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This workshop was presented at Ulearn 2010, in Christchurch, New Zealand on October 7th.

This workshop was presented at Ulearn 2010, in Christchurch, New Zealand on October 7th.

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Teaching and Learning with Twitter Teaching and Learning with Twitter Presentation Transcript

  • Teaching and Learning with Steve Wheeler University of Plymouth, UK @timbuckteeth
  • Microblogs and Social Networks
    • Allows users to send brief text updates or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them
    • Examples include: Plurk, Jaiku and Twitter
    • Facebook, Myspace, etc. have microblogging features known as ‘ status updates ’.
    • What are you doing ?
    • What’s happening?
  •  
  • People are living their lives online...
  • Is it really like this...?
    • 140
    • RT and DM
    • #ulearn10
    • @timbuckteeth
  • Go Global
  • Twitter in Plain English
  • Activity : Set up your Twitter account
    • Go to www.twitter.com
    • Create an account
    • Choose a user name
    • Choose an avatar (picture to represent you)
    • Start to ‘follow’ other Twitter users
  • Some facts about
    • Twitter takes time...
      • to build up a network
      • to develop your own Twitter style
      • to appreciate its full scope
    • It’s all about the conversation
    • Large number of associated tools (Mashups)
    • Twitter is growing fast...
  • Some views on Twitter...
  • Why Twitter? Unique worldwide users over 100 million (June 2010)
  • What to Tweet about?
  • What to Tweet about?
    • Conversation is the new currency
    • Twitter is an amplifier
    • Tweets can ‘go viral’ if enough RTs
    • DMs are private conversations
    • Learn a lot from other people’s tweets
  • More Twitter views...
  • Let’s take a brief tour of Twitter...
  • navigation
  • navigation user icon user info
  • navigation user icon user info activities following
  • navigation user icon user info activities following retweet hashtag hyperlink
  • update box you choose a background public timeline
  • mentions DMs trending
  • Twitter relationships...
  • More on relationships...
  • Activity: Disadvantages?
    • Spend a few moments discussing with someone in your group: What do you think the disadvantages and barriers would be to using Twitter in an educational context?
  • The downside?
    • Time consuming
    • Slow to start
    • Noise to signal ratio
    • Distracting
    • Security issues?
    • Ban in some schools
    • Spam followers!
  •  
  • Twitter culture – RTs and the rest...
  • 5 Twitter stages
    • Denial: I think Twitter sounds stupid. Why would anyone care what other people are doing right now?
    • Presence: OK, I don’t get why people love it, but I guess I could at least create an account
    • Dumping: I’m on Twitter and using it for links to my blog posts and pointing people to useful websites
    • Conversing: I don’t always post useful stuff, but I use Twitter to have useful 1-1 conversations
    • Microblogging: I’m using Twitter to publish useful information that people read, and I have authentic 1-1 conversations.
    • (Adapted from Minxuan Lee)
  • Following and followers
  • Either Carefully select the people you want to follow based on their interests/background or Go on follow recommendations from people you trust (See TweepML.org ) or Follow the same people your friends are following
  • Activity : Explore some additional tools
    • Tweetdeck (dashboard)
    • Twitpic, Tweetphoto
    • Twitterpoll
    • Twitterfall
    • Mr Tweet
    • Twitlonger, Woofer
    • TweepML
  • Twitter is here to stay.....
  • Some theory...
    • Reflection
    • Amplification
    • Collaboration and sharing
    • Interaction and Conversation
    • Knowledge generation
  • How can Twitter be used...?
  • Teaching with Twitter
    • Discuss – how could you use Twitter ...
      • in your own teaching?
      • To extend your own PLN?
      • To create a community of practice?
  • Twitter teaching ideas
  • Activity: Your turn
    • What are your ideas for using Twitter in your own classroom?
  • Twittering at Conferences
    • Try twittering at this conference
    • Hashtag is: #ulearn10
    • Be concise
    • Report on what you think will be interesting to other people
    • Reply to others
    • Send useful URLs
  • Tweet you later!