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Twitter in Education: Considerations & Possibilities


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Presented by: Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz & Laura Grant, NM State University …

Presented by: Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz & Laura Grant, NM State University
New Mexico Technology in Education Conference October 2009

Educators around the world are utilizing Twitter as a personal learning environment, but how else can microblogging be used in education? From K12 to Higher Education, we will present the possibilities of Twitter and alternative tools in both instructional and student support contexts. We’ll share examples of how elementary, secondary and higher education faculty and institutions are using microblogging to augment communication in thoughtful ways, but we won’t stop there. Social media tools like this require important safety and security considerations as well as outcomes based planning. Join us and identify issues and strategies you’ll need to know about Twitter for educational purposes.

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  • Direct communication linkIncreased sense of collaboration Students work together to produce updates and informationShare important moments and reflections on classroom learning
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    • 1. Twitter in EducationConsiderations & Possibilities
      Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz
      Laura Grant
    • 2. A way of …microsharing
      A form of …micromedia
      • 140 characters
      • 3. a ‘headline’ of one’s status
      • 4. shared with followers
      • 5. often using @replies
      • 6. Generates a stream
    • 7.
    • 8. #hashtag
      RT - retweet
    • 9. Overview
      Higher Education
      Secondary Education
      Elementary Education
      Outcomes Based Approach
      Safety & Security
      Alternative Tools
    • 10. Higher EducationPossibilities
    • 11. Educators
      Disburse information
    • 12.
    • 13. Educators
    • 14.
    • 15. Educators
    • 16. Student support
    • 17. Instruction
    • 18. Educators
      Fostering a decentralized network
    • 19.
    • 20.
    • 21. Educators
      Having a plan
    • 22. “We are @nmsu a group of students and staff members..”
      Follow @nmsu
      Who @nmsu follows
      Improve @nmsu
      Team members
      Current updates
      Other NMSU personas
    • 23. Secondary EducationPossibilities
    • 24. What are we looking for?
    • 25. News and Updates
    • 26. Attendance? Vocabulary?... ru 4 real?
    • 27. Idealized Backchannel
      S1: In Bio listening to a great lecture on cell division. She ROCKS!
      S2: Reading "Chapter 7" for Mr Wilson. Not my favorite so far but I'll get through it
      S3: Great quote from Mr B: "History is written by the winners." He said it's not his original quote, tho’
      S4: @S1 Mrs D is awesome! Looking forward to 5th period when I'll hear it, too
      S4: @S2 Tell me about it. I've got to read it tonight. But I'm a fast reader.
      S2: Anyone know a good website to help me to understand Chapter 7?
      S1: @S3 Yeah, I heard that quote before, too. Hold on and I'll look it up for you.
      From Twitter with Students? @jgates513
    • 28. Possible Backchannel?
      S1: wht's 4 lunch? I'm staving!S2: NFW I'm readg that @#$ Chapter 7. Hes got 2 B Sh*ttin' me!S3: "History is writn by th winners?" DUH!S4: I get out of her class 5th period, dude! S*cks 2 B U!S4: @S1 its only 9:30 dude! U cnt B hungry alrdy U pig!S2: Any1 know if any of ths @#$% in Ch 7 will B on the test?S1: @S3 No duh! Who ELSE wld write it. Hes so lame!
      From Twitter with Students? @jgates513
    • 29. Collaborative Research from @teachpaperless
    • 30. Collaborative Assessment
      Students have access to texts and translation tools
      Allowed to use Twitter to ask questions and offer help
      Instructor can listen and contribute if assistance is needed
      Each student translates a different part of the passage
      One score to entire class as long as equal contributions to the hashtag
      Students shared resources and translations by linking to blogs
      All discussion had to take place on Twitter. from @teachpaperless
    • 31. A few more ideas for Secondary Education
      Collaborative writing
      Collaborative research
      Real time reflections
      Communicate with subject matter experts
      Follow or research live events
      Providing ‘lifeline’ assistance/support
      Opt in text notifications
      Easy web page updates
    • 32. Elementary EducationPossibilities
    • 33. Parent ‘IMHO’
      "I guess my point is (IMHO) if I found out that my 6th grader's school time was being used to learn about Twitter, MySpace, or any other social tool, that school would be getting a rather terse phone call from me. Teach my kid math, english, history, etc. I'll teach him about twitter etc....when I think he's ready and so that I can set boundaries…” From
    • 34. School Presence
    • 35. Classroom Presence Possibiliites
      Opt in network for parents and family members
      Send reminders about homework or announcements
      Microblog of classroom events
    • 36. Collaborative Writing
    • 37. !
      Safety & SecurityConsiderations
    • 38.
    • 39. @PawLuxury
    • 40. Considerations about Twitter itself
      API Vulnerabilities
      Google Results
      Location Awareness
    • 41. Responsible Use Considerations
      What else will students do with this?
      What policies are in place?
      Cyberbulling committee, anonymous reporting
      Responsible use agreement
      Parental consent, student assent
      How will account(s) be administered?
      Blocking, following, privacy
    • 42. !
      Outcomes Based ApproachConsiderations
    • 43. Define parameters & goals
      What is the purpose of the account?
      Determine outcomes, norms, parameters
      What links, names, locations should be shared (if any)?
      Consider limiting information in your profile’s bio
      Who can follow (if private) and how will that be managed?
      What will happen on vacation, breaks, nights or weekends?
      Higher Ed example @nmsu
    • 44. Prepare to stay involved & immersed
      Monitor/listen to your brand or community
      Research your integration of search and search widgets (ongoing)
      Change account name when necessary
      Be mindful of password access or third party access (ie: Twitpic email address)
      Listening Engines
    • 45. Know your tools!
      Be familiar with the support documentation.
    • 46. Include & inform stakeholders
      Acceptable/responsible use
      Parental consent
      Student assent
      Administrational approval
      Responsible and transparent classroom use will require your advocacy!
    • 47. !
      Alternative ToolsConsiderations
    • 48. Private account with GroupTweet
    • 49. Grouptweet Insiderview
      d @pvia great class today!
      = via @hollyrae: great class today!
      • Ability to create a private conversation
      • 50. Attribution is included
      • 51. Support presence on Twitter
      • Delays in posting
      • 52. Use may require training
    • Alternatives Rock
    • 53. Consider the size of the conversation
    • 54. Additional microblogging networks
      Enterprise (domain based)
      White Label
      Open Source
      Created with
    • 55. Twitter for Education ! ? …
      Twitter has safety and security liabilities
      Safety and security is a moving target
      Requires a strong & ongoing commitment
      Alternative tools can support many of the benefits with fewer safety considerations
    • 56. Questions & Comments
      Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz
      Laura Grant