Workshop for health professionals: How to use Twitter for connecting & collaborating

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Here is the presentation to support a workshop that I ran for health professionals on how to use Twitter for personal and professional networking, learning and collaboration, at the 2012 Breathing New Life conference in Melbourne. Workshop program can be found here:

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  • How to use Twitter for connecting & collaborating Sarah Stewart 2012
  • Plan for today Set the scene Basic how to Have a play Advanced how to How to use Twitter professionally Conclusion workshop-for-health.html
  • Setting the scene What do you already know about Twitter? How do you use Twitter, if at all? Any particular questions you have, or things you want to know?
  • Introduction to social media 5
  • The way we learn, teach,work, play and communicate is changing
  • gone are the days whenthe family turned to theencyclopedia Britannica forinformation. My familysbookcase is the familycomputer - Google, itunes,online auctions, research,websites and blogs. Tania, midwife
  • What is social media?
  • Social media aretechnologies that facilitate interactive communication,
  • sharing,
  • collective wisdom,
  • participation,
  • openness,
  • freedom,
  • and social networking.
  • Social networkingconnects
  • especially those who are geographically and professionally isolated.
  • Provides access to up-to-dateinformation for evidence-based practice
  • Facilitates national andinternational communication,
  • collaboration,
  • professional development,
  • and life-long learning.
  • Development ofcommunities of practiceand learning networks,
  • support,
  • and
  • A number of challenges:
  • computer/digital literacy skills,
  • access to computers and Internet,
  • fears about privacy and confidentiality,
  • institutional computing policies and filters,
  • attitudes to social networking and computers
  • attitudes about life-long learning,
  • and concerns aboutquality of information.
  • My story
  • Midwife
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • EdD student
  • Gardener
  • Rugby fan
  • Basic how to* Set up account* Fill in your profile* Write a tweet or two* Find people to follow* How to reply to someone* How to send a direct message* How to re-tweet a message* How to send a url in a tweet
  • Having a playHospital midwifeStudent midwifeCommunity midwifeResearch midwifePregnant womanNew mumObstetricianBirth unit managerMedical student
  • Advanced how to*Hashtags*Attending Twitter events eg #phdchat,#RNchat, #HCSMANZ*Managing Twitter with tools such asEchofon or Tweetdeck*Twitter on your mobile phone
  • How to use Twitter professionally?What do you think are the main issues?How do you think we can manage these issues?
  • Conclusion:10 top tips for using Twitter 2
  • Be prepared to give time to networking and dont expect things to happen over night
  • Be consistent about how you brand yourself
  • Be open
  • Focus on what you can give asopposed to what you can receive
  • Focus on quality, not quantity
  • Be authentic
  • Practice what you preach
  • Always respond to people when they contact you
  • Post at least a couple of comments per day
  • Do it!
  • Sarah Stewartsarahstewart07@gmail.comTwitter: @SarahStewarthttp://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com