Some advice for Teachers new to Twitter in the new term

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Getting ready to launch a Twitter broadcast season

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Some advice for Teachers new to Twitter in the new term

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Everyone seems to be writing a blog on different aspects of advice for new teachers.
Here’s some for a teacher starting on Twitter for the first time at the beginning of term.

1) Actively time your use of Twitter – use https://tomato-timer.com/ – be disciplined
2) Learn to use Twitter’s Advanced Search – https://twitter.com/search-advanced?lang=en – put in keywords at first; https://twitter.com/search-advanced?lang=en
3) Find out the best hashtag # chats where teachers are sharing resources and/or discussing information relevant to your key stage
3) Put people into lists you have created – compile a list of blogs that are useful to your professional development
4) The Twitter “like” button (little heart) is best used for tracking resources and threads but becomes unwieldly if used too often
5) Stay away from Twitter debates at first – they are a timesink – you’ll be far more productive and happier doing something else offline – see 1 above and 9 below
6) Learn how to use the mute accounts and mute keywords functions to filter out noise from signal
7) Don’t type/text anything to anyone on Twitter you wouldn’t say to them face to face in real life
8) Always give people the benefit of the doubt – don’t jump in half-cocked about a topic before reflecting first – be polite
9) If you get upset about something someone has posted, don’t dwell on it, leave Twitter – go out for a walk, read a book or do something more productive instead i.e. go to an education conference (best 2 grass roots ones are ResearchEd and Northern Rocks) or attend a local Teachmeet. If your Key Stage and/or subject is organised then seek out members and put them into a Twitter List then ask around for resources/ help
10) Follow up book recommendations – get your SLT to buy a staff CPD library or buy a couple of well stocked staff Kindles – keep up to date
11) Don’t believe anything anyone posts on Twitter unless you have 3 independent sources of verification
12) See 1

Getting ready to launch a Twitter broadcast season

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L4LTV_Studio

BUILDING A STUDIO

Over the last few months and years I’ve been testing and building a small TV studio to be able to do live and recorded broadcasts from my flat (or anywhere else for that matter!).

I did have some success with the first iteration a few years back, but since then, personal family matters have kept me from taking things further.

However, in the past few months I’ve built on that success and have been researching and testing how to push out content quickly and easily to people’s phones. I’ve been researching MOJO (MObile JOurnalism) kit and workflows and I’m back to strength in terms of beginning again.

I’ve researched countless mics, cameras and lighting and now I’m at the stage of being fairly sure I can broadcast out and livestream, recorded and live content, pretty much ad hoc at any time of the day or night.

This year I will have livestreamed both the Northern Rocks and the Research Ed Annual conferences. This will only build on that and all resources being put out by teacher communities.

WORKFLOWS

So now that all the technical content has been put in place I’ve been working on research and workflows in the last couple of weeks.

To be able to comment on and broadcast about the current teacher activity online I have to have a system that can easily capture information. It has to be quick and efficient and something I can read and mull over to refer to later whether it is a tweet; a blog; a piece of research; a pdf; a diagram or even a film, and viewable on any portable device I am carrying at any one time. I need to be able to retrieve, add notes to and then edit links to those resources quickly, and from that research write scripts /programme notes etc.

DEVONthink

My gotto program/ app is DEVONthink Pro Office (only available on the Mac). It is not cheap and I have the equivalent iOS apps installed on my phone and iPad so that I can view databases I have made with the relevant resources if I’m at the gym, coffee shop, library or (god forbid) my allotment. I can also capture and write back a link to that database (via Dropbox) from those devices.

SEARCH & TAGGING

In this process what became immediately obvious is that I needed to tag various resources so I can quickly retrieve them from the database on the go. For the last few months I’ve been religiously tagging all the content I’ve come across on Twitter put up by teachers. I use dedicated Twitter Lists to follow key people or groups and whenever they post a new blog or point to a new resource I snap it up, tag it and save to a DEVONthink Pro Database online.

In the last few weeks I’ve been linking the Alfred program on the Mac to a dedicated DEVONthink database search hotkey. I can now search and retrieve all the tags linked to documents on the database within three quick combinations of keypresses. This, for me, is pretty much research satori and I can pull up and amend/ copy any resource at speed.

 

WRITING

I use a program called OmniOutliner to put my thoughts down on and scaffold scripts – I’ll use Scrivener if I’m writing longer pieces – all these apps are also linked to databases in the cloud and, again, I can access them from wherever I am. But the most useful resource, I’m finding, to flesh out and rewrite stuff, is the old fashioned notebook. Now if only I could get some software to “read” my handwriting into a scan …

notebooks

 

NEW LIVE CONTENT

A new, live show will be broadcast out through Periscope and therefore through Twitter in the autumn. Look out for the tag #L4L_News
None of this comes cheap so I will also be launching a Patreon page for donations as content rolls out.

Update on Professional Video Streaming through Twitter

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This morning I finally cracked it. Good Video and superb audio with camera switching. I have been working on this for years and years! Definitely on course to broadcast out of Twitter by the end of the month.

I know I’ve said this again and again but all the elements had to be in place to get the best sound/ picture/ stream through the medium of twitter out onto a phone.

Here is my last public test before going live later this month.

Video livestreaming through Wirecast to Persicope and out to Twitter

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After a 7 month break, I’ve been working on being able to make quick video posts out through Twitter via Persicope generated by Wirecast software.

I have spent the last few days learning to configure a hardware switching box to make the whole process easier. I’m indebted to John at the Here to Record YouTube Channel who adapted the original code for the Korg nanoKONTROL midi controller from Mark at TTFN.

I can see this making my life a lot easier. Now for the autocue and other bits of paraphernalia to make the whole process complete.

360 test

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