Your Twitter Feed: Building your Personal Library (with hashtags)

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Using hashtags can be a powerful way to find the users you want to follow so that you can build a rich Twitter feed.  There are two key ways to use hashtags for this purpose.

  1. #FollowFriday

Here at #OSSEMOOC, we have explained the #FOLLOWFRIDAY or #FF process here.

Please watch this video to see how you can leverage #FOLLOWFRIDAY to add #onted educators to your twitter feed.

2. You can also search hashtags that represent your education interests, and follow people who make interesting posts.

A fairly complete list of education hashtags can be found here.

This screencast demonstrates the process for you.


Take some time today to continue to build your Twitter feed by using #followfriday and other hashtags that interest you to locate educators who share learning that will be helpful to you.


Your Twitter Feed: Building your Personal Library (with lists – part 2)

In our last lesson, we looked at how to follow Twitter lists that are curated by others, in order to build a rich Twitter feed that will provide us with meaningful learning.

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In Ontario, there are a number of helpful lists to get you started in following people who share information and learning opportunities that are of interest to you.


Here are a few examples:


Heidi Siwak:


Jennifer Casa-Todd:


Harry Niezen:

Classes Using Twitter

Julie Milan:


George Couros: (SeLNO 2015)


Do you know of other interesting lists you can share?

Please tweet them using the #OSSEMOOC hashtag and we will add them here.


Spend some time today continuing to build your Twitter feed by looking at lists provided by other Twitter users.



George Couros: Must Follows for educators new to Twitter:




Your Twitter Feed: Building your Personal Library (with lists)

On Twitter, your “feed” is composed of all of the tweets posted by those you follow.

As a new user on Twitter, you want to craft a feed that meets your learning needs.  This means that you will need to follow Twitter users who tend to share the things you want to learn about.  If you are a grade 9 Geography teacher, you may want to follow other grade 9 Geography teachers (if extending your practice in this area is your main purpose for being on Twitter).

However, you may also want to follow educators who add to your PLN in a more general way, such as those who challenge our thinking around assessment and those who are learning more about inquiry learning in the classroom.

Unlike social media sites like Facebook, you don’t need permission to follow other people on Twitter.

Unlike other social media sites, on Twitter you won’t even attempt to read everything posted by those you follow.  Twitter has tools to help you separate out the really important information from the “stream” that you have created, and we will explore these in the next few days.

Today we are focusing on creating a rich stream of information.

Not everything in your feed will be valuable.  The trick is to create a feed that will provide you with some learning that you need each time you quickly dip into it.

It all comes down to who you follow.  So how do you decide that?

There are many ways to find interesting people to follow on Twitter.

One method is to look at the lists curated by other educators.

Here are some basic instructions on how to use lists to build your feed.

For further thinking, try accessing the link below.

How I Use Twitter Professionally by Brandon Grasley

Tom Whitby’s suggested list for educators.


Refining Your Purpose On Social Media

Why are you here?

Before we start really leveraging a tool for learning, we need to think about what we are trying to accomplish.

No doubt you know that Twitter is a nearly endless source of information for professional learning.  That fact alone is enough to turn people away.  It’s just too much.

Twitter is like a massive library of information – that just keeps growing and growing.  The important skill is to be able to pull out what you need from the entanglement of ideas, links, images, videos and questions.

So, then, why are you here?

Ask yourself that question before you get caught up in this rapid flow of information.  Keep in mind as well that you will not be able to keep up with everything.  Focus on what you really want to learn.  This week, you will learn some of the tools to help you find precisely what you need.

Tom Whitby explains this better than anyone I know.  Please take time today to read his eloquent piece on how to effectively find what you need as an educator on Twitter: Whom Should I Follow on Twitter?

If you are new to Twitter, please check out our resources:

Twitter for Absolute Beginners

Twitter is Where it is Happening (includes screencasts with instructions)

Course Overview – January 11, 2015

Welcome to Leveraging Twitter for Rich Professional Learning.

Leveraging Twitter is a MOOC-style course.  Learning opportunities have been organized for you.

Please take advantage of all of the opportunities you can.  Invite colleagues to share the learning materials and conversations. Everything is free and completely open to anyone.

We are here to support you in your journey to becoming a connected leader.

Please feel free to leave comments on this blog at any time, or email OSSEMOOC for support (OSSEMOOC at gmail dot com)

Course Overview:

Week 1: Building and Refining your Professional Learning Network (PLN)

Week 2: Twitter Tools for Learning

Week 3: Twitter chats and conversations


A Course or a MOOC? January 11, 2016

As we work to get our last few participants set up in our course, we would like you to think about how this course is different from others you may have “taken”.

This course is a tiny MOOC. What does that mean? We think Dave Cormier explains it really well. For the full video, check out our OSSEMOOC site here. For more information on kinds of MOOCs, an explanation can be found here.