Until recently, my experience with Twitter has been limited to just following gossip blogs, famous people and educational companies.  While at a Region X/XI meeting, my eyes were opened to a completely different use for it.

TweetDeck ( is a free download for Mac and PC that allows you to view and organize your twitter feed in ways you never thought possible using columns.  With this program, you can add columns to your deck based on lists of people you follow or hashtags for which you regularly search.  Instead of having a single timeline, you will have multiple feeds based specifically on your interests.  Simply click Add Column in the top left corner and set your parameters.

I like using the Search and Lists parameters.

Search allows you to enter a hashtag and build a column around it.  Lists allow you to create categories for the people you follow.Below are some of the hashtags you may want to create columns for:
#kinderchat (or replace with your grade level)
#mathchat (or replace with your subject)

Below are some people you may want to add to a list:

Talk with your campus technologist about other hashtags or people to follow on Twitter.  If there is one that you highly recommend, please post it in the comments!

The link below is a quick start guide for using TweetDeck.

A username and password (separate from your Twitter account) is required.  You must download TweetDeck to your computer, unless you use Safari or Chrome as your default web browser.  For those browsers, you can access tweetdeck online by going to  Chrome also has its own app for TweetDeck that you can install.  Happy tweeting!