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TwHistory presentation given at AECT 2010 in Anaheim, CA. See for more info.

TwHistory presentation given at AECT 2010 in Anaheim, CA. See for more info.

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  • 1. TwHistory Tom Caswell @tom4cam Rob Barton @robmba Marion Jensen @marionjensen Carla Federman @crfederman @twhistory Students Creating Collaborative Historical Narratives with Social Media
  • 2. What is Twitter?  Free status update tool.  What's happening? in 140 characters.  Messages are called tweets.  19% of American internet users are on Twitter.
  • 3. The Big Idea  Attending conference remotely  Hundreds of people in the Twitter channel  Idea: Real-time, virtual, historical reenactments using Twitter
  • 4. Learning Objectives  It is the unique bias of each source that helps us understand the range of viewpoints people held at the time (Barton, K.C., 2005)
  • 5. Learning Objectives  Followers/spectators ◦ Experience history in small chunks ◦ Gain a sense for the actual timing of events
  • 6. Learning Objectives  Participants/content creators ◦ Evaluate primary sources from historical figures ◦ Represent historical personae using social media tools ◦ Collaboratively simulate historical events through individual characters
  • 7. From Gettysburg to the Cuban Missile Crisis  3 months leading up to Gettysburg  High School teacher followed  Used in Cold War History course Boo-yah!
  • 8. Process  Establish Community & Communication ◦ Google Groups ◦ Find/share historical figures ◦ Collaborators select historical figures
  • 9. Process  Research & Write Tweets ◦ Google Docs spreadsheet ◦ One historical character per spreadsheet ◦ Estimate timing of events ◦ Shorten to tweet length  =LEN(C1)
  • 10. Process  Combine All Characters ◦ Create a Master spreadsheet in Google Docs ◦ Combine, sort, and check timing and sequences
  • 11. Process  Schedule & Send Tweets ◦ Pre-schedule tweets at appropriate dates and times ◦ 1-5 tweets per day per character ◦ Follow with a Twitter list, all characters in one place ◦ Enjoy the Show
  • 12. Recent Projects  Gettysburg  1847 Pioneer Trek  Cuban Missile Crisis  Tweet The Exodus  Titanic concept piece
  • 13. Future Projects  Lewis & Clark expedition  Apollo Missions 40th anniversaries  Titanic 100th anniversary
  • 14. Future Directions  website with all tools in one place to collaborate and schedule tweets  Archives that allow reuse: modification, compressed timelines  Integrate geolocation data
  • 15. Top 10 Things Learned from TwHistory  There was a girl who really would stand at the bow of the Titanic after her nightly escapades.  Fort Bridger was just a couple small log cabins.  No one really won the Battle of Gettysburg.  Never leave the percussion cap on the hammer of your rifle.  If you don't burn towns as you march through them, the ladies treat you nicely.  Don't tie up the president's horse within rope's distance of a sinkhole.  If you're considering deserting the army, be prepared to dig your own grave and then be shot in it.  Only 3 of the 4 smokestacks on the Titanic were real; the last one was decoration.  The best time to raid the enemy's camp is just when they're sitting down to dinner.  History can be fun and interesting.
  • 16. Please Vote   text 102066 to 73774  $25k in funding to develop curriculum