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Faculty Showcase-Twitter workshop

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    • 1. Twitter and Teachers:Expanding the Learning Space
      Enza Antenos-Conforti
      Montclair State University, NJ
      Follow me: @iVenus (my PLN)
      @profeac& @profenza
      (teaching handles)
      Image credit: http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Top-75-College-Education-Tweets-133.html
    • 2. What Is It?
      http://www.americandialect.org/index.php/amerdial/2009_word_of_the_year_is_tweet_word_of_the_decade_is_google/
    • 3. Many have criticised tweets to be “banalities” and “mindless”
    • 4. Why and What Do We Tweet?
      Tweets are a source of information; people in certain places, at certain events, sharing at a global level
      Tweets his way out of an Egyptian jail (U of California-Berkley student, James Buck—April 2008)
      Earthquake in China (May 2008)
      Landing on the Hudson (US Airways Flight—Jan 2009)
      Earthquake in Italy (April 2009)
      Mumbai Terror Attacks (Nov 2009)
    • 5. Twitter and Haiti
    • 6.
    • 7. Where Do We Start?
      Joining the conversation is easy…
      Select a username / create a password / provide an email address
    • 8. My Twitter Page
      The last thing you
      micro-blogged:
      a.k.a. a tweet
      Where you update/ tweet
      The Timeline with your following
      Popular
      topics
    • 9. Deciding Who to Follow
      By common interest?
      By geographical location?
      By influential status?
      http://www.twibes.com/group/WorldLanguages
    • 10. Let’s tweet
      Tweets are
      self-perpetuating
      generative
      authentic
      Tweeps / Twitterers (users)
      interpret input
      produce output
      engage in conversations
    • 11. Twitter term: Mention (aka Reply)
      The @Replies feature was introduced because we noticed lots of folks putting the @ symbol in front of Twitter usernames as a way of addressing one another.
      For example: @biz what are you drinking in your avatar? (It's a soy latte.)
      @username also now in the middle of tweets as a way to simply reference another account
    • 12. Twitter term: Retweet
      Sharing and crediting sources
    • 13. Twitter Search: Retweet
    • 14. Twitter term: Hashtag
      Create groupings by adding context and metadata
    • 15. Tweeting to…
      Create a personal learning network—i.e., follow people who share your interests by reading their tweets about
      blog posts
      news & events
      videos & music
      other followers (who then you begin to follow)
      The positive spiral of Twitter as a social network
    • 16. The Teacher’s PLN
      A Personal Learning Network is essential to implementing Web 2.0 technologies to teaching
      Conversation and interactivity are organic with members of the PLN
    • 17. Teaching with Twitter
      Create a Twitter handle for academic use only
      Use class time to have students create their handle, follow classmates and tweet for the first time
      Prompt them initially to have them feel comfortable with Tweeting
      Develop your best practices for course objectives
    • 18. Teaching & Learning with Twitter
      Class chatter
      Classroom community
      Get a sense of the World
      Track a Word
      Track a Conference
      Instant Feedback
      Follow a Professional
      Follow a Famous Person
      Grammar
      Rule Based Writing
      Maximizing the Teaching Moment
      Public Note Pad
      Writing Assignment
      Source: AcademHack
      www.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/
    • 19. In & Outside of the Classroom
      BEYOND
      Have them talk about themselves (recycle grammar and vocabulary)
      Have them investigate topics related to syllabi content
      Have them investigate language use (vocabulary building)
      IN
      • Have them brainstorm ideas and post them
      • 20. Get instant feedback on topics using it as poll device using hashtags
      • 21. Allow them to ask questions and get feedback instantaneously from a larger language community
    • Some Great Ideas!
      http://www.slideshare.net/travelinlibrarian/twenty-five-interesting-ways-to-use-tw
    • 22. Hands-On Tweeting
      Here’s what to do:
      Tweet something to share two (2) things about yourself (personal, professional, etc.)
      Include the hashtag below (#BCTech)
      Click on the hashtag in your tweet and read what others have tweeted
      Reply to the tweet of two (2) other twitterers

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