Day 25 Twitter for Teachers – TweetDeck
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Day 25 Twitter for Teachers – TweetDeck

Welcome to the 30 Day Twitter Challenge
for Teachers with Eric Langhorst, a
step-by-step guide to getting started and getting the most out ofTwitter. Hello, my name is Eric and you’re in Day 25 of Twitter for Teachers, a 30-day program to
help teach educators how to use Twitter. Today’s topic is
TweetDeck. So as you begin to add followers and you
participate in edchats, Twitter can get a little bit complicated,
it can be a little confusing so third-party application like
TweetDeck often times helps people manage their
Twitter accounts and makes it in a little bit easier to
control all the stuff that is happening on your tweet stream. So let’s use an
analogy as we get started. Think about your Twitter stream as being
a large river, constant information flowing down this
river. I’s hard to manage and kind of view all the different things
that might be important to you. So what TweetDeck does is on your computer
screen it creates different columns that track
different things. things that you set up. So for example,
you could create a column that’s going to only show the tweets
that include your name. You can include a column that only includes all the tweets that have a particular
hashtag. So for example, if you are a social studies teacher and you want to track what’s happening
on the hashtag #sschat all day, you create a column for that particular
hashtag and every time somebody tweets using the hashtag it is going to show up in your column. So
this is particularly helpful if you’re following an edchat, you can
create a column for that edchat and all of the tweets using that hashtag
are going to be in one specific place. At the same time that you’re monitoring
that column you can also monitor any tweets that are
specifically mentioning you by using your Twitter name in a tweet. So think of TweetDeck as being a way to
create that one large river and separating it into different
channels and then you can manage those channels. So for example I follow over 1,000 people on Twitter so
I can’t possibly be watching all the time, but if somebody uses my
username in a tweet, primarily because maybe they want me to
see the tweet or respond to a tweet, that’s going to show up in one
particular column of TweetDeck and it doesn’t matter if I see that
tweet happen live, I can go anytime to TweetDeck and I can
see that particular column of notifications. So for a lot
of people TweetDeck is a way to manage and make it a little bit more
controlling so you have access to what you want to find in Twitter. So when you check out the resources for
today, there are several videos, and really this is one of those things where you have to see what it looks like to really understand it. There’s some great tutorials, I’ve included
some great videos that kind of walk you through what TweetDeck looks like. So go ahead
and check those out first and then your task for today is to go
ahead and create an account with TweetDeck. There is no
charge for it is completely free I’m just wanting you to try it out
for a week. Most people the try out TweetDeck
use it constantly. I very rarely go to the actual Twitter
app or Twitter web page. I use it with TweetDeck. So I want you to
just try it out for a week and see if you like it. In a particular, go back to the
assignment we had in the past that talks about finding an edchat that you want to follow and try following an edhat live using
TweetDeck and I think you’ll find it a little bit
more manageable than just trying to use the Twitter application. So that’s your task for today. Find out about TweetDeck and then go
ahead and set up an account for it. Tomorrow on Day 26 we’re going to talk
about some options that you have if you want to record a chat in Twitter. So thanks for watching today. We’ll see you tomorrow on Day 26 as we talk
about recording chats in Twitter. Thanks. Thanks for watching. Please check out the
entire collection of tips to help teachers use Twitter at

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