Microblogging on Twitter: Social Networking in the Italian Classroom<br />Enza Antenos-Conforti<br />Montclair State Unive...
Twitter in L2 Education?<br />Can social networking be transformed to educational networking?<br />Proposed by academHacK(...
Social Networking as Educational Networking<br />Twitter is computer-mediated communication that engages students in:<br /...
Digital Conversation “Twitter-Style”<br />Where?<br />When?<br />Who?<br />
Mobile & Web-based<br />
Synchronous & Asynchronous<br />
Openness & Multiple Publics<br />
 Building a language community…<br />
…that includes native speakers<br />
Students will…<br />engage in synchronous & asynchronous CMC<br />engage in individual & community language use <br />The ...
Students can…<br />belong to the classroom & beyond…into the target language culture<br />Additional advantage…<br />
Expectations: The Syllabus<br />On Twitter each week, I expect you to do two things:<br />post short messages on your Twit...
Findings: Twitter as Social Media<br />
Findings: Tweet Updates<br />
Findings: Distribution of Replies<br />
Findings: Tweets are…<br />self-perpetuating<br />generative<br />authentic<br />
Findings: Tweet Topics<br />
Findings: Twitterers…<br />interpret input<br />produce output <br />engage in conversations<br />Good morning, is it cold...
Unexpected Findings 1<br />Good language practice<br />Increased appreciation for language and culture<br />Experiential l...
Unexpected Findings 2<br />
Unexpected Findings FA08<br />Introduced to Twitter in FA08<br />Tweeted in Italian for 7 months, after course ended<br />...
Further Investigations:E-twinning in L2 (SP09)<br />
Further Investigations: The Twitter Backchannel in the L2 Classroom (FA09)<br />
Links/Images<br />Twitter in italiano<br />http://blog.twitter.com/2009/12/ed-ecco-litaliano.html<br />Twitter bird and bo...
Grazie! Thank you!<br />Enza Antenos-Conforti, PhD<br />Department of Spanish & Italian<br />Montclair State University<br...
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This paper was presented in a Colloquium organized by Gillian Lord and Lara Lomicka at the AAAL, Atlanta (March 7, 2010)

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Microblogging on Twitter: Social Networking in the Italian Classroom

  1. 1. Microblogging on Twitter: Social Networking in the Italian Classroom<br />Enza Antenos-Conforti<br />Montclair State University<br />Follow me @iVenus (my PLN); @profeac<br />
  2. 2. Twitter in L2 Education?<br />Can social networking be transformed to educational networking?<br />Proposed by academHacK(David Parry)<br />
  3. 3. Social Networking as Educational Networking<br />Twitter is computer-mediated communication that engages students in:<br />communication<br />collaboration <br />a constructivist learning environment<br />
  4. 4. Digital Conversation “Twitter-Style”<br />Where?<br />When?<br />Who?<br />
  5. 5. Mobile & Web-based<br />
  6. 6. Synchronous & Asynchronous<br />
  7. 7. Openness & Multiple Publics<br />
  8. 8. Building a language community…<br />
  9. 9. …that includes native speakers<br />
  10. 10. Students will…<br />engage in synchronous & asynchronous CMC<br />engage in individual & community language use <br />The Learning Potential of Twitter<br />
  11. 11. Students can…<br />belong to the classroom & beyond…into the target language culture<br />Additional advantage…<br />
  12. 12. Expectations: The Syllabus<br />On Twitter each week, I expect you to do two things:<br />post short messages on your Twitter.com account twice a week (on 2 of the 3 weekdays we do not have class--Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday). <br />You will be limited to 140 characters in total, including spaces & punctuation. This is so you can practice writing about your routine within text limitations.<br />to comment on someone else's tweet (entry on Twitter) once a week.<br />Example:<br />Let's say PINCO's tweet says: <br />Sabato ho vistoil film “I am legend”<br />You can reply to PINCO as follows: <br />@PINCO vogliovederloanch'io. Ti èpiaciuto?<br />You must comment to only one person per week to receive full credit. Once you get used to the reply feature, it becomes second nature.<br />
  13. 13. Findings: Twitter as Social Media<br />
  14. 14. Findings: Tweet Updates<br />
  15. 15. Findings: Distribution of Replies<br />
  16. 16. Findings: Tweets are…<br />self-perpetuating<br />generative<br />authentic<br />
  17. 17. Findings: Tweet Topics<br />
  18. 18. Findings: Twitterers…<br />interpret input<br />produce output <br />engage in conversations<br />Good morning, is it cold? What’s the weather like?<br />Good morning, yesterday makes* beautiful. Today is cold. What’s the weather like there?<br />Sorry for the late (reply)! Here it’s humid and there is fog this evening.<br />
  19. 19. Unexpected Findings 1<br />Good language practice<br />Increased appreciation for language and culture<br />Experiential learning<br />
  20. 20. Unexpected Findings 2<br />
  21. 21. Unexpected Findings FA08<br />Introduced to Twitter in FA08<br />Tweeted in Italian for 7 months, after course ended<br />Now a bilingual twitterer<br />
  22. 22. Further Investigations:E-twinning in L2 (SP09)<br />
  23. 23. Further Investigations: The Twitter Backchannel in the L2 Classroom (FA09)<br />
  24. 24. Links/Images<br />Twitter in italiano<br />http://blog.twitter.com/2009/12/ed-ecco-litaliano.html<br />Twitter bird and bookshttp://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Top-75-College-Education-Tweets-133.html<br />Elements of Digital Conversation<br />http://www.mikearauz.com/2009/04/elements-of-digital-conversation.html<br />How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live <br />(Time Magazine, June 2009) http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1902604,00.html<br />Elements of Digital Conversation<br />http://www.mikearauz.com/2009/04/elements-of-digital-conversation.html<br />Twitter bird and book: http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Top-75-College-Education-Tweets-133.html<br />How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live <br />(Time Magazine, June 2009) http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1902604,00.html<br />
  25. 25. Grazie! Thank you!<br />Enza Antenos-Conforti, PhD<br />Department of Spanish & Italian<br />Montclair State University<br />antenosconfe@mail.montclair.edu<br />
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