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Tuesday, December 17

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    Through Crowdsourcing globally here is how we showcased our learning from afar
    I also used Google Hangout, did a screenshare and did a short review and edit session for my students on a debate script they were working on
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Thursday, July 4

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    Hashtag? #coffeechugPLN
    Topic: Positive Reinforcement
    Archives and Information:
    http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/05/coffeechugpln-twitter-chat-archive.html

    When? Tuesday, May 7th
    Time? 8:00 pm central time
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Thursday, May 9

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    This page will be the headquarters for the #coffeechugPLN twitter chats.
    When? Tuesday, May 14th
    Time? 8:00 pm central time
    Hashtag? #coffeechugPLN
    Topic: Positive Reinforcement

    When? Tuesday, May 7th
    Time? 8:00 pm central time
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Sunday, May 5

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    This page will be the headquarters for the #coffeechugPLN twitter chats.
    When? Tuesday, May 7th
    Time? 8:00 pm central time
    Hashtag? #coffeechugPLN
    Chat #3: Mindset Chat #2 based on research of Carol Dweck.
    Archive will be linked here after the chat
    Here are the questions in case you want to prepare a bit ahead of time
    Q0: What have you learned today or this week?
    Q1: What do think of the following quote (1/2)
    Q1: (2/2) "I divide the world into learners and non learners." - Benjamin Barber
    Q2: Why is effort so terrifying?
    Q3:If people believe their qualities are fixed, and they have shown themselves to be smart or talented, why do they have to keep proving it?
    Q4: Why don't people with the fixed mindset prove themselves and then live happily ever after?
    Q5: Page 46: Are mindsets a permanent part of your makeup or can you change them?
    Q6: Can someone be half and half? Half fixed and half growth
    Q7: What if I like my fixed mindset? If know my what abilities and talents are, I know where I stand, and I know what to expect. Why should I give that up?
    Q8: Can everything about people be changed, and should people try to change everything they can?
    Q9: Does anyone with the right mindset do well?
    Q10: Are people with the fixed mindset simply lacking in confidence? No
    Q11: (1/2)Most people believe that the "gift" is the ability itself. Yet what feeds it is that constant endless curiosity and challenge seeking.
    Q11: (2/2) Is it ability or mindset?

    When? Tuesday, April 30th
    Time? 8:00 pm central time
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Tuesday, April 30

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    This page will be the headquarters for the #coffeechugPLN twitter chats.
    When? Tuesday, April 30th
    Time? 8:00 pm central time
    Hashtag? #coffeechugPLN
    Chat #2: Mindset and this whole motion of the way we perceive the world based on research of Carol Dweck.
    I hope to make this a mini series of Twitter Chats
    Archive will be linked here after the chat

    Alright, we are going to host and run our very own Twitter Chat! We have been working through various tasks and getting used to Twitter and how it works. It is now time to plunge into the world of Twitter Chats.
    #coffeechugPLN First Twitter Chat: Please join us!
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Saturday, April 27

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    Twitter Help 102: Hashtags, Chats, Q and A, and Tweetdeck
    #CoffeechugPLN Twitter Chat Info
    Other Resources That Might Prove Useful
    25 Twitter Tips For Students, Parents, And Teachers edudemic.com/2013/03/25-twi… via @Edudemic
    Twitter For Teachers: Erin Klein's Awesome 10-Minute Video Tells All zite.to/11EPtcL

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    I am not going to go into detail about creating a Twitter account. Simply go to Twitter.com. I will be coming back in a later task to talk about your profile page and making it effective and proper. At this point I am not worried about this information yet. The key piece is to have an account. Just choose your name wisely!
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    I hope you find this useful and at any point during this journey please let me know if you have suggestions, questions, concerns, or ideas.
    This whole course will use the hashtag #coffeechugPLN
    I recently had all tasks and directions shared on this page, but after adding a few more tasks I felt it was getting too cluttered and lengthy so I have opted to just provide links to each individual task. If you don't like that approach please let me know and I will add it all back. This just seems better looking to the eye.
    Task 0: Create a Twitter account
    I am not going to go into detail about creating a Twitter account. Simply go to Twitter.com. I will be coming back in a later task to talk about your profile page and making it effective and proper. At this point I am not worried about this information yet. The key piece is to have an account. Just choose your name wisely!
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    I have created this form to help teachers share out their information for Twitter. The more we have to share the greater the database and power of networking. The first step is to fill in the following information.
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    Task 1 and 2: Connecting with Educators from Task #1
    Take time to view all the response shared. Find the people who you think will help enhance your network via Twitter.
    To view response simply check out this link.
    Getting Started
    Task 3: Creating your Profile and Brand
    Check out the video posted to showcase what you need to do with this particular task. There are three objectives and one bonus.
    1. I can upload and post a picture of myself to my Twitter account.
    2. I can upload a header to my Twitter account.
    3. I can create a clever bio about myself to sell who I am and my brand
    Bonus: I can create my own background to upload to my Twitter profile page.
    Be creative! Don't use the provided ones by Twitter.
    Your Twitter profile should mirror your blog or website if you have one. Keep to a similar theme and style.
    If you need some guidance in your creative endeavors, then check out http://mytweetspace.com/ and follow the tutorial to create your very own. It is quite clever and easy to use.
    Be sure to tweet #coffeechugPLN so we can see what you created and we can give feedback and guidance on what you put together.
    If you have any suggestions, comments, or resources leave a comment here on the blog or simply modify the wiki page or better yet share on Twitter with #coffeechugpln.

    Task 4: Basic Commands
    Twitter is like a big old room full of people from around the world out in the virtual realm. It is an ongoing conversation designed to connect and enhance our lives. It is designed for us to speak and share with everyone so always remember everyone can hear you!
    In order to have the conversations a few basic commands are needed to operate. We have already used some of these to get to this point.
    Replies - This allows you to speak with one person specifically or potentially a few people in the conversation, but it is available for everyone to read and join in if they feel like it. This is not personal in the sense that nobody else can read what you share, but does allow you to connect with specific people in the conversation. To do this you would hit the reply button
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    When you hit the reply button you will see a new box open up to allow you type your response to that person. This is why it is always important to send Tweets of around 120 characters so there are spaces left for names and hashtags.
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    So, you just type your message and hit tweet. Remember, the only people that can see this exchange of tweets are people who are following YOU and the OTHER PERSON! They have to follow both for it to show up in their Twitter feed.
    Retweet is designed to share an important idea. If you think someone has shared something good that you think your network of people needs to see then click retweet. You will get a box like before, but this time the message will be show. You will also see "RT" which means retweet so others know what you have done along with the person who created the original message.
    We are also starting to see "MT" which means modified tweet where someone retweets, but changes the message slightly and sends it on. I don't see this as much, but I have seen it more and more.
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    Your next option is Favorite. This allows you to bookmark your favorite tweets or keep an archive the ones you don't want to lose in the Twitter Feeds. This is important during chats or other times when you know you want to get back to that link or resource at a later date.
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    What I have found in my experience and remember that everyone is different is that I still favorite tweets, but when I go to Twitter I spend more time catching up and I rarely get to my Favorites. I get too distracted. What I have begun to do is email myself my favorite tweets which I can then go back read and bookmark with Diigo(another tool I use in my PLN).
    If you want to email a tweet to yourself or someone else you need to click where it says "More"
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    That will give you two options of email and embed. You click email and you type in the address you want to send it to. Embed will give you the code needed to embed that tweet into a blog post or website. I rarely use that feature, but it is a nice one to have. If there is a tweet I really want I will just screen capture it if you using for a presentation or post. Once again that is just a personal use and everyone is different.
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    Your jobs to complete for this task are to do the following. If you want the rest of us who are part of this project to see your work and help connect further, then use the hashtag #coffeechugPLN
    1. Reply to a tweet and engage in a conversation. Offer your insights and knowledge and let the conversation develop.
    2. Retweet a message that you think is worth sharing.
    3. Favorite a message and see if you can find a locate your stream of favorite tweets(this is a bonus challenge)
    4. Email yourself or someone a tweet to see how that option works
    As always use the #coffeechugPLN to document your work so we can see how things develop for you.
    I know many of you already know how to do all of this so perhaps it would be good for you to help those new to Twitter and following #coffeechugPLN to provide your knowledge and guidance.
    If you have any tips and tricks about these basic commands leave a comment for me to share to the wiki page where this whole self paced course is being posted and shared.
    Task
    Task 5: Extra Commands
    Here we are moving forward on to Task 5: Extra Commands. These are just some more things for you to explore
    and getTerms to know in order to be more savvy on Twitter.
    I have made a video to go over the following content in case you are a visual learner
    Direct Message - If we think back to the idea of Twitter being a conversation, then this is more like whispering to someone. This is designed for only you and who you are contacting to read. Nobody else. Nobody else will be able to see what is shared between you and the person you are contacting. In order to do this, you must both be following one another.
    Hashtags - Think Bat signal. Hashtags are the words or abbreviations that follow the pound symbol in tweets. For this course we have been using #coffeechugPLN. This allows anyone to follow all tweets with that particular hashtag group. You will see hashtags used for chats, classrooms, group discussions, conferences, backchannels, etc. They come in quite handy especially when taking part in Twitter chats or attending conferences.
    This is why it is important to keep tweets to around 120 characters so there is room for hashtags and retweets.
    When you start to follow a chat or use third party software(which will be covered in an upcoming task) you can divide up your Twitter feed by hashtags.
    For example, I use Tweetdeck which allows me to create columns. I created columns for each of the hashtags that I find valuable. I know the screenshot below is hard to read, but I have my favorite hashtags organized so I can follow trends and specific discussion.
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    Handle
    You will hear this term used when talking with people about Twitter or trying to exchange information while at conferences or other places. They will ask you what your Twitter handle is. This is your name with the @insertname. This is how they can search for you and track you down. When you want to tweet someone always start with the @ symbol. As you begin to type your list of people will show up based on letters chose. You can let others see the tweet if you don't start with the handle. If you start with the handle, then only the people who follow the you and the person you are writing can see it.
    #FF
    This one is a newer one to me, but as I continue to explore and learn more about Twitter I see a great benefit to being part of the masses and use this. This is a hashtag, but one that stands for "Follow Friday". On Fridays you will see people tweet #FF followed by a bunch of handles afterwards. This is kind of like a Twitter holiday where it gives you a chance to share out people that you think others should follow. It helps to spread the word about people on Twitter that need to be noticed.
    @reply vs @mention
    I talked about this in Task 4, but just to clarify one more time.
    The way you phrase your tweet makes a big difference in how it is delivered.
    A @reply (when you start a Tweet with handle) can be seen by you, the person you sent the Tweet, and anyone who follows both of you. However, it does not go into the news feed for all of your followers.
    “@coffeechugbooks Yes, I love to drink coffee too!”
    You would use this method when you don't think the message is of any value for everyone to read.
    A @mention (when you start a tweet with your message with the Twitter handle included within the message) can be seen by you, the person you sent the Twee, and everyone in your news feed.
    "Hello @coffeechug, what is your favorite coffee to drink?"
    Using this format your tweet will be seen by more people.
    Just one word can have an impact on how it is shared with the public and your newsfeed. Remember they are both public, but just show up differently.
    Objectives For This Task
    1. This goes back to Task #4, but is important to making connections so I am adding it again. Continue to retweet beneficial tweets. A key question is
    When Do You RT?
    I would suggest that you retweet for one of the following reasons
    Important for others in your network to read or use
    You want to share some news that you feel is worthwhile to spread
    Helpful article or thought provoking article/blog post
    Sometimes it is nice to share something funny like a joke.
    2. Begin to explore various hashtags and see what you find to be useful. We are covering Twitter Chats next so it might be good to find a few to possibly check out. I am already seeking advice on the good ones for people to check out.
    3. Direct Message someone. Just try it out. Test out how it works and how to access the messages. You can always DM me if you don't have anyone to message or not sure who to test.
    4. I know it is not Friday yet, but on Friday use the hashtag #FF to share out new people you have connected with through this journey. It is always good to give recognition. We are just like our students and it feels good to see our names!
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    Task 6: Twitter Chats
    Alright, we are going to host and run our very own Twitter Chat! We have been working through various tasks and getting used to Twitter and how it works. It is now time to plunge into the world of Twitter Chats.
    When? Tuesday, April 23rd
    Time? 8:30 pm central time
    Hashtag? #coffeechugPLN
    This task is a bit different from previous tasks. For this one I am asking for your participation. I am asking that you join the chat and test it out to see what it is like. It will help you connect and see how one of these sessions go. I hope that this will inspire you to find other chats and want to continue to be part of these one hour sessions.
    Here are the steps to ensure that any Twitter Chat is successful. At least this is what I will be using to get this first chat started and on the right path. I know there are many more steps, but in general I think these are key.
    1. Find a time. I hope this does not interfere with too many other powerful chats. I know that there are chats that are going on during this time, but I don't think that can be avoided anymore with so many to choose from.
    2. Hash tag as short as possible. I probably did not do a great job as the hash tag is #coffeechugPLN but it will have to do as we have been using that for the course so far.
    3. Create a supporting website- I have developed a page on the PLN Crowdsourcing wiki for educators
    4. Find experts in the field- I will be broadcasting this chat out with everyone I know and hope that they will come and offer their expertise to those who are new to this system.
    5. It helps to have a co-host
    6. Tweet out reminders a few days out and slowly count down the time to help promote.
    7. Provide a summary of the chat. I will be doing this and sharing at the page mentioned above.
    Your objectives for this task.
    1. Try to make the #coffeechugPLN twitter chat.
    2. Have some answers to the questions prepped before so you can easily add websites, links, etc. to your tweets.
    3. Share and broadcast this chat to your networks. Be part of the movement to connect others to join our chat.
    4. Test out some 3rd party software(our next task in the course) like Tweetchat or Tweetdeck to help follow the chats more easily
    4. Think about being a host/co-host for a future chat.
    - Let's Do This!
    Task 7: 3rdThird Party Software
    We are coming close to the end of this course on Twitter for educators. Hopefully by now you have started to become comfortable with using Twitter to connect and communicate with other educators. As you continue to dive deeper into Twitter you will find that there are tools created by third party companies to make your life much easier.
    This particular task is twofold.
    1. I want you to play around and explore some tools designed to help you make better use of Twitter. I have provided a list below of tools to use. I am an avid fan of Tweetdeck. That is my go to source when doing Twitter chats and when I want to follow a certain hash tag or person. I have referenced Tweetdeck before in the previous tasks. However, I don't want my use to be the only opinions that you follow. Check out the list below. Test these out and find one that works best for you.
    Tweetdeck -
    This is my go to tool for Twitter. I have this installed on all my computers. What I like about this tools is that it allows me to create a column for whatever I want. I have one for my interactions, several for my favorite chats that I participate in, one for my messages, and sometimes I follow just one person if I have some high level engagement happening. I am constantly adding and deleting columns based on needs. Very helpful for using during chats.
    HootSuite
    Buffer
    SocialOomph
    Twirhl
    http://tweetchat.com/
    2. When you find one that suits your needs and interests do a little write up on the wiki page under the tool that you used and explain what you liked or disliked about the tool. By crowdsourcing our ideas we can gain a more well rounded perspective of the tools. Be sure to tweet out to the #coffeechugPLN network when you add to the wiki so we can read what you shared.
    Besides Twitter tools to help with chats and following hashtags there are some nifty websites out there to help analyze your data of your networks as well. These are not a necessity, but do help to give you a broader sense of your network and things you are doing. Take a look at these just to explore. If you have another tool be sure to add it to the list.
    http://mentionmapp.com/
    http://tweepsmap.com/
    Your goal for this task is to explore and play. It is not designed to overwhelm you. There are many tools available. The key is to find the ones that work for you. I cannot determine that, but personally I use the Twitter app for my phone because it is simple and easy and I use Tweetdeck. Those are the two that I use. Others swear by other tools. Explore and please share our your findings on the wiki so others can use it as a reference and compare notes.
    When we chat next on Tuesday perhaps you will be able to test out one of these new tools to see how it works out for you.

    Task 8: Build a Following
    The last of the major tasks(there is one left after this!) is focused on leaving you independent and free to create connections and expand your network. I hope that this final step leaves you with some general ideas to grow your following and enhance your PLN(Personal Learning Network). Remember this whole course is part of a crowdsourcing wiki so if you have other ideas and further suggestions please edit the wiki and enhance the course content.
    Without further ado, here are my final ideas to leave you ready to tackle the world of Twitter on your own.
    1. Show your face - We have talked about this earlier in previous tasks, but I think this is so important. Now this does not always have to be serious. BUT, it does need to reflect who you are. You could create an 8 bit pixelated image of yourself or a cartoon style. Let the image reflect you. Change it up from time to time. I know I don't like things to be the same so I am constantly creating new to keep myself current with where I am in my life.
    2. Interesting Bio - don't forget to go back and revisit this. Maybe you are ready to edit your bio from where you started. I think it is important to revisit this every few months to see how you want to change. Maybe you won't want to, but at least taking a look at it will allow you to reflect on yourself which is always important.
    3. Share worthwhile content - I am on Twitter way too much. I am a junkie. Through it all it is important to share quality content. This is a learning process. I have made my fair share of non important tweets, but by sharing quality content it will make other people follow you because they won't want to miss out on what you are sharing. On the flipside, if you share a bunch of junk, then you will lose followers because we don't have time for that. People check Twitter quickly so make it count!
    4. Stay active - Be sure to not leave your Twitter account idle. Check in and see what is going on. There is no need to play catch up as you will just stress yourself out, but don't sit and do nothing either. People will drop you like a bad habit. Be in the now!
    5. Join chats - Probably the best thing about Twitter. These hour sessions can leave you loaded with new ideas, connections, and resources. Chats will connect you with new people and expand your network. It is always a win win situation.
    6. Help others by retweeting - Help others. Don't be selfish. Don't always self promote. If people are seeking guidance or help, RT. If they share something good, RT. Spread the wealth!
    7. Golden Rule - Do I really need to explain? This rule applies here in Twitter also! We sometimes forget that there is a human on the other end of the tweet.
    8. Give more than ask - This is key. Be a helper. Just like we teach our students. Lead by example. Be a model learner and teacher. Give help. Share ideas. The more you do of this, then the more people will help you.
    Keep these eight tips in mind when working on Twitter and working to connect and build your network. Before long it will just happen automatically.
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    Task 9: Final Thoughts and Reflections
    This last task is really a reflective process. It is designed to help you think back to where you started with the course and to also help me make the course better.
    If you could please take a moment to reflect on what I have tried to put together to help teachers learn Twitter I would greatly appreciate it.
    I am leaving things wide open for you to share what you will, but here are few things to think about to get you started.
    1. What was helpful to you?
    2. What else do I need to add or did I forget to address?
    3. How was the flow and layout?
    4. Did you see your Twitter presence expand during the tasks?
    5. What was not so good?
    6. What would you like to learn next?
    I am going to try and create this into something more visually appealing and in a better structure like a book or document of some sort. I know it has some things to be worked out. If you do indeed make in through please share it out on your networks and include #coffeechugPLN.
    I just want to help. That is my only goal with this project. It stemmed from a presentation I gave to my staff and talking with teachers in my office. I hope I accomplished this goal.
    Thanks for taking time to go through the course. I hope the database was helpful. I hope you are all connecting and helping each other. We are always on Twitter ready to connect and help so don't hesitate to tweet, retweet, or direct message.
    If you could email me your reflection I would greatly appreciate it. My email is aarmau@gmail.com
    Mid Point Reflection
    Task 10: Twitter Abbreviations
    Due to some issues in getting things pasted here properly I am just sharing the link.
    http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/04/coffeechug-pln-twitter-for-educators_25.html
    Task 10:
    Task 11: Twitter Lists
    http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/04/coffeechug-twitter-task-11-making-use.html
    If you have found a good chat through this course please share

    Twitter Chats For Educators
    Twitter Help 102: Hashtags, Chats, Q and A, and Tweetdeck

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