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
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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
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
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/
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.