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Much Ado About Twitter Valencia

Much Ado About Twitter Valencia



Presentation for INTED2010, Valencia, Spain 8-10 March 2010.

Presentation for INTED2010, Valencia, Spain 8-10 March 2010.



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  • I'm a fully paid-up Twitterer: I've 3 Twitter accounts, have been active since April 2008, have sent 400+ tweets, am following 200+ and amfollowed by 175+.
  • I think using a social networking site for an educational forum is a bad idea. Apart from anything I do not want to become a twit … […] It's all very well for University Societies to use these facilities, they being socially founded and of little consequence. However to use them as a basis of collaborative learning is, in my opinion, unprofessional. Email to Tony McNeill (12 October 2009)
  • We created a Twitter account for the module.
  • We established a hashtag that we’d encourage all students to use in their tweets.
  • I sat down with the module leader and showed her how to use Twitter, explained its various features. We sent test tweets in the week before the start of the module.
  • Vanilla Blackboard site but attempt made to establish some form of visual continuity with Twitter account through use of Photoshopped iconic Shakespeare portrait. We created an area on the Blackboard site for documents and links relating to the use of Twitter on the module.
  • We also created an area on the Blackboard site for documents and links relating to the use of Twitter on the module.
  • We created a group using TweepML enabling all students to follow one another.
  • Tweet an answer to the question, ‘Is Isabella justified in her decision not to sleep with Angelo?’ and justify your answer. Tweet as if you are the character of Katherine responding to all of the critical debate about whether your final speech in the play (about submitting to your husband) is sincere or not. 1. Tweet an idea for your creative project. 2. Tweet a love poem in the voice of Romeo or Juliet. 1. Tweet one good thing about the module. 2. Tweet one thing about the module you would like to be changed. Tweet one helpful secondary source you have found for your essay that isn’t on the module reading list.

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  • using Twitter for a final-year Shakespeare course
  • About me Tony McNeill Principal Lecturer in Educational Technology Academic Development Centre @anthonymcneill http://www.scribd.com/Tony%2McNeill http://www.slideshare.net/amcneill/
  • About my Twitter projects Supporting student engagement with Twitter 3 projects: English Literature (18) Media & Cultural Studies (80+) Engineering (200+)
  • Student resistance to Twitter
  • Established a hashtag
  • Staff development
  • Created schedule of activities
  • Modelled good practice
  • Offered encouragement
  • Summarised and supported
  • Getting to grips with Twitter
  • Social interactions
  • Resource sharing
  • Peer acknowledgement
  • Engagement with activities
  • Discussion of coursework
  • Problems and queries
  • Tweets by month Oct: 81 tweets Nov:15 tweets Dec: 6 tweets
  • Tweets per student
  • Twitter accounts pre-module
  • Two positive views
    • I was already addicted to it - I use it as a way of keeping in touch quickly and conveniently with people
    • It is ok, good way of keeping in contact with some people
  • Four negative views
    • Much prefer Facebook as you're not restricted on the word count. And more applications.
    • Was not interested, seemed complicated
    • Slightly self indulgent …
    • … thought it seemed boring compared to MySpace and Facebook
  • Students mainly indifferent
    • Didn't think about using it as I was already on Facebook
    • I didn't really think about it, as I already had Facebook
    • Same ideas as Facebook
    • … just another social networking site. Nothing special. Celebrities used it.
    • I felt it was a celebrity marketing tool
  • What Roz said Because I don’t go on Twitter a lot, I didn’t become second nature to me just to go on it; it was something I had to think about. I think it [Facebook] would have worked a whole lot better; I think you would have had tweeting every day … well, not tweeting, facebooking every day, … um … commenting everyday.
  • What Amelia said Starting the module, I was quite interested to see how it would work. I started, I did use it and then it sort of dropped off my radar just ‘cos I wasn’t using it everyday or whatever. […] I love the idea of Twitter but I guess it’s [i.e. not using it] almost entirely because my close friends and family don’t use it.
  • Technology-mediated routines A lot of my friends say they do the same; they’ll go and do their work, their coursework, but before they can even do anything they check, it’s like a routine: you check your emails and you check your Facebook. You get distracted for about an hour and then you start doing your work. But you always leave Facebook on in the corner just in case someone might want to get in contact with you. (Roz)