Ever feel like you’re on the outside, looking in? It’s not a bad thing! If, like me, you are not attending either of the “biggie conferences” this weekend, you can still keep connected to those who are and learn vicariously though them.
Getting Live Feeds
First, you need a Twitter account. (If you have never used Twitter, now is the PERFECT time to see this powerful learning tool in action – promise!)
Have no idea how to get started? Visit David Wees’ “Eight Videos to Help Teachers Getting Started Using Twitter.” He includes information on not only how to sign up for and customize your Twitter account, but also videos on how to use Tweetdeck, an application that simplifies and organizes your Twitter experience.
The Twitter client I use is HootSuite which is an online application (you don’t have to install anything on your computer). There are many YouTube tutorials to help you get started with HootSuite, but I’ve embedded one below you might want to watch.
Once you have chosen your Twitter client, you want to set up columns, or threads, based on hashtags. Then either Tweetdeck or HootSuite will do all the work of finding the conference tweets for you and you can sit back and let all the conference updates come to you!
American Library Association Conference – #ALA11, #ala11
International Society for Technology in Education – #ISTE11, #iste11
Let the Learning Begin!
Some of the best professional development of the year is about to begin. Are you ready?
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“Cold Light” by Scott Ripton (Quasic) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ripton/3108800277/