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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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  • 1. Twitter in Education How & Why www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
  • 2. 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.
    www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
  • 3. 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.
    www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
  • 4. 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)
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  • 5. Video: Twitter in Plain English www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
  • 6. Important!!
    • To fully appreciate Twitter, you should have a reason to use it before you start.
    • What is your reason?
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  • 7. Reasons to use Twitter
    • Professional : Networking, Research, Teaching, Learning, Collaboration, News, Information, Sharing, Updates, etc.
    • Personal : Hobby, Charity, Family, Friends, Travel, etc.
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  • 8. Twitter in Education
    • Teaching :
      • Classroom activity
      • Seminar discussion
      • Conference
      • Collaboration
      • Library
    • … as well as:
      • Information
      • Assignment deadlines
      • Room change
      • Reading list
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  • 9. “ 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!
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  • 10. 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 .
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  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
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  • 13. The Networked Teacher Source: Alec Couros www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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!
    www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Thank you, ‘tweet’ you later!
    • David Hopkins
    • twitter.com/hopkinsdavid
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