Monthly Archives: October 2013

Twitter 101

How to Create a Twitter Account:

  1. Visit http://www.twitter.com
  2. There is a “sign up box” (or https://twitter.com/signup)
  3. Enter your email address, you name and a password … & then just click “Sign Up”
  4. Now here’s the hard part … choosing a username! Trust me … this isn’t as easy as it sounds … at least it wasn’t for me! 😉
  5. Go to “Create my account” and then follow the prompt so that they/we know you’re not a robot 😉
  6. You will recieve a message at your email account … and accept.
  7. & that’s it folks!
  8. Oh – posting a pic & a bio is a good idea. “Eggs” are often Spammers and you do not want to be mistaken as one
  9. Dive right in and play. Find people you are interested in connecting with … who do they seem to follow and chat with?
    There are also some great #chats out there! Have a look around … you’ll be amazing at what you find!
  10. Consider using a social media dashboard like Hootsuite.com in order to manage incoming messages

Basic Twitter Lingo

# Hashtags – connect a stream on consciousness
@ + usernames = the  link to a Twitter profile
DM = (d +space & username) a direct message between you and other; not seen publicly
#FF = “Follow Friday – use it to suggest fab tweeters others might like to follow
RT – when you re-tweet a message you think others ought to see – share!
MT – if you have to make slight changes as there are only 140 characters to play with – & share again

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Twitter Chats at #ecoo13 – Bring IT Together

I am so excited to be sharing my passion for Twitter and Twitter Chats at the Bring IT Together Conference (http://bringittogether.ca) (#ecoo13) next week.
You see, seldom do I get up on a soapbox …. however … in breaking with tradition …. I am doing just that …
You see …
I believe that not only is it to our benefit, but I believe that it is in fact our professional responsibility to be connected educators — to establish and participate in our own professional online learning networks.
After all, if we’re asking our students to become authentic, involved, digital, global citizens — we ought to be doing the same …
We should be teaching them about global citizenship and learning along side them.
& you know, now that I think about it– I really don’t believe that any one group has leveraged the true power of Twitter in quite the same way – in quite  as powerful and meaningful a way – as teachers.
I believe that Twitter and Twitter Chats are among the most effective ways to reach out to, learn from, and share with other connected educators in a professional, productive and positive manner – to engage in online learning experiences in real time.
& so … if you are at all interested in learning more … in learning how to set up a #chat … or just want to encourage a colleague or two to get onto the Twitter “Bandwagon” 🙂 then I look forward to seeing you at Bring It Together #ecoo13 next week in Niagara Falls.
It’s going to be a fan-ta-bu-lous 3 days!
Hope to see you at : http://lanyrd.com/2013/ecoo13/schfqy/
Cheers,
Ally

Test Taking Strategies in a Grade 5 Class

Although I introduce, model and review many test taking strategies with my students, I tend to include those below on the 2nd page of every test (after the “cover”). …. & so I thought I’d share today!

Introductory Strategies:
1. Go over the test as a class. Ask for clarification as we address each question.
2. Highlight important words.
3. Make note of those questions that seem the easiest to you. Mark them somehow, and do them first. This will “get them out of the way”, make you feel good – show that you know your stuff – and are making progress. Feeling positive and making progress immediately will give you the confidence to move on!

Mid-way Strategies:
1. Half way through the test we will put our pencils down and grab a hoola-hoop! Let’s move and stretch and twist! Let’s have a “Hoola Break”! Fun! Fun! Fun!

End Strategies:
a) When you are done, put the test for one side.
b) Do something else (e.g. read, write in your Journal, engage in an iPad activity (math app., country research), do a word search, a maze or a puzzle until I say “Stop”. (You may also choose to doodle or draw a picture on this page should you wish.)
c) When I give you “the go ahead” return to your test with “fresh eyes”. Pay close attention to both the questions and to your written responses. COPS your work.
Attend to what you see – wonder – think – & feel.

I do hope that these prove useful to some of you. I wonder what other wonderful strategies are out there ……

Cheers,
Ally