Tweet, tweet! Ideas for using Twitter in the Language Classroom


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Tweet, tweet! Ideas for using Twitter in the Language Classroom

  1. 1. Tweet, tweet! Ideas for using Twitter in the Language Classroom<br />Lara Ducate<br />Lara Lomicka Anderson<br />The University of South Carolina<br />SCFLTA 2010<br />
  2. 2. Experience with Twitter?<br />Heard of Twitter?<br />Visited<br />Have a Twitter account?<br />Tweeted?<br />Read a tweet from someone else?<br />
  3. 3. Twitter and tweets defined<br /><ul><li>Twitter - is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets
  4. 4. 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</li></ul>Courtesy of<br />
  5. 5. Why twitter in the FL classroom?<br />Twitter is gaining popularity in the language classroom (Antenos-Conforti, 2009; Dunlap & Lowenthal, 2009; Stevens, 2008)<br />Community building<br />Language practice outside the classroom<br />Cultural information <br />Avenues for language output and input<br />Network with/learn from other teachers<br />
  6. 6. Possible Projects<br />Vocabulary building, cultural information, reading:<br />Follow newsfeeds in TL<br />Follow government / news organizations (vocab, geographical names)<br />Follow individuals (vocab, culture)<br />Community Building<br />Students tweet with their class<br />Student tweet with NS partners<br />Teachers tweet with/read tweets of other teachers<br />Promote your class/language<br />
  7. 7. News tweets<br />
  8. 8. News tweets<br />
  9. 9. News tweets (Rue 89)<br />
  10. 10. News Tweet (Lemonde)<br />
  11. 11. Music<br />
  12. 12. Famous person from target culture<br />
  13. 13. Other tweets to subscribe to?<br />Other news organizations<br />Radio stations<br />Bands<br />Singers<br />Politicians<br />Movie stars<br />Friends<br />People of a certain occupation<br />
  14. 14. Connecting students<br />
  15. 15. Convinced and ready to tweet?<br />
  16. 16. Getting Started<br />Setting up an account<br />Settings/privacy<br />Following and being followed<br />Using hashtags<br />Retweeting<br />Direct Messaging<br />Linking to mobile phone, facebook, IM<br />
  17. 17. Setting up an Account<br /><br />
  18. 18. Applying for an account<br />
  19. 19. Account Settings<br />
  20. 20. Posting your first tweet<br />
  21. 21. Following and being followed<br />
  22. 22. How to find people to follow?<br />Search by name on Twitter<br />Find existing users in your e-mail address book<br />Look for common interests on<br /><br />Look at your friends’ friends<br />
  23. 23. Followers<br />Block, mention, unfollow, report<br />
  24. 24. Using Hashtags<br />Words beginning with a # to help you track specific conversations<br />
  25. 25. @ Reply<br />A comment aimed at one user, but visible to the public.<br />Or, just mentioning a user’s name with an @ will help ensure that user sees your note.<br />
  26. 26. Retweeting<br />Sharing someone else’s post. Often abbreviated “RT.”<br />
  27. 27. Direct Messaging (DM)<br />A direct message sent in private to another user. Goes to your e-mail inbox<br />
  28. 28. Linking to mobile phone, facebook, desktop<br />TwitterFon -A great way to use Twitter from your iPhone.<br />TweetDeck - Powerful, customizable way to use Twitter on your desktop.<br />Facebook –<br />
  29. 29. Beyond Tweeting<br />Adding audio:<br />Adding pictures:<br />
  30. 30. Sample project for Intermediate French, university level<br />Required: 3 tweets / week (2 in TL, 1 in NL)<br />Students interact with their class and with partners in France<br />30 mn training session in class<br />Students must follow each other<br />All tweets include the hashtag #RDE09<br />1 extra credit point for 5 direct replies<br />Purpose: community building and language practice<br />
  31. 31. Twitter for Intermediate French<br />
  32. 32. Benefits<br />Creates /builds community<br />Connects outside world with class discussion<br />Connects students from different classes/universities/countries<br />Can be used to network, disseminate ideas, professional development<br />Short and easy to write <br />Fun, informal, play and practice with language<br />
  33. 33. Challenges<br />Tweets are very short – not a lot of language practice<br />Need Internet access<br />Tweeting doesn’t fit some personality types<br />Time consuming<br />Twitter spam (unwanted followers)<br />
  34. 34. Ideas?<br />How might you use Twitter in your classes?<br />What challenges/benefits do you foresee?<br />How might you use Twitter professionally?<br />
  35. 35. Resources for Teachers<br />Tips for Teachers on Twitter<br /><br /><br />Other twittering teachers: <br /><br /><br /><br />
  36. 36. Twitter Guidebook<br /><br />
  37. 37. References<br /><ul><li>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.
  38. 38. Dunlap, J. C. & Lowenthal, P. R. (2009). Tweeting the night away: Using Twitter to enhance socialpresence. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(2). Available:
  39. 39. Stevens, V. (2008). Trial by Twitter: The Rise and Slide of the Year’s Most Viral Microbloggins Platform. TESL-EJ 12(1), 1-14.</li>