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Twitter in Higher Education

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A brief introduction to using Twitter to support professional development and teaching from the perspective of a chemistry lecturer.

A brief introduction to using Twitter to support professional development and teaching from the perspective of a chemistry lecturer.

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  • http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/06/08/twitter.school/index.html
  • to tweet is to contribute, connect, query, consider, collab w/ global everyday people choosing to improve just like yourself
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community
  • @NatureChemistry FYI, we've used it to commission non-research pieces; to get ideas 4 editorials; to flag up content; to interact w/ community

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  • 1. Twitter & HE Dr Simon J. Lancaster Tweet including #BIOLT13
  • 2. @S_J_Lancaster: Tweeting  “Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user's profile page.” Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter, accessed 1/5/2011.  Reasons to Tweet: 1. To keep in touch with the subject / education community. 2. To facilitate your life. 3. To provide a novel and very immediate means of communication with students over a particular topic or module.
  • 3. @CHE2C32: Supporting a Module  Example tweets from @CHE2C32 :  Please remember to put #CHE2C32 in your tweet if you want it to feature in the lecture. @CHE2C32 just addresses it to me its not the search term.  "Super-toxic" dimethylmercury is this week's Chemistry in its element #podcast subject. Careful now! http://bit.ly/cHswSp  Example tweets from followers (students):  @CHE2C32 made some great black shiny crystals today :D  @CHE2C32 Tutorial work and dolly mixtures - happy times :)  @CHE2C32 is in the house and my experiment chooses this time to start going wrong. Thank you God.
  • 4. Science and Education @NatureChemistry Nature Chemistry “RT @CHE2C32: Just writing a short talk for #VCE2011 on using Twitter in Chemistry. Any comments gratefully received.” @TwitterBulletin News, Status & T “Twitter as a Teaching & Learning Tool http://bit.ly/nu6CMN“ @ChemConnector ChemConnector “John Cleese does chemistry : sciencebase.com/science-blog/j…” @ACSpressroom Michael Woods “Scientists find crystals that may have formed in the primordial cloud that produced the sun and planets bit.ly/rqAZOk” @GradeGuru GradeGuru “Will a Harvard Professor's New Technology Make College Lectures a Thing of the Past? http://ow.ly/5Uhdj @good #highered #edtech”
  • 5. Twitter Polling
  • 6. Widgets
  • 7. Tweetbeam There are many (web) apps designed to project a real-time Twitter-feed.
  • 8. Twitwheel Twitwheel is a highly visual way to see who is part of a discussion.
  • 9. Storify How do we combat the transient nature of the Twitter feed and make a lasting record?
  • 10. Achieve a critical mass • Follow the tweeps in this list: https://twitter.com/S_J_Lancaster/education • Use an avatar (to replace the egg). • Retweet freely. • Glossary Tweep – someone who tweets tweetup – physical meeting of tweeters RT – retweet MT – modified tweet #ff – follow Friday
  • 11. Conclusions • Twitter is incredibly powerful. • More information then we could ever process. • The potential for exponential dissemination. • Twitter is a public forum and should be treated as such. • Using it as non-compulsory addition to modules requires considerable perseverance and creativity. • For an academic its strongest suites are personal and professional development and networking. • Twitter incorporation does not need to be exclusive. • Tools exist to present and archive tweets.