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Social Media for Learning: Twitter for Online Discussions



Presentation for the Social Learning Summit 2012 - sponsored by Classroom 2.0 and the Discovery Educators Network

Presentation for the Social Learning Summit 2012 - sponsored by Classroom 2.0 and the Discovery Educators Network



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  • [[Room Facilitator will open the Session]]
  • [[Melissa and Laura each introduce themselves]](Our pictures, titles etc., twitter accounts Who we are and brief history of our involvement with Twitter chatsOur roles in #IOLChat
  • [[Melissa]]This is our agenda for the sessionPrompt everyone to login to Twitter if they have accounts
  • [[Laura]]What is a live chat?
  • [[Laura]]Example of one tool to help monitor a hashtag is TweetChat – (point out how the hashtag helps to filter the tweets, etc,)
  • [[Melissa]](From the white paper – suggestions for how a live chat might be used in a course – point out that there are other uses to, such as posting class announcements, virtual office hours, etc.)
  • [[Melissa]]Facilitating a live chat comes down to three sets of tasks – Before During After, At the end of the session we’ll provide these in the format of a checklist with more detail, but for this session we’ll introduce the basics. …
  • [[Melissa]]
  • [[Melissa]]
  • [[Melissa ?]]Pros/Cons from K-12 perspective
  • [[Melissa]](Push link to the White Paper PDF through the Collaborate chat window)
  • [[Melissa … and Laura!]]
  • [[Melissaw/room facilitator who will close session]]

Social Media for Learning: Twitter for Online Discussions Social Media for Learning: Twitter for Online Discussions Presentation Transcript

  • Social Media for Learning:The Twitter Alternative toOnline Discussion ForumsMelissa A. Venable, PhD & Laura Milligan #SocialLearningSummit– April 21, 2012
  • Welcome! – Inside Online Learning Melissa – Education Laura – Editor and Writer/Blogger and Social Media Manager, #IOLchat Moderator #IOLchat Coordinator
  • We have a lot to cover!• Introducing Twitter Chats• Examples in Education• Planning & Facilitating a Live Chat• Benefits & Challenges• Resources Backchannel: Are you logged in?
  • Introducing Twitter Chats“A live chat can take place when all participants are online at an agreed upon day and time, using a common hashtag to indicate that their tweets are part of a unified discussion.” (Venable & Milligan, 2012)“One in every 40 scholars is on Twitter, on average tweeting about five times per week.” (Titlow, 2011)
  • Examples in Education• As an option to, asynchronous threaded forums within the course LMS.• Review reading assignments comprehension and progress.• Propose solutions to a given problem scenario.• Conduct an introductions session.• Invite a featured guest to answer student questions.
  • Before a Live Event• Participate in another chat• Create a hashtag (#)• Decide on a discussion topic• Develop specific discussion questions• Announce the time and date• Recruit an assistant• Start slowly - run a “test” chat
  • During a Live Event• Get the session started• Facilitate conversation• Manage the logistics and your time• Conclude the session
  • After a Live Event• Generate a transcript• Write a summary• Continue the conversation, asynchronously• Prepare for next chat
  • Benefits & Challenges(+) Free accounts, Web-based access, Privacy options(+) Opportunity to model online communication, presence(+) Many uses in the classroom : announcements to live discussion(+) Not just for class! Professional development options (-) Twitter for ages 13 and up (-) Safety issues& public nature of the platform (-) Media, Information, Digital literacies Is it right for you and your students?
  • A Few ResourcesLondon School of Economics & Political Science. (2011).A guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities.Perez, E. (2009). Professors experiment with Twitter as a teaching tool.Titlow, J. P. (2011). How scholars are using twitter (Infographic).Venable, M. & Milligan, L. (2012). Implementing Live Twitter Chat Discussion Sessions.Blue bird image credits: JadeGordon, stock.xchng
  • Thank you!Let us know how you and your students are using Twitter!Melissa A. Venable,