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Using microblogging in education - Workshop Villach ICL 2009


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This is a presentation (a draft one!!!) for the workshop "Using microblogging in education" , held in Villach, Austria, between 23-25 Sept. 2009, at ICL Conference,

This is a presentation (a draft one!!!) for the workshop "Using microblogging in education" , held in Villach, Austria, between 23-25 Sept. 2009, at ICL Conference,

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  • 1. icl09ws05 USING MICROBLOGGING in EDUCATION Carmen Holotescu & Gabriela Grosseck ICL2009 Conference, 23-25 sept. Villach / Austria
  • 2.
      • Let’s know each other
      • A short introduction in Social Learning
      • What is microblogging?
      • Overview of the microsphere / Generally uses
      • Discovery microblogging through
      • Educational uses of microblogging
      • What does the future look like? Microblogging Reflections
      • Where do we learn more?
  • 3.  
    • A short introduction
  • 5. RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007, microblogging-2008/2009 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 ) photo:
  • 6. Enhancing teaching & learning using Web2.0 technologies from Handbook of Emerging Technologies in Education: George Siemens, Peter Tittenberg (pg.34)
  • 7. Welcome to … your space
    • Which 5 web 2.0 applications do you appreciate and use most?
    • Compare your a-list with top at
    • Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009
    Photo Flickr by yanivg ,
  • 8.
    • What is it? And why should I care?
  • 10. A collaborative definition of microblogging generated by embedded in the note at
  • 11. Microblogging is a new form of blogging, with brief text updates of 140 characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3th party applications, which allows RT interactions between users.
  • 12.
    • photo:
    Microblogging is a collaborative technology
  • 13. Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
  • 14. photo: Microblogging platforms used in education
  • 15. Mar 2006 Oct 2007 Jan 2008 Sep 2008 Jul 2008 Dec 2007 Mar 2008 Overview of the Microsphere Timeline Elizabeth Koh, An overview of microblogging, , slide 16
  • 16. How microblogging tools work
    • Create an account. Sign in. Personalize it.
    • Search for other people to follow. Add them in your own network.
    • 3. Go to (your home) timeline. Read other peoples’ updates .
    • 4. Enter a message yourself (text, links, images, videos etc.)
    • 5. Go back to steps 3 and 4!
  • 18.
    • The most popular microblogging system
    • Launched in July, 2006
    • Robust, elegant and simple
    • More than 90 million users
    • Numerous mash-ups
    Social networking in 140 characters twitter
  • 19. Twitter Educational uses: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Reference services
  • 20. A video clip about twitter at embedded in the note at
  • 21.
    • a private microblogging platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments
    • features: Store and Share Files , Privacy Controls , Public Timeline (RSS) , Notifications (SMS) , Class Calendar , Assignments & Grades, Share Links and Embeds , Subscribe to Feeds
    • similar LMS
    „ Edmodo could be used for a wide variety of tasks and lessons. […] It could also be a forum for open discussion in an online course setting. In a one-to-one computing environment you could post a story starter and have each student add a sentence or paragraph to create a collaboratively written story. ” Richard Byrne photo:
  • 22.
    • a social journal for your life; a right-to-left scrolling “timeline”
      • „ My Plurk line, for me, is a broadcast medium - I want to put a message out there and share some information and to do that I need to keep the line clear for people to read and respond to. I'm not looking to gather information from other people there (have so many other places where I already do that). ”
      • Nick Peackey
  • 23.
    • only 10 minutes to setup the own microblogging network
    • useful for those devoted to a particular niche
    • a customizable and easy-to-use community space
    • sharing photos, files, links, locations and much more through a well known microblogging interface
      • „ We’ve all known it was coming, it was just a matter of time. Well, it has finally arrived and I’m thrilled to say that it was worth the wait. ShoutEm is a create-your-own-Twitter platform that works just as easily as Ning does.
      • Steve Dembo
  • 24.
    • an open source implementation of a distributed microblogging platform, CreativeCommons framework
    • full control of your data, meaning if you want to migrate to another service you can take it with you
    • allows you to post 140 characters messages
    • login with your OpenID
    • SMS updates and notifications
      • „ Discussing and proposing pedagogical approachs for education within the paradigm and assistance of Web2.0. ”
  • 25.
    • business oriented
    • used in a single organisation
    • attachment links, images, files
    • potential for schools
      • „ But I can see the potential for, say, a school . Certainly in the UK, [….] it would be really easy to set up a Yammer account for students and staff to collaborate with each other in a closed-off environment.
    • So, if Twitter seems somewhat too open for comfort, perhaps Yammer is the answer. ”
    Terry Freedman
  • 26.
    • more than 140 characters
    • c ommenting and "like" system
    • r oom / g roup creation
    • attachment links, pictures, e mbeddable widgets ( YouTube, Flickr, twitpic )
      • „ The option to create a private Friend Feed room could be a great way to create a back channel for your classroom or for any workshops that you may lead. You could also create a private Friend Feed room for your students to use as brainstorming area or a book discussion forum. ”
  • 27.
    • a micro-update communications for companies that gives employees the ability to:
    • instantly communicate their current status (collaboration in Real-Time)
    • ask questions
    • post media (share documents & media)
    • groups for keeping conversations organized
    • d evice s upport (computer, mobile phone, any device connected to the Internet)
      • „ provides a free place to get the same type of feedback as you'd gather on Twitter, but in a closed setting.. ”
      • Richard Byrne
  • 28. 5000 users interface in Romanian, English, German - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications
  • 29. Mindmap at embedded in the note at
  • 30.
    • brainstorming ideas – please add your thoughts
    Scribd paper: Can we use Twitter for educational activities? HOW MICROBLOGGING CAN IMPROVE TEACHING AND LEARNING
  • 31. Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Exploring the language Reference services good points:
  • 32. distr acting time -consuming rude ad dictive no social educational value bad grammar skills privacy spam meaningless without a network bad points
  • 33. What ‘s your attitude toward microblogging?
    • Use a single word and write it down !
    • Working in group, find images with flickr , flickrcc , compfight or !
    • Go to Photopeach and build your attitude in a digital storytelling!
  • 34. A slideshare presentation about collaboration on microblogging, embedded in the note at
  • 35. A photopeach presentation for microblogging metaphors, embedded in the note at
  • 36.  
  • 37. 5000 users interface in Romanian, English, German - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications WS group:
  • 38. Facilities (1)
    • public and private groups (courses, trainings, projects, events, internal communication, service, family, hobby, etc); group communication via SMS
    • polls , quizzes – online or via SMS
    • feeds monitoring (via SMS)(sites/blogs/social networks/search feeds – jobs, weather, reactions)
    • statistics, visualizations, tags. TUTORIAL
  • 39. Facilities (2) multimedia objects embedded in messages (information/communication flow): - livestreaming, - images ( flickr, tinypic ), - audio ( eok, trilulilu, deezer,, vocaroo, mp3 ), - (live) video ( youtube, dotsub, vimeo, seesmic, screencastle, screenjelly, screenr,, myvideo ), - presentations ( slideshare, capzles, voicethread, flowgram, photopeach, picasa, notaland, prezi, diagrammr ), - documents ( odf, odt, pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt ) TUTORIAL
  • 40. Who are you? Use multimedia object to describe yourself (, youtube or vimeo)
  • 41. information and knowledge management courses enhancement delivering entire online courses collaborative projects in universities communities of practice ePortfolios. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN Educational uses Users Grupuri Feeds Social networks
  • 42. PLN: users, groups, feeds interactions online, via ciripfox/ ciripgadget/ ciripAIR/FF Ubiquity, SMS, mobile, IM, mJava, API, twitter2cirip, rss2cirip messages, images, audio, video (live), presentations, files profile livestreaming cirip2twitter, widget, export notes on blogs
  • 43.
    • An online course about microblogging platforms
    • Research:
    • integrate microblogging with other Web2.0 technologies
    • microblogging platform as LMS
    • course facilitation
    Materials: announcements materials as LOM/SCORM objects
  • 44. Course elements: announcements modules - LOM/SCORM objects collaborative exercises multimedia messages poll/quiz/ comments via SMS (f2f) validations - interactions with users/groups
  • 45. Participation: built PLNs 42 members: students, teachers, developers, librarians 1100 messages
  • 46.
    • Collaborative exercises using different Web2.0 technologies:
    • puzzle images - flickr , CC
    • collection
    • video translation - writeboard , dotsub
    • comments on voicethread
    • tagcloud - wordle
    • code of good practices on microblogs - writeboard
  • 47.
    • has facilities to deliver successful and qualitative online courses and to enhance courses; the communication (online/SMS/mobile), authoring, monitoring, statistical facilities make a modern free LMS.
    • Facilitating an entire online course or a part of a course on such a platform requires specific facilitation skills, and collaborative technologies knowledge.
    • Participants gain important digital and communication skills, build PLEs, continue to collaborate in community after the course ends
  • 48.  
  • 49. Indicators : ( Popularity Influence Coagulation index Exposure index Geographical distribution Temporal distribution Online social presence Rating (RT) Notoriety (favorite) Sharing (Link) Intimacy Spa Mood Language Connections/comunication PLE/PLN relevance ePortfolio
  • 50. WCES 2009, 4-7 Feb., North Cyprus University WHAT do our students NEED?
  • 51. WS group: photo:
  • 52. Please let us know your opinion at . Thank you!
  • 53.