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School Library Tech Camp - Thing 4: Twitter & the Backchannel




The Twitter Life Cycle

(from flickr user cogdogblog)


Twitter is one of the easiest ways to connect with colleagues and share ideas. If your friends and family are using it, it's also a handy way to keep up with their news. Twitter sounds odd at first, but once you’ve developed a good network, you'll likely find it very useful. It’s a great way to broadcast a question to a large group of people all at once, share your experiences with others and connect with other professionals.


Wondering why you should bother?


Twitter forces you to be brief in your notes - you only get 140 characters. These messages, known as tweets, appear in a steady stream of messages on the screen. You see messages of the people you are following. The people following you see your messages. You can also send private messages to people through the Direct Message feature. Longer discussions can be followed up via email.


Nicole Engard has a nice introduction to twitter: All a Twitter and Tweeting: Introduction to Twitter for Librarians


The "backchannel" refers to people using twitter during presentations to share what they're learning and comment on what is being presented. Some classrooms are using twitter and other tools to share ideas and questions during a class. Some librarians are being invited to be part of the backchannel during classes to answer questions and direct students to good resources.


Meeting tools such as CoverItLive and TodaysMeet are set up to combine tweets about a meeting or class and messages posted directly to the 'room' by participants who aren't on twitter. An example of CoverItLive being used to follow a conference and being replayed later. And another CoverItLive example.


There's more on Backchannels in a later section of the workshop.



Uses in Schools



  • Sharing ideas in a classroom.
  • Students forming their own learning community.
  • Students connecting with experts and gathering information.
  • Schools sharing information with parents and community. Do a twitter search on high school to find many examples.
  • is an alternative twitter-like tool that is designed for use by educators.




Just join twitter!


  1. Go to and click on the big Sign Up Now button
  2. Asks for: name, username, password and email address. You don't need to give them your full name if you don't want to.
  3. You can add more information (or not!) to your Profile through the SETTINGS option after you login.
  4. If you want your tweets to be private (only available to followers you approve), go to SETTINGS --> ACCOUNT.
  5. Twitter is a very lonely place if you don't follow people! Share your twitter name with the class. And use the FIND PEOPLE option to search for other people by name, organization, email.
  6. Tweet something! If you write tweets about the class this weekend, put this special tag in each post #slstechcamp. This is called a 'hashtag' and helps people follow a specific topic.
  7. Some folks to follow (in absolutely no particular order!)
  8. Some twitter lists of librarians and educators - see who other people are following. You can add their list to your account, or create your own!


  1. Register your Twitter name  - register your name so we can all share ideas on twitter.

    (list of participants) 


Twitter Tips 


  • Find people you know and follow them. They'll likely follow you back!
  • Follow people who share lots of ideas and links.
  • Answer other people’s questions.
  • Share your ideas! You have lots to offer.
  • Ask questions.
  • Build your network slowly. If people see you’re following 500 people and no one follows you, they’re not likely to start following you!
  • Say hello to people when they follow you.
  • Share a bit of yourself, it’s about getting to know people too.
  • Write a short note about yourself in your personal profile.
  • Use twitter at a conference to network, follow sessions you can't attend and never be alone for a meal again. (unless you want to be!) 
  • Your tweets can be kept private – only seen by your followers. Under SETTINGS, check the PROTECT MY UPDATES box.
  • Use the twitter search feature to find information on hot topics.
  • Join in a twitter chat. Check this chat schedule to find something of interest. 


More Resources





Tweets from our class






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