very powerful when used correctly.  Many teachers become better by using social media to connect with others and to share/collaborate across great distances.  I have used Twitter to…