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Innovation Inspiration — #8: Tools and Strategies for Using Twitter For Professional Learning

Innovation Inspiration
Innovation Inspiration — #8: Tools and Strategies for Using Twitter For Professional Learning
By Lucy Gray • Issue #8 • View online
Here’s how to leverage the power of Twitter to work for you and to find sources of personal and professional inspiration!

Last Sunday, I shared a few Tweets that recently caught my attention. This week, I’m sharing a few tips that will help you efficiently use Twitter so that you can find ideas and resources.
Design Your Profile
  • Make sure to create a complete Twitter profile that includes your bio and reflects your interests.
  • Choose a username or “handle” that you’ll consistently use across social media platforms as part of your personal brand.
  • If you want people to learn more about your work or school, it’s essential that you also include a link to your website, LinkedIn profile, or other sites that showcases your work.
  • Also, consider including a hashtag or hashtags for a topic that’s important to you. If people search Twitter for that hashtag, they may come across your Twitter profile and follow you as a result.
  • Finally, think about your header and profile photo. Use a photo for your profile and create a header using a tool such as Canva.
  • Here’s my Twitter profile as an example and learn more about how to create a Twitter header in Canvas.
Build and Cultivate Your Network
You need to follow a critical mass of accounts in order to have a high-quality Twitter feed. This increases your chances of serendipitously finding great ideas, articles, and multimedia. Follow organizations, thought leaders, and boots-on-the-ground practitioners to glean the best content. Avoid those who seek “educelebrity” status and consider participating in Twitter chats.
Here’s my recommended list to get started with on Twitter. Click “members” and you can go through this list to follow accounts of interest. I’ve included a variety of accounts to follow that I think consistently produce and share high-quality content related to innovation.
Follow Lists and Hashtags
Here are a few lists worth following if you are interested in innovation and education. Use Tweetdeck to create columns and searches for tracking hashtags. and follow hashtags that interest you. #edchat, #globaledchat, #edtechchat are a few hashtags that I monitor on a regular basis to keep current.
Useful Chrome Extensions
Here are a few fun and useful Chrome browser extensions can enhance your Twitter experience. ColorDeck lets one customize the colors of Tweetdeck, Share on Twitter is useful for sharing content especially since Hootsuite’s extension went away, and Dewey is great for managing Tweets bookmarked on Twitter. Wakelet’s also extension lets you bookmark individual tweets to collections. Links to these tools are below.
ColorDeck for Tweetdeck - Chrome Web Store
Share on Twitter - Chrome Web Store
Dewey. - Chrome Web Store
Wakelet - Chrome Web Store
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Innovation advisor and ed tech evangelist Lucy Gray curates interesting ideas and resources for forward-thinking educators.

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