EDT 620Telecommunications AcrossThe CurriculumTwitter and Wiki’s for EducationDr. Mark P. Fazioli
TwitterTwitter is a microblogging tool that allows users topublish chronologically ordered “tweets” of 140characters or less.
TwitterTwitter is a wonderful tool for sharing quick ideas,links, and articlesTwitter is a pure communication tool, with aquick flow of information and a single feedavailable to all users (unless you choose to blocka particular user or one chooses to block you).Twitter is very interactive, with something goingon all the time.
TwitterSet Up an Account—or Several AccountsSimply go to www.twitter.com to begin the freeaccount creation process.To post a tweet to anyone following you—and tothe public timeline—just type it in:To reply to someone, use the @ symbol:@MarkFaz66
TwitterBefore the Training EventPrior to the first class gathering, use Twitter to doquick introductions and pre-course assessments.http://www.slideshare.net/hopkinsdavid/twitter-in-education
How to use EducationallyAsk learners to introduce themselves. Say: Please tell us your name, location, and job title. Please tell us your name, location, and one thing you would like to learn in this training. Please tell us your name and the “three keywords” that represent your mission, philosophy, focus, or priorities. Please tell us your name and single biggest challenge you face in performing at your best.
How to use Educationally Polling Role playing Course wrap-up Reflections Discussions on articles, materials, videos, lectures What else?
WikisA wiki is an interactive web page on whicheveryone with access can change the content.Think of the wiki as most useful for collaboration,editorship, and data compilation.Wikis are designed to help groups collaborate,share, and build online content, and areespecially useful for distance learners who areseparated by time and place.
WikisAlthough the concept of wikis has been aroundfor many years, the first true wiki, calledWikiWikiWeb, was created by Ward Cunninghamin 1995http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiWeb
WikisWiki, derived from the Hawaiian word for “quick,”to mean a collection of Web pages that can beedited by anyone.
Types of WikisOnce you have decided to use a wiki, where do youfind the one that will work best with your onlinecourse? Wikis are available through a wide variety ofservices and open-source software tools, andgenerally fall into three categories, each with its ownset of strengths and limitations: Free wiki services Fee-based wiki services Self-hosted wikis
Free Wikis ServicesFree Wiki Services Free wiki services are available atno cost through a wiki provider, such as: @Wiki (http://atwiki.com) Wikihost.org (http://www.wikihost.org)
Fee-based Wikis ServicesFee-based wikis are also hosted and accessed fromthe wiki service’s Web servers. These services offerexpanded features based on the type of subscriptionyou select. Features may include more advancedmanagement capabilities, more storage, or addedsecurity. In addition, fee-based services typicallyallow a larger, or even unlimited, number of membersand pages.
Self-hosted Wikis ServicesWiki software can also be installed directly on apersonal or campus-controlled server space. Avariety of free, open-source wiki software is availablefor download from the Interne Mediawiki (www.mediawiki.org) Twiki (www.twiki.org)
Wikis Allow readers to collaborate with others in writing it and adding, editing, and changing the Web page’s content at any time. Teachers can use wikis for students to collaborate on a document by writing, editing, and revising it in their own class. • http://www.wikispaces.com • http://www.pbworks.com
Wikis for EducationThe following are examples of activities that lendthemselves well to collaboration in a shared wiki: Your learners are building an archive of resources on a particular topic. Your learners are exploring different sides of an issue by means of a debate. Our learners need to work together to create a unified project, such as a collaborative research paper or media design project.
Wikis for EducationThis is a list of a small number of them. Wikimatrix: (www.wikimatrix.org) Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com Wikiversity: http://wikiversity.org/ How Does MediaWiki Work?: (www.mediawiki.org/wiki/How_does_MediaWiki_work%3F) TWiki Success Stories: (http://twiki.org/cgi- bin/view/Main/TWikiSuccessStorie)
Project Research the various Twitter sites related to use in education. Create a Twitter activity for your topic. Research Wiki for education and sign up for a free account and create a activity for your topic. Either link to your project PPT or PLE.
ReferenceSolomon,G., Schrum, L. (2007). Web 2.0: New tools, new schools. Washington DC: International Society for Technology in Education.