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,

Using microblogging in education - Workshop Villach ICL 2009

  1. 1. icl09ws05 USING MICROBLOGGING in EDUCATION Carmen Holotescu & Gabriela Grosseck ICL2009 Conference, 23-25 sept. Villach / Austria
  2. 2. <ul><li>WORKSHOP AGENDA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let’s know each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A short introduction in Social Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is microblogging? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of the microsphere / Generally uses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovery microblogging through </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational uses of microblogging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does the future look like? Microblogging Reflections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do we learn more? </li></ul></ul>AGENDA:
  3. 4. SOCIAL LEARNING <ul><li>A short introduction </li></ul>
  4. 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:
  5. 6. Enhancing teaching & learning using Web2.0 technologies from Handbook of Emerging Technologies in Education: George Siemens, Peter Tittenberg (pg.34)
  6. 7. Welcome to … your space <ul><li>Which 5 web 2.0 applications do you appreciate and use most? </li></ul><ul><li>Compare your a-list with top at </li></ul><ul><li>Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 </li></ul>Photo Flickr by yanivg ,
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  8. 9. INTRODUCTION TO MICROBLOGGING <ul><li>What is it? And why should I care? </li></ul>
  9. 10. A collaborative definition of microblogging generated by embedded in the note at
  10. 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.
  11. 12. <ul><li>photo: </li></ul>Microblogging is a collaborative technology
  12. 13. Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
  13. 14. photo: Microblogging platforms used in education
  14. 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
  15. 16. How microblogging tools work <ul><li>Create an account. Sign in. Personalize it. </li></ul><ul><li>Search for other people to follow. Add them in your own network. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Go to (your home) timeline. Read other peoples’ updates . </li></ul><ul><li>4. Enter a message yourself (text, links, images, videos etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Go back to steps 3 and 4! </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>The most popular microblogging system </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in July, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Robust, elegant and simple </li></ul><ul><li>More than 90 million users </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous mash-ups </li></ul>Social networking in 140 characters twitter
  18. 19. Twitter Educational uses: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Reference services
  19. 20. A video clip about twitter at embedded in the note at
  20. 21. <ul><li>a private microblogging platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments </li></ul><ul><li>features: Store and Share Files , Privacy Controls , Public Timeline (RSS) , Notifications (SMS) , Class Calendar , Assignments & Grades, Share Links and Embeds , Subscribe to Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>similar LMS </li></ul>„ 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:
  21. 22. <ul><li>a social journal for your life; a right-to-left scrolling “timeline” </li></ul>photo: <ul><ul><li>„ 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). ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nick Peackey </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>only 10 minutes to setup the own microblogging network </li></ul><ul><li>useful for those devoted to a particular niche </li></ul><ul><li>a customizable and easy-to-use community space </li></ul><ul><li>sharing photos, files, links, locations and much more through a well known microblogging interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>„ 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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steve Dembo </li></ul></ul>photo:
  23. 24. <ul><li>an open source implementation of a distributed microblogging platform, CreativeCommons framework </li></ul><ul><li>full control of your data, meaning if you want to migrate to another service you can take it with you </li></ul><ul><li>allows you to post 140 characters messages </li></ul><ul><li>login with your OpenID </li></ul><ul><li>SMS updates and notifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>„ Discussing and proposing pedagogical approachs for education within the paradigm and assistance of Web2.0. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>business oriented </li></ul><ul><li>used in a single organisation </li></ul><ul><li>attachment links, images, files </li></ul><ul><li>potential for schools </li></ul>photo: <ul><ul><li>„ 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. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So, if Twitter seems somewhat too open for comfort, perhaps Yammer is the answer. ” </li></ul>Terry Freedman
  25. 26. <ul><li>more than 140 characters </li></ul><ul><li>c ommenting and &quot;like&quot; system </li></ul><ul><li>r oom / g roup creation </li></ul><ul><li>attachment links, pictures, e mbeddable widgets ( YouTube, Flickr, twitpic ) </li></ul>photo: <ul><ul><li>„ 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. ” </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>a micro-update communications for companies that gives employees the ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>instantly communicate their current status (collaboration in Real-Time) </li></ul><ul><li>ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>post media (share documents & media) </li></ul><ul><li>groups for keeping conversations organized </li></ul><ul><li>d evice s upport (computer, mobile phone, any device connected to the Internet) </li></ul>photo: <ul><ul><li>„ provides a free place to get the same type of feedback as you'd gather on Twitter, but in a closed setting.. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richard Byrne </li></ul></ul>
  27. 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
  28. 29. Mindmap at embedded in the note at
  29. 30. <ul><li>brainstorming ideas – please add your thoughts </li></ul>Scribd paper: Can we use Twitter for educational activities? HOW MICROBLOGGING CAN IMPROVE TEACHING AND LEARNING
  30. 31. Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Exploring the language Reference services good points:
  31. 32. distr acting time -consuming rude ad dictive no social educational value bad grammar skills privacy spam meaningless without a network bad points
  32. 33. What ‘s your attitude toward microblogging? <ul><li>Use a single word and write it down ! </li></ul><ul><li>Working in group, find images with flickr , flickrcc , compfight or ! </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Photopeach and build your attitude in a digital storytelling! </li></ul>
  33. 34. A slideshare presentation about collaboration on microblogging, embedded in the note at
  34. 35. A photopeach presentation for microblogging metaphors, embedded in the note at
  35. 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:
  36. 38. Facilities (1) <ul><li>public and private groups (courses, trainings, projects, events, internal communication, service, family, hobby, etc); group communication via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>polls , quizzes – online or via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>feeds monitoring (via SMS)(sites/blogs/social networks/search feeds – jobs, weather, reactions) </li></ul><ul><li>statistics, visualizations, tags. </li></ul> TUTORIAL
  37. 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
  38. 40. Who are you? Use multimedia object to describe yourself (, youtube or vimeo)
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 43. <ul><li>An online course about microblogging platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><li>integrate microblogging with other Web2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>microblogging platform as LMS </li></ul><ul><li>course facilitation </li></ul>Materials: announcements materials as LOM/SCORM objects
  42. 44. Course elements: announcements modules - LOM/SCORM objects collaborative exercises multimedia messages poll/quiz/ comments via SMS (f2f) validations - interactions with users/groups
  43. 45. Participation: built PLNs 42 members: students, teachers, developers, librarians 1100 messages
  44. 46. <ul><li>Collaborative exercises using different Web2.0 technologies: </li></ul><ul><li>puzzle images - flickr , CC </li></ul><ul><li> collection </li></ul><ul><li>video translation - writeboard , dotsub </li></ul><ul><li>comments on voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>tagcloud - wordle </li></ul><ul><li>code of good practices on microblogs - writeboard </li></ul>
  45. 47. <ul><li> 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. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating an entire online course or a part of a course on such a platform requires specific facilitation skills, and collaborative technologies knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants gain important digital and communication skills, build PLEs, continue to collaborate in community after the course ends </li></ul>
  46. 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
  47. 50. WCES 2009, 4-7 Feb., North Cyprus University WHAT do our students NEED?
  48. 51. WS group: photo:
  49. 52. Please let us know your opinion at . Thank you!