Twitter Online Un-Workshop for edutwits

This workshop is in the process of being re-done, re-thought and re-designed. If you want to be notified of when it will kick off again as a synchronous Mini-MOOC, go and like my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/ict4champions

This “un”-workshop consists of about 18 days (and growing) worth of twitter activities which should assist you to see the educational value of twitter and get you into the swing of things! There is no time restriction on completing the un-workshop!!! This is about your own professional development! You can do it any time and take as long as you like to complete it (although I advise you to try and do it over a shorter period of time so that you do not loose focus) .  It should only take up about 15-30 minutes of your time every day. You can even decide to sit down and do a few “days” at a time. As this is an ongoing effort (to get teachers to tweet) we will also be updating the daily posts and adding stuff and additional days as we go on. So it is a workshop in the making with various collaborating teachers adding value. If you see that something has not “yet” been covered and you want to contribute a day, let me know! There will also be real time webinars scheduled from time to time to chat about your twails and twibulations with other edutwits!

If you want to receive a certificate of completion to hang on your wall (you will be a certified edutwit) you will have to officially register as well as complete at least the first 15 days (see top or bottom of this post) of all the daily activities. To see the criteria for certified edutwit-ness, click here.

So how do you get started?

The steps to become a certified edutwit is as follows:

What is this unworkshop all about?

The aim of this unworkshop is to help teachers and lecturers (especially South African teachers) to see how valuable twitter can be as a classroom and personal learning tool.  My mission is to get at least 500 new teachers to twitter for education!

Twitter has great potential as a creative and collaborative learning and teaching tool in the classroom. It AGAIN has been chosen as the number 1 learning & teaching tool by teachers globally, which shows that it is tool that has to be taken seriously.

Some of the reasons for using twitter as a teacher and in your classroom:

  • You can create a personal learning network on the fly
  • You can learn from others and get instant support
  • You can use this tool to teach your learners how to use social media responsibly
  • You can use it as a higher order thinking tool in the classroom
  • You can share resources, events, thoughts, lesson ideas… quick as lightning!
  • You can have discussions on topical issues in your classroom and in education in general.
  • You can use it to connect your class to other global classrooms and experts
  • ……………..

Obviously it is just a tool and learning and teaching only takes place if we use a tool effectively! The only way we can experience the value of twitter is to use it regularly.  So this online un-workshop will guide newbie twitter teachers or those wanting to learn about how to use twitter for teaching and learning, through some of the steps- from getting started, to creating a learning networks- to using the tool more effectively- to using it as a classroom tool- to sharing resources- to embedding it your school website, LMS, or your blog- to managing it -to using it as an on demand assessment and feedback tool-to……

The (…..) parts is where the UN part of the un-workshop comes in. Even though I, and hopefully others, will be providing structure as far as making sure that everybody will be getting some of the basic information and providing learning objects and references along the way, this workshop will be dependent on the input, direction and needs of all who participate. I will also invite my learning network to interact, support and share best practices with you and I am sure we will ALL be able to add value and direction to this unworkshop. So if you are part of  my amazing twitter PLN, please let me know if you will be able to mentor a few new teacher twits and get them to understand why we are a-twitter about twitter!

It will also entail some online ad hoc webinar (which will be hosted by Schoolnet) to help you connect and we even may want to meet face to face and have edu-tweetups all around the country?!!

Looking forward to interacting with you all! If you are a South African teacher please add #sateachers to your tweet. Our hashtag for this un-workshop is #ict4champions.

Daily tweetness:

 My time for developing and supporting this workshop  is sponsored by Casio SA. Thank you for making this un-workshop possible!!

5 responses to Twitter Online Un-Workshop for edutwits


  1. Hi Maggie! I’d love to help where I can.

  2. Hi Karen,

    Thanx – it will be really wonderful if you keep your eyes on the #ict4champions stream (https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23ict4champions) and welcome, support+ encourage the teachers as they come in. Also posting some useful links and giving some advice on how you use twitter will be great!

    Try and entice as many teachers as possible to join and actually sitting with them and showing them how to do it on their cellphones works well…..

  3. Marijana

    Hi Maggie, as a good user of Twitter I will also try to help by welocming others! Greetings from Croatia

  4. Hi Marijana what is your twitter handle?

  5. Marijana

    Hi Maggie my twitter handle is @mscro1, but I noticed you are following me already. Love your workshop, great for twitter newbies, but for me too as I have remembered how to make a classroom hashtag! Greetings from Croatia! I hope not to miss our next Wed webinar!

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