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  • 1. Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaThe Royal Commission at YanbuYanbu University CollegeYanbu Al-Sinaiyah Microblogging: What we need to know about Twitter Applied linguistics Department Educational Technology EDU 401-112 2011-2012
  • 2. Presentation Outline What? In teaching English?How?(work) How? (use) Drawbacks?
  • 3. What is it?
  • 4. What is it? Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers s 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 users profile page. Wikipedia.com
  • 5. Twitter Curve http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/472202619/
  • 6. How does it work? Create an account. Personalize your page. Keep your tweets “protected”. Start entering tweets in the text field. Your tweets will be displayed in a chronological order. (micro-blog posts). Add friends. Look for followers. Start subscribing to other users‘ (followers).
  • 7. How people are using Twitter? breaking news… timely announcements major means of communicating program information sharing reflection on learning
  • 8. How people are using Twitter? How to Use Twitter HashtagsMay 2010: “Twitter beats media inreporting Egyptian revolution."Real time search tool- being used bysome as an alternative search toolto Google
  • 9. How to Use Twitter Hashtags mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. organize your tweets help target your audience will get you more retweets can get you more followers #hashtag is really just a way of categorizing your tweets so that they are part of a narrowed conversation and they’re easier to find in Twitter search.
  • 10. How to Use Twitter Hashtags mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. organize your tweets help target your audience will get you more retweets can get you more followers #hashtag is really just a way of categorizing your tweets so that they are part of a narrowed conversation and they’re easier to find in Twitter search.
  • 11. http://twictionary.pbworks.com/w/page/22547584/FrontPage
  • 12. How does it work?
  • 13. How does it work?
  • 14. How does it work?
  • 15. How does it work?
  • 16. As a teacher, what can you do with Twitter?
  • 17. Examples for using Twitter with EFL students •Share useful information and resources with students.Reminding students about homework •Carry out quick surveys and polls to collect feedback on tasks, projects, etc. •Ongoing storytelling in 140 charactersProviding feedback about presentations and classesReceive text messages instead of e-mail messages Students be better users of English language. The immediacy of the messages helps the students feel like more of a community Connections, resources, ideas
  • 18. Examples for using Twitter with EFL studentsSend a few messages with the service each week as part ofa writing assignment. Invite students to follow your Twitter feed, in which you can write several short thoughts each day.
  • 19. Examples for using Twitter with EFL students Ask your students to answer the question "What are you doing?” on Twitter ???????? times a day. Review all their answers everyday and offer corrections as and when required. 
  • 20. Drawbacks? What’s the point? “I’m eating pickles
  • 21. Lab Work
  • 22. Barriers against Teacher take-up- “twittiquete”- impression of Twitter cliques
  • 23. Summary
  • 24. References •Before and After Twitter: Personal Learning Environments http://www.slideshare.net/bcgstanley/before-and-after-twitter-personal-learning-environments •Tweet and Teach English http://eltweekly.com/more/2008/12/tweet-and-teach-english •ELTWeekly Issue 1: Tweet and Teach English http://eltweekly.com/more/2008/12/tweet-and-teach-english/ •Twictionary: The Dictionary for Twitter http://twictionary.pbworks.com/w/page/22547584/FrontPage •Twitter for Academia http://academhack.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/ Trial by Twitter: The Rise and Slide of the Years Most Viral Microblogging Platform by Vance Stevens http://tesl-ej.org/ej45/int.html