South African Educators – join the #ZAedu ’12 Days of Twitter’ Challenge and a Twitter chat!

Three South African educators, Leigh Morris, Lindsay Wesner and Chaim Moch have come up with a great idea to get more South African teachers connected to Twitter. – the ‘12 days of Twitter’ challenge, and a regular Twitter chat. What is the 12 days of Twitter challenge? It takes the form of a Game Board Hyperdoc with 12 challenges, which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes a day. There is one for people who are new to Twitter, which takes teachers through the entire process of getting on ...

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Teachers, get started with Twitter – you’ll never look back!

Nowadays, in the era of social networking, it is vital for a teacher to get on to Twitter in order to find out what is happening in education. I have learned SO much from Twitter and am connected to fantastic educators all over the world as a result of using it. This post will show you how to get started.  What is Twitter? Twitter is a free social networking service that allows its users to send and read short 140-character messages known as tweets. It’s a fantastic way to share ide...

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Conference highlights#2: Teachers – get started with Twitter

Recently we held the SchoolNet Conference in Kloof, Kwazulu-Natal and the very first session was called ‘Twitter for Beginners’ presented by Megan Rademeyer from SchoolNet. Before displaying the presentation let’s talk about Twitter,  and,  if you are not yet on Twitter perhaps this is the time to join! What is Twitter? Twitter is a free social networking service that allows its users to send and read short 140-character messages known as tweets. It’s a fantastic way to share ideas an...

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Twitter Story #2: So did you attend the latest TeachTWEET?

cc: http://chriswallace.net/category/blog/icons/ While browsing around on one of my favourite applications, Twitter, I came across a couple of interesting tweets inviting folk in the UK to a TeachTweet! I know about TeachMweets (and love them) but TeachTweets?! Well luckily for me, it is all happening tonight (31st October) so I’ll be there virtually to investigate! It is all part of the #ukedchat Twitter chat. The TeachTweet website There is a TeachTweet website (http://uk...

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Why not try using Tall Tweets for tweets longer than 140 characters?

Let’s be honest – there are many times one wishes one had more characters than the allocated 140 to compose a specific tweet. Well, have you heard of Tall Tweets? This is a phenomenal site! Tall Tweets (http://talltweets.com/) is a Twitter app that will help you write tweets that are longer than 140 characters. It can also also publisher longer tweets as images. This exciting app was developed by Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspirations How does it work? There are two things that Tall Tweets allo...

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Get started with Twitter – a must for every teacher

 Nowadays, in the era of social networking,  it is vital for a teacher to get on to Twitter in order to find out what is happening in education. I have learned SO much from Twitter and am connected to fantastic educators all over the world because of using it. How ten minutes with Twitter can get your creativity soaring For example I was looking through my Twitter stream and I saw a tweet from Julian Wood, a teacher in England whom I follow. It said: Since I am attending a TeachMeet on...

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How to create a Twitter hashtag for an event

Twitter is definitely a very important tool for educators in the 21st Century. I have learned SO MUCH from fellow educators via Twitter, and if anyone asks me for my no. 1 website I always say Twitter!  So, let’s say you want to create a hashtag for an event. This tag will group all the tweets about the same event together. This would then enable people to follow your event quite easily (and I’ll explain how afterwards).  1. You can just make up your own hashtag for your own event. e.g...

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30 Days of Web tools: #7: Use Tweetchat to take part in Twitter discussions

All it took was a set date, a topic, and a hashtag, namely #edchatsa. SA teachers who were on Twitter were then notified that a tweetchat for SA teachers would take place every Monday night from 8:30pm – 9:30pm; and so our regular and popular tweetchat was born! Arthur Preston from Elkanah House put this all into motion. Very soon teachers told other teachers and so the news spread and the numbers are growing steadily. If you would like to know more, Arthur has set up a website http://edchats...

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Using Storify.com to summarise a tweetchat from #edchatsa

Submitted by Fiona Beal #edchatsa is the hashtag for our weekly twitter chat for South African teachers on topics of educational interest. These chats take place on a Monday evening from 8:30pm – 9:30pm. This blogpost aims to show you how I went about summarising a chat using Storify.com Today curating is the buzz word with many amazing sites available to do just that. Storify is a form of curating – one can gather tweets, comments, videos, images and other media from all around the Web and pu...

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How to use Tweetchat for Twitter discussions

Submitted by Fiona Beal It all started when Philemon Kotsokoane tweeted me (on Twitter) saying “… I’d like to follow last night’s chat on tweetchat.com How do I access all the chat & remove smart pausing message?#edchatsa”  Up to that point I had only been using a free programme called Tweetdeck for Twitter chats. I wrote a blogpost on how to use Tweetdeck last month  https://www.schoolnet.org.za/2012/03/why-not-install-and-use-tweetdeck-for.html  The reason I ...

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