Twitter for Music Educators
When compared to Facebook popularity, Twitter does not have near the number of users. There are about 106 million users compared to Facebook's 500+ billion users. Not even close! But, there is something compelling Twitter has that Facebook doesn't. Twitter has the ability to allow users a simple interface for anyone to share resources like websites, blogs, pictures, and any info that is 140 characters or less. There is no need to "friend" a fellow Twitter user. A simple "follow" on Twitter will open the door to collaboration.
Twitter bleeds collaboration! It creates the ability for users to connect on a world-wide scale. Music educators can collaborate with other teachers from Australia to the UK, as well as throughout the United States. Basically, anywhere someone has a Twitter account!
There are two engaging discussions that happen on Twitter each week. #MusEdChat - Monday's at 8:00pm EST & #EdChat - Tuesday's at 7:00pm EST. To participate, all you need is an account and a Twitter client like TweetDeck or Hootsuite. This will allow you to follow the conversation in real-time using the keywords or hashtags #musedchat & #edchat. If I have lost you, have no fear. Read on!
How do I get started with #MusEdChat? Start here! There is a ton of information, including how the weekly topic is chosen and how to participate. I highly recommend reading the #MusEdChat Basics - by Dr. Pisano too!
Here are some other helpful resources to get started with Twitter:
- Getting Started
- Twitter Tips for Newbies
- Basic Twitter Terms
- What’s a ReTweet (RT)?
- Intro to #Hashtags
- The Basics of HootSuite
Please, if you are a new Twitter user, share your success story with a comment below or simply ask a question. I will always respond! If I don't know the answer, I will be able to point you in the right direction.