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    • Tweet, tweet! Ideas for using Twitter in the Language Classroom
      Lara Ducate
      Lara Lomicka Anderson
      The University of South Carolina
      SCFLTA 2010
    • Experience with Twitter?
      Heard of Twitter?
      Visited Twitter.com?
      Have a Twitter account?
      Tweeted?
      Read a tweet from someone else?
    • Twitter and tweets defined
      • Twitter - is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets
      • Tweets - text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers
      Courtesy of wikipedia.com
    • Why twitter in the FL classroom?
      Twitter is gaining popularity in the language classroom (Antenos-Conforti, 2009; Dunlap & Lowenthal, 2009; Stevens, 2008)
      Community building
      Language practice outside the classroom
      Cultural information
      Avenues for language output and input
      Network with/learn from other teachers
    • Possible Projects
      Vocabulary building, cultural information, reading:
      Follow newsfeeds in TL
      Follow government / news organizations (vocab, geographical names)
      Follow individuals (vocab, culture)
      Community Building
      Students tweet with their class
      Student tweet with NS partners
      Teachers tweet with/read tweets of other teachers
      Promote your class/language
    • News tweets
    • News tweets
    • News tweets (Rue 89)
    • News Tweet (Lemonde)
    • Music
    • Famous person from target culture
    • Other tweets to subscribe to?
      Other news organizations
      Radio stations
      Bands
      Singers
      Politicians
      Movie stars
      Friends
      People of a certain occupation
    • Connecting students
    • Convinced and ready to tweet?
    • Getting Started
      Setting up an account
      Settings/privacy
      Following and being followed
      Using hashtags
      Retweeting
      Direct Messaging
      Linking to mobile phone, facebook, IM
    • Setting up an Account
      http://twitter.com
    • Applying for an account
    • Account Settings
    • Posting your first tweet
    • Following and being followed
    • How to find people to follow?
      Search by name on Twitter
      Find existing users in your e-mail address book
      Look for common interests on
      WeFollow.com
      Look at your friends’ friends
    • Followers
      Block, mention, unfollow, report
    • Using Hashtags
      Words beginning with a # to help you track specific conversations
    • @ Reply
      A comment aimed at one user, but visible to the public.
      Or, just mentioning a user’s name with an @ will help ensure that user sees your note.
    • Retweeting
      Sharing someone else’s post. Often abbreviated “RT.”
    • Direct Messaging (DM)
      A direct message sent in private to another user. Goes to your e-mail inbox
    • Linking to mobile phone, facebook, desktop
      TwitterFon -A great way to use Twitter from your iPhone.
      TweetDeck - Powerful, customizable way to use Twitter on your desktop.
      Facebook –
    • Beyond Tweeting
      Adding audio: twaud.io
      Adding pictures: twitpic.com
    • Sample project for Intermediate French, university level
      Required: 3 tweets / week (2 in TL, 1 in NL)
      Students interact with their class and with partners in France
      30 mn training session in class
      Students must follow each other
      All tweets include the hashtag #RDE09
      1 extra credit point for 5 direct replies
      Purpose: community building and language practice
    • Twitter for Intermediate French
    • Benefits
      Creates /builds community
      Connects outside world with class discussion
      Connects students from different classes/universities/countries
      Can be used to network, disseminate ideas, professional development
      Short and easy to write
      Fun, informal, play and practice with language
    • Challenges
      Tweets are very short – not a lot of language practice
      Need Internet access
      Tweeting doesn’t fit some personality types
      Time consuming
      Twitter spam (unwanted followers)
    • Ideas?
      How might you use Twitter in your classes?
      What challenges/benefits do you foresee?
      How might you use Twitter professionally?
    • Resources for Teachers
      Tips for Teachers on Twitter
      http://onlinecollegedegree.org/2009/03/19/100-tips-apps-and-resources-for-teachers-on-twitter/
      http://mrdooley.blogspot.com/2009/03/teachers-twitter.html
      Other twittering teachers:
      http://twitter4teachers.pbwiki.com/
      http://justtweetit.com/education/
      http://mashable.com/2009/02/16/twitter-professors/
    • Twitter Guidebook
      http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/
    • References
      • Antenos-Conforti , E. (2009). “Microblogging on Twitter: Social networking in Intermediate Italian classes” In The Next Generation: Social Networking and Online Collaboration in Foreign Language Learning, Eds, Lara Lomicka and Gillian Lord, (pp. 59-90). CALICO: Texas State University.
      • Dunlap, J. C. & Lowenthal, P. R. (2009). Tweeting the night away: Using Twitter to enhance socialpresence. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(2). Available: http://www.patricklowenthal.com/publications/Using_Twitter_to_Enhance_Social_Presence.pdf
      • Stevens, V. (2008). Trial by Twitter: The Rise and Slide of the Year’s Most Viral Microbloggins Platform. TESL-EJ 12(1), 1-14.