Getting started with Twitter, Google+ and Blogging

Because #oclmooc is a hybrid between a course & a community there will be conversations taking places in different spaces. Three of these places are Twitter (with the #oclmooc hashtag of course), the #oclmooc Google+ Community and participant blogs.

Some of you use these tools on a regular basis, or have tried them before. For those of you who haven’t, here are some easy to follow instructions for getting started.

Getting started with Twitter

Twitter is an easy to use micro blogging tool – micro because posts can be a maximum of 140 characters. It doesn’t sound like much, but a lot can be shared in a Twitter post, including photos, videos and links to blog posts.

Here is a short video from Explania which introduces Twitter and the steps to getting started.

For those who prefer written instructions, Jesse Stommel uses this Getting Started with Twitter handout when he introduces Twitter to his university students.

If you are just learning about Twitter, please don’t think it’s just for following celebrities, or posting updates about your pets; educators from around the world use Twitter to connect and collaborate.

Here is Alec Couros outlining how to use Twitter effectively in education. Alec will be joining us for the final webinar of #oclmooc on October 30th at 7 pm MST.

The Teachers Guide to Twitter from Edudemic outlines some of the ways educators and other learners can harness the power if Twitter. It also includes a great list of education related hashtags, and suggests 100 ways to use Twitter – don’t worry you don’t have to try them all.

Once your Twitter account is set up, send us a Tweet using the #oclmooc hashtag and introduce yourself or just say hello.

Getting Started with Google+ Communities

The #oclmooc Google+ Community is available for longer conversations. In order to join you will need to set up a Google+ account if you don’t have one already.

If you’re new to Google+, you may want to learn about some key features, including how to ‘share’ posts, reshare them and how to use Google+ circles.

This video by Kevin Brookhouser introduces Google+ Communities for Educators. After watching it, don’t forget to join the #oclmooc Google+ Community.

Getting Started with Blogging

There are many free tools you can use to set up a blog, three easy, free choices are WordPress, Blogger and Edublogs.

This short video by MathewRoss4 explains how to use Blogger and WordPress

Here are written instructions for setting up a WordPress blog, Blogger’s Getting Started Guide and instructions for getting started with Edublogs.

If you would like to learn more about how blogging can be used in the classroom, check out third grade teacher Mrs. Yollis’s post about the of rewards of classroom bogging.

We look forward to connecting with you in these spaces.

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