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Twitter is a microblogging tool that allows people to share their thoughts and activities with others. In 140 characters you can tell the world (or a group of followers) exactly what you are doing. I use twitter for a huge range of reasons. I have conversations with other educators, request help and have made some amazing friends. I also get an enormous amount of resources and teaching ideas from my network. There are also so many excellent resources and sites shared on Twitter - normally people actually link the site and you can go straight to it from their tweet.

To sign up you need to give yourself a username and password. Your username can be your own name or a nickname - it's up to you. You then write a wee spiel about yourself and start following some people. Try some of the people below. You can also add your name to this list too. You can opt to protect your updates so that people must request to follow you - quite handy if you are concerned about your students checking on you!

I asked some of my Twitter colleagues what they valued about twitter and these were their responses:
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Here is a video about Twitter:



Advice for new Twitter users: check out this fantastic blog post by Sue Waters.

NZ Educators you should follow:

Twitter Name
Location
efreeman
CHCH
barbs1
Hamilton
mrw00dy
Hamilton
heymilly
Auckland
Keamac
Auckland
j_lietze
Tauranga
shazzandrob
Tauranga
allanahk
Nelson
lenva
Auckland
heheboy
Hamilton
suzievesper
Wellington
fionagrant
Auckland
achurches
Auckland
tonitones
Hamilton
fievels
CHCH
ageja
Wellington
MattJamesThomas
Tauranga
rachelboyd
Nelson
mthomasnz
Auckland
dorothyjburt
Auckland
rbvandijk
Tauranga
SarahStewart
Dunedin
janenicholls
Dunedin





International Educators:

Twitter Name
Location
suewaters
Perth, Australia
annieb3525
Victoria, Australia
pgeorge
Arizona, USA
Laurenogrady
Melbourne, Australia
jessmcculloch
Warrnambool, Australia
nrwatkins
Victoria, Australia
Steve_Collis
Sydney, Australia
kjarrett
NJ, USA
jutecht
Shanghai, China
tasteach
Tasmania, Australia

Check this link out for other ideas from Twitterers:
http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dhn2vcv5_819cbw8pngh