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  • 1. Identifying good quality information sources using Twitter North Group Anna, Paul, Clare, Jo, Barry, Damien, Mary, Mooi & Martin
  • 2. Learning outcomes of the session
    • Appreciate the learning benefits of Twitter
    • Configure and use a Twitter account
    • Search for and find three sources of relevant information relevant to your subject area
  • 3. What is Twitter?
    • Twitter is a micro-blogging site
    • You can only use 140 characters per “tweet”
    • You can re-tweet information on your account that you find useful
    • You will find symbols like the one above on information sites and these link to your account if right clicked on
  • 4. How does it work
    • It is simple to create an account www.twitter.co.uk / www.twitter.com
    • Once created get your students to “follow you”
    • You can then post useful short posts to your students and your students can reply
    • Posts can be of anything:
      • Newsfeeds
      • Regulatory updates
      • Business changes
      • Journal papers
      • Examination details
  • 5. Terminology
    • Tweet : an individual post.
    • RT (Retweet) : re-telling someone else’s tweet.
    • @username : open message to specific person.
    • Message : Direct message a follower (private)
    • #Hashtag : Use Hashtag to group & track discussions (conference, seminar, classroom activity, etc)
    Source: Hopkins
  • 6. Educational Benefits
    • You have direct access to your students
    • Information is sharp and snappy
    • You can post of lot of information quickly and in small bite size pieces
    • You can use various different technologies i.e. PC, smart phone, Ipad etc…
    • You can do this anywhere at any time
  • 7. Lets give it a go!
    • Learning Task:
      • Learning outcomes:
        • Appreciate the learning benefits of Twitter
        • Configure and use a Twitter account
        • Search for and find three sources of relevant information relevant to your subject area
  • 8. Technologies to facilitate task
    • 1. All create a twitter account
    • 2. All follow each other
    • 3. For each of your subjects you need to
      • A) find three sources of information outside of Twitter to tweet
      • B) find three sources of information inside Twitter to re-tweet
      • C) comment on three other peoples tweets
  • 9. How do I get started?
    • Simple, just go to www.twitter.com
    • Pick a username
    • Fill out the info so people know what to expect from your tweets
    • Now you have a Twitter account
    Source: trendplanner
    • Task: Set up an account; Find some friends, celebs(?), colleagues and me to follow; Tweet your first message
      • Watch: Lynda.com training
  • 10. What do I say?
    • Make it relevant .
    • Make it count .
    • Ask questions ; you will get answers from your network.
    • Think about how your network might retweet; your network will grow as a result of a good tweet.
    • Provide value through your tweet.
    • Be yourself .
    Source: Hopkins
  • 11. Who do I follow?
    • Find one or two people who have similar interest to you (use Twitter Search) .
    • Follow them.
    • Look at who they follow.
    • Follow the ones who look interesting to you. By following people outside your ‘normal’ network, they might follow you back ... hey presto, a growing network!
    Source: Hopkins
  • 12. Example Tweet: @MarkRussell Reply to MarkRussell HashTags: #eLearning and #University Tweet content Number of characters remaining in current tweet (counts down from 140). Source: Hopkins
  • 13. Twittering at Conferences
    • Twittering at Conferences
      • http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2009/05/twittering-at-conferences.html
      • Steve Wheeler's blog post, with a link to an interesting conference paper on How people are using Twitter during Conferences
    • Tweeting EdTech 09
      • http://www.insideview.ie/irisheyes/2009/05/tweeting-edtech-09.html
      • Bernie Goldbach's blog post on tweeting at EdTech, internet social networking complementing a live event (see some of the tweets from the conference)
    • Some issues/problems
      • A drastic ban?
        • http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2009/12/drastic-ban.html
      • The Great Keynote Meltdown of 2009
        • http://doteduguru.com/id3712-the-great-keynote-meltdown-of-2009.html
  • 14. Useful Resources TweetDeck www.tweetdeck.com Desktop application to run and manage followers, tweets, searches, favourites, etc. Bit.Ly www.bit.ly Shorten website links into only 19 characters; leaves you more characters for each tweet! Twitter Search search.twitter.com Search Twitter for names, phrases, people, trends, news, etc. Source: Hopkins Tool into your browser's toolbar so that you can share web sites on the fly as you surf. http://twitthis.com/
  • 15.
    • 7 Things You Should Know About Twitter (2-page overview)
      • http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutTwitt/161801
    • 7 Things You Should Know About Microblogging (2-page overview)
      • http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutMicro/174629
    • Teaching with Twitter (blog post)
      • http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2009/01/teaching-with-twitter.html
      • Steve Wheeler's blog post, with 10 ideas for using Twitter in education and some useful links including short video of David Parry talking about using Twitter with his students)
    • "Where Do You Learn?": Tweeting to Inform Learning Space Development (article)
      • http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/WhereDoYouLearnTweetingtoInfor/163852
    • 50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom (list)
      • http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2009/06/08/50-ways-to-use-twitter-in-the-college-classroom/
    • Tweeting in Class (short article)
      • http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/11/05/twitter
    • Twitter in a nutshell: The student guide (short article)
      • http://blogs.zdnet.com/igeneration/?p=3521&tag=nl.e539
    • The Beginners "Why?" &"How-To" Guide To Twitter (blog post with videos)
      • http://demogirl.com/2008/07/30/the-beginners-why-and-how-to-guide-to-twitter/
    • Surrender! Foucault and Twitter (blog post)
      • http://twopointouch.com/2009/05/27/surrender-foucault-and-twitter/
    • Twitter: For Beginners (presentation by David Hopkins)
      • http://www.slideshare.net/hopkinsdavid/twitter-in-education
    • Twitter in Education (presentation by trendplanner)
      • http://www.slideshare.net/trendplanner/twitter-for-beginners-1209915
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