I analyzed thousands of tweets and this is what I found
Your clicks tell a story. Your interests. Your problems. What you think is funny. I looked at your clickthroughs on my tweets for the last 12 months. With over 100,000 followers, your clicks tell a fascinating story with a few surprises.
1. The Top-Clicked Twitter Link of 2014-2015 (1988 clicks)
Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, wrote the top clicked post. A teacher asked him how to make a collaborative multimedia collage. He suggested Thinglink , a tool adored by special needs teachers.
2. Sketchnoting (1745 clicks)
These were three different tweets. Don’t cry foul! They were all about sketchnoting. I added the word “Awesome!” and tweeted the first tweet again.
I found this resource by Smashing Magazine when learning how to sketchnote. It helped me. I tweeted it.
3. We Want to Be Memorable(1734 clicks)
4. Motivational Posters (1033 clicks)
5. Contests for Schools (734 clicks)
AWESOME CONTESTS: Calling Teachers and Students: 10 Ways to Win for You and Your School http://j.mp/1CvfP70 via @discoveryed
6. Everything You Need to Know About Sugar (591 clicks)
Many of us are obese.We’re looking for answers. The problem is that scientists don’t even agree. This post on the Atlantic examines sugar.
7. Productivity (525 clicks)
The Institute of the Future Think Tank says it well:
“We each have only one pair of eyes and ears, and more importantly, one mind to deal with the data.”
8. iPad Creativity (515 clicks)
Leah Levy’s post on Edudemic is a nice summary. Certainly, it is an excellent example of best-practice for curators of content.
9. Inside the Movement to Throw Out Grades (483 clicks)
This is a link to an Every Classroom Matters show. Or, at least it was. The site was upgraded and the link broke. I fixed the link with a new one above. This show conversation with Starr Sackstein and Mark Barnes discusses how “throwing out grades” works in the classroom.
10. How to Use Handwriting in Google Docs (474 clicks)
Richard Byrne is my go-to edtech geek. He shares how to use handwritten responses in Google forms.
Other Popular ClickThroughs from the Last 12 Months
|Tweet||Clicks||This Tweet Teaches:|
|http://j.mp/1K2FGq8||393||Curating lists of people is helpful to overwhelmed, busy educators. I trust Larry, so I followed everyone he recommended.|
|http://cctea.ch/ecm-109||386||Another popular Every Classroom Matters show|
||384||Google is hot, but this post was from a designer, not an education source. I tweeted it to #gafe – Google apps for Education.|
|http://cctea.ch/1czGRiw||377||One of the most popular posts I’ve written in the past year.|
|http://j.mp/1qmVhqe||374||My new book Reinventing Writing is popular. I’ve made videos and resources that I’m giving away for free on this topic.|
|http://j.mp/1FbPj3a||359||Helpful graphics from independent sources are helpful. Another great one from Richard Byrne.|
|http://j.mp/1xQXytB||343||A cool tool. There are people who copy tweets from others without giving credit. If you have time for that, this tool helps.|
|http://j.mp/1GtrNyq||342||Educators look for new ways to use older tools.|
|http://j.mp/19CC9Qg||335||Educators want help finding apps. This was also promoted by the cool folks at AppoLearning. You can search by grade level. Very cool.|
|http://j.mp/1sklE3C||331||Another mega-list by Larry Ferlazzo.|
|http://j.mp/1QCP0Sx||327||Another cool comparison graphic shared by Richard Byrne|
||325||Educators struggle to communicate with parents.|
|http://j.mp/1bEk0SF||321||Copyright and problems like hotlinking are often clicked. People want trusted sources of digital citizenship info and Richard Byrne wrote a mega-simple post.|
|http://j.mp/1C1cEza||310||The two pieces I wrote for Intel on Chromebooks remain wildly popular even 1 year later.|
||302||Rewordify is a popular tool. Now that Google is no longer supporting reading levels, we need these tools. Larry Ferlazzo wrote this helpful list.|
How did I get these numbers?
I use the Bufferapp to schedule tweets. This way, I can write tweets for the next few days in one sitting. So, when I’m teaching, I’m focusing on my students. I DO NOT tweet during the day unless traveling or on break. Buffer tweets for me when I’m doing other things.
Buffer gives me fantastic analytics. If I put on my business hat, popularity is like a mini focus group.
There’s only one problem. Sometimes I’ll use Hootsuite or Commun.it. When I tweet other places, I can go to bit.ly to get stats on overall clicks but they may not be from just tweets. So, I try to tweet from buffer as much as possible.
If you want to go back more than 90 days, you have to pay. (I’m on the $50 awesome plan. That is how much I depend on Buffer.) This is one of those few tools I pay for. If you’re not going to pay, you can still get analytics for the last 90 days. But if you’re just tweeting casually, the free plan and 90 days is enough.
Here’s the spreadsheet I downloaded to create this post: Buffer Stats for @coolcatteacher Click Through
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