What are your keys to being productive? I want to know!

After reading several profiles of successful people in magazines, books, blogs, websites, and social media I have decided to begin to compile information about trends of people who are productive.

I have created a very short Google Form to gather and compile key aspects of being productive from people in all fields of occupation.

Below you will find seven questions. I will be sharing out what I find. Please help spread the word and have your friends and colleagues complete this as well.

I am excited to find out more as I am sure that there will be something we can all learn from.

This is one of the most exciting things I have decided to do. I thank you in advance for contributing to this little research project.


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#coffechugPLN Twitter Chat #5: Multipliers and how to lead

When: Every Tuesday

Time: 8:00 pm central time

Hashtag: #coffeechugPLN

After a brier hiatus from running the #coffeechugPLN chats, it has now returned. Please come join us for a great hour of discussion this Tuesday, July 9th. This week we will be talking about leadership. The ideas will be based on book Multipliers by Liz Wiseman. You do not have to read the book to join. Perhaps the discussion will motivate you to read this book.

Depending on chat, this might become a two part series. Here are the questions I have prepared for the chat in case you want to prepare a bit ahead. 
Q0: Introductions and what you have learned this week.

Q1: How do some leaders create intelligence around them, while others diminish it?

Q2: What could you accomplish if you could get twice as much from people?

Q3: What could you change or influence to get 2x as much from people? How do you do this?

Q4: How do you create a safe, open environment, but also relentlessly demand the best thinking and work of those around you?

Q5: How do you create intrigue rather than apprehension?

Q6: How does one become more curious? 

Q7: When something is off the rails, do you take over or do you invest? When you take the pen to add your ideas, do you give it back? Or does it stay in your pocket?

Q8: What would cause other people to become smarter and more capable around you?

Q9: What could people figure out on their own if you just gave them more space?

Q10: How can you get the full brainpower of your team or school/staff?

Q11: What is your Mission Impossible that you are going to tackle this year?
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Coffeechug PLN – Twitter for Educators Task 10: Twitter Abbreviations and Twittonary Tool

What do all the abbreviations mean? This was one of the many great questions from our first Twitter chat on Tuesday night. I am going to do my best to address them all or at least give you the tools needed to solve the issues yourself. This post will focus on abbreviations and what they all mean.

To read past tasks 1 – 9 you can go to the wiki and check it out. 

 I covered some abbreviations in the prior tasks, but only a handful. This is going to focus strictly on abbreviations and how to make sense of it all.

Step 1: Most common abbreviations
I have created another Google Document that is open and editable for anyone to crowdsource and contribute. I have tried to gather as much as I could, but I know I am missing some key ideas and abbreviations. Check it out and please add anything. Now keep in mind not all of these use the most professional language. I have included them in here because you need to know these. Whether someone uses them in your stream, a student is using them, or possibly your own child. It is important to be aware, but not necessarily use! I would read through before sharing at a school function or with students. Not all are safe for student eyes or school areas. I have not typed in the actual words, but you will get a sense without a problem.

Step 2: Using symbols
 Something that I don’t use very often, but sometimes is needed when tweeting and is one way to enhance tweets if used properly is the use of symbols. Twitter symbols all you have to do is copy them using Ctrl+C or a right click and copy and then paste into your tweet using Ctrl+V or right click and paste.
Check out the following website to get started: Twitter Symbols visit: Twsym.com

1. @

‘@’ or ‘at’ is used to tag other people into your comment, post, or message. When you add @, Twitter will notify the person you tagged. For example, you can type @Joshua and Joshua will be notified about the message you wrote.

2. RT (Re-tweet)

This is typed at the end of a post. RT encourages other people to re-tweet your post.

3. PRT (Please Re-Tweet or Partial Re-Tweet)

PRT sends a message to readers that the tweet has already been edited to accommodate the addition of username.

4. OH (Overheard)

OH is used during conference. OH signals readers that the source of the post is overheard from other source.

5. BTW (By The Way)

BTW is used to signal a change of topic. It has the same meaning with the word ‘segue’.

6. FTW (For The Win)

For the win is a positive remark done in Twitter.

7. FTL (For The Loss)

FTL is opposite of FTW. It signifies being frustrated, disappointed, dismay, and disapproval.

8. IRL (In Real Life)

IRL obviously tells you that not all things in Twitter or in the online world are necessarily true in the real world.

9. (FTF or F2F) Face to Face

This is a desire that a Twitter user wants to meet another user in real life (IRL).

10. IMHO (In My Honest Opinion or In My Humble Opinion)

This is to tell other twitter users that the remark made is based on personal opinion and not on facts. IMHO is also a way to assert one’s self without being too offensive.

11. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)

Simply means that your experience with regards to a product or service may differ from other people’s experiences.

12. BR (Best Regards)

This is a courteous way to ask for something. BR is also used when there is a dispute or to nicely introduce yourself.

13. B/C (Because)

B/C is used to cite a reason. This should not be confused with BCC which means blind carbon copy and is used in email.

14. JV (Joint Venture)

JV means collaboration between one or two Twitter users.

15. LMK (Let Me Know)

Simply means you like to be informed.

16. TMB (Tweet Me Back)

This is a request for another user to reply to a post.

17. DM (Direct Message)

DM means to talk to a twitter user in private.

18. LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

LOL expresses being humored.

19. IOW (In Other Words)

IOW lets you cite other words or perspective to express a thought.

20. IMX (In My Experience)

IMX expresses one’s experience.

21. # (Hashtag)

# sign is used to mark a particular trending topic. If you put a ‘#’ next to a word, you let your post to be indexed in Twitter’s search engine. For example, you typed #government. People who will search for the word ‘government’ will be able to find your post.

22. This.

It is a message that tells twitter users that the tweet is something of great interest.

23. TBH (To Be Honest)

This is a remark used to show people’s honesty and/confession.

24. MT (Modified Tweet)

It means that the tweet’s content has already been modified to about 1/3 of the original content.

25. ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

This is commonly used by internet marketers who utilize Twitter as part of their social media advertisements. ICYMI is very useful if you want to re-post something that you want readers to be reminded of.

26. +1

It is a demarcation that a post or tweet is being endorsed by other Twitter users. +1 has almost equivalent meaning with ‘like’ on Facebook.

27. H/T (Hat Tip)

H/T is another way of liking a post.

28. TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)

This is a very convenient way to summarize a somewhat long article.

29. |

This symbol is used to separate statements. Rather than writing the statement from one line to another, | is used to make the post look cleaner and streamlined.

30. SMH (Shaking my Head)

This abbreviation has different uses. It can be used to describe a wide range of emotion such as confusion, amusement, amazement, disappointment, and others. It can also be used as a stand-alone comment to a particular link or tweet.

31. BRB (Be Right Back)

It means that the user will be out for a short period of time.

32. EM or EML (Email)

EM is used to refer to an email server or the act of sending an email itself.

33. Fab (Fabulous)

FAB is an expression of amusement or amazement.

34. FYI (For your Information)

FYI is an opening or introduction leading to the presentation of information.

35. GTG (Got to Go)

GTG signifies the person needs to go immediately.

36. IDC (I Don’t Care)

IDC signifies being indifferent.

37. ORLY (Oh Really)

– See more at: http://www.twelveskip.com/tutorials/twitter/230/twitter-dictionary-top-37-twitter-abbreviations-and-acronyms#sthash.s0Kk1ya9.dpuf

Just double click the symbol to get it highlighted, copy, and then paste into your tweet. You can use other symbols, but this is a good start.

Step 3: Tools

Here are some other tools that fit into this category of symbols and abbreviations
http://www.twittonary.com/ – is an online dictionary for Twitter. It allows you to search for what things mean on Twitter. If you don’t see something on the Google Document above for abbreviations, then you might find it here. Nice to have when in need of explanation and don’t want to feel stupid asking the person that used it.
 http://tweetshrink.com/ –  is a tool designed to shorten your Tweets. Sometimes you just cannot get your point across in under 140 characters. This online tool will makeshift your message to make it fit. It is not always perfect, but does come in handy at times when you just cannot figure out what to do.
http://www.andrewt.net/abbreviate/index.php – is another option if you don’t like Tweet Shrink. I have not used this one except to test a few things for this post. The key here is just to play around with them and find the one you like.
Of you can be yourself and just rework your tweet to make it fit. Sometimes I use (1/2) at the beginning of tweet that I know will take two tweets to get across. I will type the first part up with this at the beginning. My second tweet will start with (2/2).

Closing Thoughts
I hope this answers this particular question. I will be addressing the other questions soon. I know we want to learn about creating and using lists and some other key features. All in good time everyone! I need more coffee to keep up! Just kidding, I love being able to help. Please let me know if this has been helpful by tweeting to #coffeechugPLN

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Twitter Help 102: Hashtags, Chats, Q and A, and Tweetdeck

I have created the second video for helping teachers and people who are new to Twitter. These topics are from general discussions I have had with teachers after my presentations I gave early this week.

You can access all Twitter information from my crowdsourcing wiki. The whole wiki is a crowdsourcing wiki experiment where it is wide open for people to add their insights, knowledge, tips and tricks to help teachers create a PLN and to help them crowdsource their ideas. Feel free to add to the wiki wherever you can. The more information we can provide, the greater the benefits.

This second video on Twitter will cover hashtags, chats, Q and A, and the tool Tweetdeck. The first video I created on Twitter just helped people learn how to follow and begin to create a PLN using Twitter after hearing about Twitter during my Crowdsourcing presentation.

With everything if you have questions, need further help or tips please let me know. I am working on a third video and will be working to enlarge the Twitter interface so it is easier to see in the video. I will be recording my phone screen for the next video to show how I use Air Server as a tool in my classroom. 

I hope this helps some people out. Have a great weekend.

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One Of My Favorite Tools: Sunrise

I have been using Sunrise for about  a month now and I love it.

Sunrise is a website that you connect with and in a matter of a few minutes you are all setup and ready to go.

From their website, 

What are you doing today?
Sunrise combines Facebook, Google Calendar, LinkedIn and more into a nicely designed daily email.
And it’s free!

 Basically, what happens is that you sign up and connect to the social networks that you wish to use. Then every morning you will receive an email in your inbox giving you the lowdown for the day.
 The email looks like this when it arrives(I did not show the birthday section for privacy reasons.)

I have my Sunrise connected with everything including all my calendars

Every morning when I get up and check my email with my cup of coffee I gave  quick rundown of everything going on for the day. It reminds me about birthdays as well.
This free service is great. It is just one of those little tools that I look forward to each morning. It does not take much time away from my busy schedule and it helps me get a better visual of what my day looks like. 
Check it out. The best part is that if you don’t like it, simply unsubscribe and you are out nothing.
What tools and services do you use to make your life easier?

Website: https://www.sunrise.im/


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