(by Barbara Bujtás)
Twitter has proven to be a fast news channel of the IATEFL Glasgow conference. Tweeters recommended and back-channeled sessions, there were actual discussions on sessions, and in many cases participants tweeted links of video sessions. As a participant, one doesn’t necessarily have to tweet, they can just follow the tweeters who are often referred as ‘Personal Learning Network’ (PLN).
This week has been quite efficient in terms of Twitter use for professional development. There are a number of new users who decided to join the tweeting community after seeing the advantages. IATEFL Hungary’s Glasgow Online After party session turned into an offline PLN where members actually helped each other understand the whole business the best possible way. Online PLNs are really growing like grass after the rain, no wonder, it’s spring huh!
So for all the new twitter fans, please take this freshly made spring recipe collection
7 day Twitter diet
Spring is here, and 80 % of people think it’s high time to lose weight, 10 % go on a cleaning diet. There is another 10 % hmmm.. They ….
Well, if you are just about to start a spring diet of some kind, why don’t you try IATEFL Hungary 7 day Twitter diet?
There are basically two components. One is of course exercise, the other one is food.
Get a mobile device (your mobile phone, iPod, iPad, mp3 player, your kid’s mobile device or any of your students’ gadget confiscated for inappropriate use during lessons). Choose one that can play music and you will also need earphones. Any music will do, there might be a radio in your phone, just perfect. Put on comfy shoes and clothes, insert the earphones in your ears and switch on the music. Spend 10 minutes walking to the rhythm of music, whatever it is.
Done? Great! Feeling fine?
Substitute one meal a day with 10 minutes of using Twitter according to the programme below. Don’t overdo it! It might cause serious health hazard!!! (those who don’t want to lose weight may consume a 100 g bar chocolate or a four cheese pizza meanwhile)
Register on twitter. Once registered, close the window. Now open a window, type twitter.com, sign in. Type “iateflhugo” in the search box on the top right. When you’ve found this user, click on “follow”.
Congratulations! You have just completed the first day.
Day 2 (follow day)
Go to twitter.com. Sign in. Click on user iateflhugo. Click on ‘Follows’. Follow all the people iateflhugo follows. Now choose three of them, read their profile information and follow 10 people they follow each. There might be cross sections, never mind.
Day 2 done.
Day 3 (hunt day)
Sign in to Twitter. Wow! Look at your wall! Now you are hunting for links. Links are strange animals, study them carefully.
Find five links, click on them. This is how you shoot them, that is. Each link is more or less a surprise. Open them. Aren’t they great?
Day 4 (sniff day)
Now you are to sniff around and find more people to follow. There are many ways to find people, now try these two:
Twitter automatically offers you people to follow based on your previous follows. You can read their bio, you can see what they post and you can follow them. At this point your task is to follow as many people as possible. (in 10 minutes, of course. As it is he fourth day, if you really want to spend more time there, stay for an extra 5 minutes, NO MORE! It’s addictive!
You may have followers, right?
It’s time to give them something:)
Hunt for 5 links again and choose the one you like the best. Go back to the tweet where you found it. Find the Retweet sign, it means that you share this tweet with your followers, thus making them happy:)
You have completed the mission! Probably you have lost half a kilo, relieved a lot of stress by walking to the rhythm of music and learned the basics of using Twitter as an online PLN tool.
You can unfollow anyone any time, no worries! You can as well commit Twittercide (=kill your twitter profile by deleting it) it happened to Gavin Dudeney’s profile, from whom I first heard of.
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