Trial by Twitter: The Rise and Slide of the Year’s Most Viral Microblogging Platform<br />June 2008<br />Vance Stevens<br ...
Who Needs Twitter?<br />And why?<br />
“Getting” Twitter<br />
“Getting” Twitter<br />The author got into it after attending a conference in which the presenter communicated with anothe...
“Getting” Twitter<br />“I was fascinated by the amount of relevant information, bits of personal insights and also some tr...
“Getting” Twitter<br />Have questions/comments you need to “get out there?”  Get a precise answer within seconds!<br />Con...
Learning by Twitter<br />Make sure people in your network understand that there is a low tolerance for trivial things.<br ...
Learning by Twitter<br />Things a learning Twitter is good for:<br />Just-in-time informal learning<br />Social networking...
IS Twitter Too Good?<br />
Is Twitter TOO Good?<br />
Is Twitter TOO Good?<br />1. Near-perfect example of the Intermittent Variable Reward principle<br />The same principle th...
Twitter-tasking<br />“If I see on Twitter that someone has just begun streaming a presentation on www.ustream.tv, and if I...
Social Networking<br />Bring it up over breakfast and see what was happening in the Twittersphere while you were asleep<br...
Uses in Teaching<br />Teaching language<br />Students can practice language outside the classroom by tweeting their classm...
Uses in Teaching<br />1. Class Chatter: conversations continue inside and outside of class 
2. Development of Classroom Co...
Uses in Teaching<br />9. Grammar: Twitter can lead to discussion and insights of its own unique grammar and ambiguity as w...
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Trial By Twitter

  1. 1. Trial by Twitter: The Rise and Slide of the Year’s Most Viral Microblogging Platform<br />June 2008<br />Vance Stevens<br />Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE<br />
  2. 2. Who Needs Twitter?<br />And why?<br />
  3. 3. “Getting” Twitter<br />
  4. 4. “Getting” Twitter<br />The author got into it after attending a conference in which the presenter communicated with another educator in real-time via Twitter to enhance his presentation.<br />Author’s friend Christina Costa had Twitter on her “have-an-account-but-not-using-it-tool” shelf, but got into it after following “Blogging 4 Educators.”<br />
  5. 5. “Getting” Twitter<br />“I was fascinated by the amount of relevant information, bits of personal insights and also some trivial tweets that were arriving at my desktop in a twinkling of an eye. It was fun and most times relevant.”<br />Christina Costa<br />
  6. 6. “Getting” Twitter<br />Have questions/comments you need to “get out there?” Get a precise answer within seconds!<br />Conversations of blogs are between a few people. Twitter conversations are in the hundreds.<br />Information shared is often in response to a request<br />New tools and resources<br />Feeling of connectedness<br />
  7. 7. Learning by Twitter<br />Make sure people in your network understand that there is a low tolerance for trivial things.<br />Your Twitter feed will soon be full of postings that seek to inform and engage one another<br />“See Flickr photos of tour in Jokaydia”<br />VS.<br />“Thinking I’m old”<br />
  8. 8. Learning by Twitter<br />Things a learning Twitter is good for:<br />Just-in-time informal learning<br />Social networking<br />“Follow” almost anyone you choose<br />Low affective filters<br />Provocative URLs<br />Engaging mix of personality and professionalism<br />
  9. 9. IS Twitter Too Good?<br />
  10. 10. Is Twitter TOO Good?<br />
  11. 11. Is Twitter TOO Good?<br />1. Near-perfect example of the Intermittent Variable Reward principle<br />The same principle that addicts people to slot machines.<br />2. Fake “feeling of connectedness”<br />The brain believes it is having a social interaction, but it subconsciously knows something is missing.<br />3. You can’t be Twittering and be in deep thought/a flow state.<br />Continuous partial attention doesn’t allow us to become experts at anything.<br />
  12. 12. Twitter-tasking<br />“If I see on Twitter that someone has just begun streaming a presentation on www.ustream.tv, and if I have a moment to learn something new right then, then I will check out what’s happening, and I seldom regret such decisions.”<br />VS.<br />“On the flip side, productivity can suffer if one does not appropriately balance the lure of the constant feed-stream with the discipline to address tasks requiring focus.”<br />
  13. 13. Social Networking<br />Bring it up over breakfast and see what was happening in the Twittersphere while you were asleep<br />Tag interesting links on Delicious<br />See who else is tagging those links . . . and follow them on Twitter!<br />“The true value of Twitter is in this network.”<br />
  14. 14. Uses in Teaching<br />Teaching language<br />Students can practice language outside the classroom by tweeting their classmates in the language to be learned<br />Twitterlearn sends periodic language challenge questions to you Twitter feed<br />
  15. 15. Uses in Teaching<br />1. Class Chatter: conversations continue inside and outside of class 
2. Development of Classroom Community
3. Get a Sense of the World: twitter.com/public_timeline
4. Track a Word: “Through Twitter you can “track” a word. This will subscribe you to any post which contains said word.” 
5. Track a Conference: or follow an event via Twitter feeds
6. Instant Feedback: Twitter is “always on”
7. Follow a Professional or a Famous Person
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  16. 16. Uses in Teaching<br />9. Grammar: Twitter can lead to discussion and insights of its own unique grammar and ambiguity as well as of the rules it breaks. 
10. Rule Based Writing: Discover insights based in 140-character discourse units
11. Maximizing Teachable Moments: Twitter provides context often lacking in traditional classroom situations
12. Public NotePad: “good for sharing short inspirations, thoughts that just popped into your head”
13. Writing Assignments: can be based around Twitter capabilities.<br />

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