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Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

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Our Twitter feeds and searches and Tweetdeck display panels are just fine for everyday purposes, but for special occasions–conferences, meetings, professional development, and, perhaps, classes, you may want to dress up your feeds. These four tools allow you to display @signs and hashtags in more attractive, perhaps more usable, ways.  I’ll demonstrate with #tlchat Tagboard (https://tagboard.com/) [...]

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis

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I love searching Twitter. And I love sharing how a Twitter search can dramatically impact student research, by connecting them with experts, encouraging them to develop current awareness, allowing them to listen in on the dialog of a particular field or niche, and, in some cases, enabling them to contribute to the conversation. Learning to [...]

One million tweet map

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Mommy, where do tweets come from? Now, there’s an easy answer thanks to the one million tweet map. Though this Mashable video ends with a Justin Bieber question, the map can be a media literacy tool, powerful for analyzing trends, how and where information flows, and perhaps, where and why it does not. It may [...]

Educational Twitter Hashtags, the infographic (updated)

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Compiled By: OnlineCollegeCourses.com So many of the teachers and teacher librarians I know continue as unconverted.  They don’t yet see the value of Twitter as a tool for learning and keeping up.  Beyond the walls of their own schools, they have yet to build a PLN. This new infographic from OnlineCollegeCourses.com offers quick visual reference [...]

#tlchat live & get ready for more Café

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We’ve been playing around with the idea of beginning a live focused conversation around the hashtag #tlchat for quite some time.  It’s the start of a new school year.  Why not now? The goal is to get a conversation going on a particular evening around a focused topic, much in the same way that #edchat [...]

Twiplomacy and tools for social network research

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A couple of years ago, while our students were engaged in a Middle East peace simulation, we discovered that Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.  In fact, we discovered that at least three folks who called themselves Benjamin Netanyahu were tweeting. Once we distinguished the real Bibi from the imposters, the students representing him were golden. They were [...]

#highschoolchat: Help Erin raise the student voice!

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It’s tough to make a hashtag sticky.  Especially if you are a high school junior. So I hope you will share this with your own students who want to share their voices. A while back I introduced you to Erin (@talkabouths).  She’s one of those students who is passionate about raising her own voice.  She [...]

Join the SomeWhatVirtualBookClub on Twitter (#SWVBC)

It’s time for the voice of student readers to be heard on Twitter! After our first few synchronous SomeWhatVirtualBookClub meetings, it occurred to us that we could expand our discussion to include more clubs and more kids if we moved some of our discussion to Twitter.  We hope your clubs will join us! After a [...]

#highschoolchat (Let’s help Erin get the student hashtag rolling!)

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For a couple of years now, my students doubted me when I passionately shared the many ways Twitter helps me connect and learn.  Those kids who have been exploring real-time search with me are beginning to see it.  And Erin believes. I’ve been guiding Erin’s recent efforts as a blogger through her independent study with [...]

Mobilize for help and hope: Petition Obama & Twitter bomb Senate!

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It’s time to act!  This week, promise to raise your political voice by participating in two political activities to save libraries for young people! 1. Sign this petition now. I share this email from good friend and LJ/SLJ/The Horn Book publisher Ian Singer who forwarded a passionate plea to several of us yesterday: My friends [...]