5 PD Points

What is it?

Twitter is a social networking, news, and microblogging service that allows you to send out short messages called tweets. One of the great things about Twitter is that it is accessible on your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone.

The answer to the question on the right is: YES!

This module will teach you the lingo, tips, protocol, and importance of Twitter which will generate a PLF (Professional Learning Family) you'll always want nearby. Let's dive in!

Task #1: Watch this How to Use Twitter Tutorial

HCS Social Media Policy

“Social media” refers to any Internet-based software or service that allows users to interact with others via the posting of messages, files or other content. Examples include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google +, You Tube, Pinterest, blogs, online letters to the editor, forums and chat rooms.

Per policy GBBD, employees shall not post any comment or picture involving any School Board member, employee, volunteer, student, professional/contractor of Hampton City Schools without his/her express consent (unless performed as part of official duties within the public relations area).

This policy means that employees should not be posting pictures of the list of individuals above on their personal social media pages. Of course, we love to spotlight our schools and usually through pictures and/or video. Staff who take photos/videos should provide these to their school media reps to post on their school's/department's official "registered" page. This also assists with ensuring students who have opted-out of media participation are not captured in photos and posted.

Twitter Lingo:

Find your Flock:

Want to get the most out of Twitter? Follow the RIGHT people. Find professionals with shared interests and passions who share valuable and relevant content.

This list below can help get you started:

Educational Thought Leaders to Follow- Twitter


A hashtag is simply a word with the # symbol at the start, which is used to categorize a tweet so people can find the tweet more easily. For example, if I were to share a tweet about some creative use of Flipgrid, , I might end the tweet with #googleeedu or #gafechat or both.

Figure out the hashtags that apply to your areas of interest, find Tweets with those hashtags, and then potentially follow the people who posted those tweets.

Jerry Blumengarten’s has compliled a huge list of educational hashtags. Search these Educational hashtags for ideas: It's like a digital conversation with common themes and ideas- which conversation/topic do you want to learn from and contribute to?

Twitter Chat:

Another great way to find people to follow is to participate in Twitter chats. A Twitter chat is an event scheduled for a specific time (usually an hour long) on a particular subject (like favorite Chrome extensions for students) using a designated hashtag (such as #gafechat). Usually there is a moderator who will ask questions of the group over the course of the chat, and anyone participating can answer the questions and share their ideas by tweeting with the chat’s hashtag.

Twitter chats move VERY fast with lots of people posting, so it is helpful to set up a Tweetdeck column for the chat’s hashtag. Most chats also get archived and all recorded comments can be viewed later on a specified website as indicated by the moderator.

Educational Twitter Chats Calendar- try a Twitter Chat out- even if you lurk, you will still learn from others with your interests!

Tweetdeck- web app that allows you to create custom columns, where each column pulls in tweets based on criteria you set. For example, whatever hashtag you enjoy, you can create a Tweetdeck column that only shows tweets with that hashtag,

Task #2: Set up a Twitter Account- How to set up Twitter Guide

Earn PD points!

To earn professional development points, 1. Create a Twitter account. 2. Fill out this Google Doc (it will force you to make a copy) and submit the link in our submissions form at the bottom of this page.

(This course is worth 5 points.)