Power of Connection (Nagasaki)

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The Power of Connection How Twitter (and the Internet) Can Make You a Better Teacher Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto @ barbsaka

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Do you ever feel alone? Like no one understands the challenges you face as a teacher?

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You are not alone!

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Every day, teachers just like you are learning together and supporting each other online working together

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They’re creating L earning N etworks P ersonal as unique as you are sharing and collaborating always available online PLN

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I asked the teachers in my Twitter Network:

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U.S. U.A.E. Thailand U.K. Australia Norway They answered . . .

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Turkey Denmark Germany Japan Canada U.K. Brazil . . . and answered . . .

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U.S. U.K. S. Korea Australia U.S. Japan U.K. . . . and answered! Twitter is like having a 24 hour, global p ersonal l earning n etwork.

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Baby Steps If you can text, you can tweet!

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Never share your password Choose a short username Create a free account at twitter.com

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How do you find people to follow?

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Guaranteed nice, always helpful teachers who share a lot!

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http://twitter.com/barbsaka/starter-pln You can “follow” everyone with one click Or pick and choose folks to follow

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You can probably skip this step

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Don’t forget to add me! @ barbsaka Who else?

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Confirm your email address

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Use a real photo Include key words like ‘teacher’ ‘teach’ ‘children’ ‘EFL’ and ‘Japan’ Create your profile

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Next steps

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Ready to start?

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Check your followers. Block anyone who looks suspicious--0 followers, 0 tweets, following 1000 people. (No one knows if you block them.) The Internet is forever. If you wouldn’t want your mother to read it, don’t post it. Protect yourself from spam. --Avoid Twitter games and activities that ask for your password. --Never click on links in direct messages. (unless you know and trust the person)

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When someone follows you: Go to their profile page

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Check profile and tweets. If you like what you see, follow them back.

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If you aren’t interested, don’t follow them back. If you REALLY don’t like them, block the account.

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Learn the local language RT= Retweet When a tweet is good enough that you want to share it with your network. Short links. You only get 140 characters. Total. # + tag Hashtags are like labels. They help you search by keywords and join conversations. 2 types of tweets @ barbsaka (a public message or reply—everyone sees it) D barbsaka (a “direct” message—only I see it)

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NOW you’re ready to go! What can you do with Twitter, anyway?

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stay informed

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http://twitter.com/ORT_Japan Learn about new resources

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http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Barn Find online resources for you and your students

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http://www.oupjapan.co.jp/gradedreaders/ort/media/ORT_phonics_teacher_overview.PDF Learn how to teach phonics with Oxford Reading Tree

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https://www.oupjapan.co.jp/teachers/kc_handouts.shtml Find videos and handouts from past workshops

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Find teaching resources

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Practice other languages # twinglish

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Get lesson ideas

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Find pictures for flash cards

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Find new ideas for teaching

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Discover interesting blogs . . . . . . and know when they have been updated.

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What about tags? How do they help?

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Find a community of EFL teachers #EFL

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Join a weekly discussion with teachers from around the world. # ELTchat

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You can follow ELT Chat on tweetchat.com, too!

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Collection of links shared each day http://paper.li/barbsaka/starter-pln

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Follow your professional organization, or follow a conference. # jalt #jalt2011

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Organization is the key Filter information coming in Tag information going out

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Use tools like Twitter lists or Tweetdeck to organize messages. One column? Not so useful. Lists? Better.

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Groups make it easy to filter information

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update search/ add column quick profile translate shrink auto shorten add a hash tag

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Tags make it easy to organize your bookmarks, and to find them again later.

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Social bookmarks are online instead of on your computer . Social = Shared Bookmarks = Links Online = Always available

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Twitter can make you a better teacher because it’s the easiest way to build a powerful personal learning network. live connection to teachers around the world 24 hours a day tools, websites, blogs, and articles come with personal recommendations collaboration and sharing made simple like having a teaching conference at your fingertips Come on, join the conversation!

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Visit http://teachingvillage.wikispaces.com download this slideshow get links to the websites mentioned get more information about developing a personal learning network

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