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Twitter in Education; how and why we should use Twitter in Higher Education.

Twitter in Education; how and why we should use Twitter in Higher Education.



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    • Twitter in Education How & Why www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
    • What is Twitter?
      • … is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers.
      • … is ‘digital communication’.
      • … is network formed around a shared interest.
    • How Can I Use Twitter
      • You have 140 characters (including spaces) to say what you have to say.
      • You can ‘follow’ people and what they say, they can follow you and what you say.
      • You can connect with anyone, for any reason, at any time.
    • Terminology
      • Tweet : an individual post.
      • RT (Retweet) : re-telling someone else’s tweet.
      • @username : open message to specific person.
      • Message : Direct message a follower (private)
      • #Hashtag : Use Hashtag to group & track discussions (conference, seminar, classroom activity, etc)
    • Video: Twitter in Plain English www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
    • Important!!
      • To fully appreciate Twitter, you should have a reason to use it before you start.
      • What is your reason?
    • Reasons to use Twitter
      • Professional : Networking, Research, Teaching, Learning, Collaboration, News, Information, Sharing, Updates, etc.
      • Personal : Hobby, Charity, Family, Friends, Travel, etc.
    • Twitter in Education
      • Teaching :
        • Classroom activity
        • Seminar discussion
        • Conference
        • Collaboration
        • Library
      • … as well as:
        • Information
        • Assignment deadlines
        • Room change
        • Reading list
    • “ What are you Doing?”
      • “ What are you doing?”
      • Inform followers of your current work, research, travel, interest, reading, website, browsing, cooking, etc.
      • Find other like-minded individuals from what they ‘tweet’ about.
      • Keep it short!
    • What do I say?
      • Make it relevant .
      • Make it count .
      • Ask questions ; you will get answers from your network.
      • Think about how your network might retweet; your network will grow as a result of a good tweet.
      • Provide value through your tweet.
      • Be yourself .
    • Example Tweet: @MarkRussell Reply to MarkRussell HashTags: #eLearning and #University Tweet content Number of characters remaining in current tweet (counts down from 140). www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
    • Twitter in the classroom
      • Classes : open discussion in timetabled seminar / class, continue it outside.
      • Community : Create community-feel through linked tweets.
      • Instant feedback : approval/disapproval of recent discussions, issues, etc.
      • Public notepad : share inspiration, reading, thought, ideas, etc.
      • Technology : Laptops, Netbooks, iPhones / iTouch & other SmartPhones, any Internet-enabled device.
      • Messages : Use Twitter as a personal message board
    • The Networked Teacher Source: Alec Couros www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
    • It’s not about Celebrities, it’s about you! Stephen Fry 480,000 followers by May 2009. Barack Obama 1.5million followers by May 2009. www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
    • Who do I follow?
      • Find one or two people who have similar interest to you (use Twitter Search) .
      • Follow them.
      • Look at who they follow.
      • Follow the ones who look interesting to you. By following people outside your ‘normal’ network, they might follow you back ... hey presto, a growing network!
    • Useful Resources TweetDeck www.tweetdeck.com Desktop application to run and manage followers, tweets, searches, favourites, etc. Bit.Ly www.bit.ly Shorten website links into only 19 characters; leaves you more characters for each tweet! Twitter Search search.twitter.com Search Twitter for names, phrases, people, trends, news, etc. www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
    • Mobile Devices TwitterFon www.twitterfon.net TwitterFon is a simple, clean, easy to use, and super fast Twitter client for your iPhone and iPod Touch . TinyTwitter www.tinytwitter.com Will work on all BlackBerry phones and any Java enabled mobile device. Twibble Mobile m.twibble.de Twitter application for Nokia Smartphones. www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
    • Thank you, ‘tweet’ you later!
      • David Hopkins
      • twitter.com/hopkinsdavid