Twitter and tweeting sparks many questions and doubts for first time users:
What do I tweet about?
Why would anyone care what I tweet about?
Who do I follow?
These are valid questions, and I had to facilitate a lot of the answers and general understanding of Twitter (and communications as a whole) for the teens participating in the URBAN Teens eXploring Technology 2013 Summer Hackaneer Academy.
Across 8-weeks I worked as part of the leadership team to develop programming to help jumpstart these teens experience as techpreneurs. My areas of focus were social media, communications, market validation, product and market research, and general leadership development.
As part of my chunk of programming I created a workshop that aimed to break down the barriers that a lot of first-time Twitter users face while teaching more advanced users some alternate uses for Twitter.
Also, the workshop aimed to frame Twitter as a tool for developing professional and personal relationships, generating opportunities, and participating in conversations with people in relevant communities.
Here is how we executed it:
Broke up the teams into small groups of 3-4
Each small group was given a list of challenges
Via Tweetdeck I monitored progress as they accomplished challenges
They had 30 minutes to accomplish tasks
We had a 15 minute debrief of the lesson
Main take-aways and outcomes:
Public speaking (driven by the challenges)