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Twitter Town - LARC's Digital Safari

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Let your students journey into the foreign language and its culture 140 characters at a time! Twitter provides the platform for authentic language and, when applied in and/or outside of the classroom, ...

Let your students journey into the foreign language and its culture 140 characters at a time! Twitter provides the platform for authentic language and, when applied in and/or outside of the classroom, target language use becomes self-perpetuating and generative. Introduce Twitter to your classroom so students can interpret input, produce output and engage in conversations. Microblogging on Twitter helps motivate language learners to communicate more frequently in the language because this social networking tool is always on, always connected—accessible via web, text, mobile applications, and more. Join the microblogging expedition (create your own account on http://twitter.com) and explore the creation of a language learning community with your students and native speakers.

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    Twitter Town - LARC's Digital Safari Twitter Town - LARC's Digital Safari Presentation Transcript

    • Getting to Twitter Town
    • Twitter Town’s Sheriff
      Professor of Italian at Montclair State
      iVenus – Apr 2007
      profeac – Jan 2008
      profenza – Jan 2009
      Students have used Twitter in
      ITAL103 (Intermediate)
      Grammar & Composition (Advanced)
      Cultural Studies (in English)
    • The Laws of the Land
      Text-based posts only
      140 character message size constraint
      Community members include “friends” (people you choose to follow) and “followers” (people who follow you)
      Public or private participation allowed
    • The Lay of the Land
      The last thing you
      micro-blogged:
      a.k.a. a tweet
      Where you update/ tweet
      The Town Square = the Timeline
      Town water cooler =
      Popular
      topics
    • Twitter Town Passports
    • Digital Natives in Twitter Town
      What benefits will students and/or teachers perceive with this type of social network?
      What disadvantages?
      Raise your hand
      Or chat
    • Twitter Town & You
      Tweets are a source of information; people in certain places, at certain events, sharing at a global level
      How is this applicable to the foreign language classroom?
      What would you communicate to your students in 140 characters or less?
      Use the hashtag - #larc09
    • #Hashtag
      Create groupings by adding context and metadata
    • @Replies a.k.a. Mentions
      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
    • The Retweet (RT / via …)
      Sharing and crediting sources
    • The Power of the Retweet
    • Benefits to Twitterers
      They can:
      be engaged in either synchronous or asynchronous modes of communication (always on, always connected)
      interact with individuals or community members in the L2
      participate in the virtual classroom and in the L2 culture
    • Not just a place to visit
      Twitterers can:
      micro-blog about what they are doing (learner written output)
      read what others are doing (learner’s comprehensible input)
      communicate directly with someone they are following (negotiation of meaning)
    • Twitter Town Tips
      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
    • Educational Things To Do
      Follow a Professional
      Follow a Famous Person
      Grammar
      Rule Based Writing
      Maximizing the Teaching Moment
      Public Note Pad
      Writing Assignment
      Class chatter
      Classroom community
      Get a Sense of the World
      Track a Word
      Track a Conference
      Instant Feedback
      Source: AcademHack
      www.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/
    • Tweeting in Italian
      Twitter is self-perpetuating and generative
      School 22.3 %
      Entertainment 13.6 %
      Feelings 13.6 %
      Food 12.1 %
      Hobby 8.0 %
      Family 4.9 %
      Home 4.4 %
      Friends 4.1 %
      American life 3.9 %
      Events 3.6 %
      Unexpected uses of Twitter:
      bulletin board, requesting information and help
      • in an academic context (e.g., looking for misplaced textbooks and handouts, asking about deadlines for assignments)
      • technology-related matters, (e.g., how do I tweet from my cell? how do I personalize my Twitter homepage like you did?)
      Studentstweeted rather than e-mailed the instructor with questions
    • Students’ Reflections
      Twitter can transform social networking to educational networking.
      Twitter helped reduce affective filters.
      Learners stated that twittering had them asking for more information and allowed them to clarify using the L2.
    • Twitter Town & You
      What would you communicate to your students in 140 characters or less?
      What prompts would you use?
      Use the hashtag - #larc09
    • Tourist Attractions
      There are many different applications that can enhance your visit to Twitter Town
      http://twitter.pbworks.com/Apps
    • Thanks For Visiting.
      Y’All Come Back Now Soon