Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mighty Zite 4 U -- Tweet it!

Personalize your iPad with your own magazine with Zite, a free app that learns from what you read to the app presentation fit what is interesting to you. Then use Twitter to tweet what you have found so others can learn too.

Zite in the app store or link from Zite, and Twitter is ready to install on your iPad under Settings (see below).

For Visual Learners: Watch these videos on computer or iPad. You can pause, learn, play. Click the link, then let it stream before pressing play.

Zite: What and How
Twitter: What and How
and if you haven't watched the Evernote vid: Evernote

Zite is your magazine (click image for larger view):

Just click "Save Profile" and create your profile. You can have more than one profile; just remember to be kind and professional in all your interactions and work.

Click the customize button at the bottom of the screen:

Choose "Google Reader" and login to your nsdeagles account. Grant access.

Click the options button at the top right of any screen and tell the app what you like by selecting "like" and any topics.

 This will add more stories like this to your magazine.

You can save favorite links right to an Evernote notebook.  If you watch the video, you'll also learn how to save and work with your own nsdeagles YouTube channel (name it nsdyourlastname; mine is nsdedwards).

You can also 'tweet' information you think others would be interested in with your Twitter account (please also create it as nsdyourlastname; mine is nsdedwards .

Zite is a social magazine for learning, sharing, and tracking the news important to you and your interests.


Twitter is a microblogging platform in which users share resources, discuss ideas, and collaborate all in 140 characters.

Video -- play, pause, learn, play -- Twitter: What and How

Click the image for larger view of a partial image from Kathleen Morris's post about Twitter.

In the image below you will see 15 excellent educational resources highlighted, discovered in just a few minutes: I logged in, I searched for "#elemchat" and read and chose resources from the tweets. Everyone in this section is relevant to my teaching today -- from math/standards lessons to rubrics to assessment to science tools.

Twitter does not consume your time; it saves time by providing answers to your questions, current research and resources, and links to webinars and further information.

How do you get started? Open your settings, go to Twitter, install the app, and create an account. Please create an account nsdyourlastname; mine is  nsdedwards.

Open the Twitter app, and go to your profile -- see below -- and click 'edit profile.'  If you don't have bio info, others will not follow you. A picture is also helpful.
See the little note icon at bottom left? Click it to add a note-- 140 characters including spaces:

Be sure to click 'send.'

Your message will appear on your profile.

Here I have sent a note to a friend, Mrs. Denise Krebs. Her username is mrsdkrebs, so I address the note as @mrsdkrebs

I asked her for her ideas about Twitter. Her response:

What do the icons mean on top of each message?

Still, why Twitter?  

The sixth, seventh, and eighth grades students at our school and two Iowa schools learned the Parts of Speech together in a collaborative project using Google docs. The whole project began in Twitter:

A sample of our messages:

The best way to learn Twitter is to just lurk a while. Go to 
Cybraryman's Twitter Chat page and select a chat about your interests.  Type the name ( including the #  such as #3rdchat or #spedchat ) into the search bar at the top of your Twitter page. You will be taken to the most recent conversation in that chat, like  the #elemchat previously discussed. 
Read a few, click on a person's name that has tweeted something you like, and click 'Follow' by their name. 

Soon your timeline will be filled with tweets by those people. And soon they will become your friends in your professional learning network (PLN), just as @mrsdkrebs, @tracywatanabe, and @plnaugle and so many others are to me. 

More Twitter Info:

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