Tom Caswell @tom4cam
Rob Barton @robmba
Marion Jensen @marionjensen
Carla Federman @crfederman
What is Twitter?
Free status update tool.
What's happening? in 140 characters.
Messages are called tweets.
19% of American internet users are on
The Big Idea
Attending conference remotely
Hundreds of people in the Twitter channel
Idea: Real-time, virtual, historical
reenactments using Twitter
It is the unique bias
of each source that
helps us understand
the range of
held at the time
(Barton, K.C., 2005)
◦ Experience history in small chunks
◦ Gain a sense for the actual timing of events
◦ Evaluate primary sources
from historical figures
◦ Represent historical
personae using social media
◦ Collaboratively simulate
historical events through
From Gettysburg to
the Cuban Missile Crisis
3 months leading up to Gettysburg
High School teacher followed
Used in Cold War History course
Establish Community & Communication
◦ Google Groups
◦ Find/share historical figures
◦ Collaborators select historical figures
Research & Write Tweets
◦ Google Docs spreadsheet
◦ One historical character per spreadsheet
◦ Estimate timing of events
◦ Shorten to tweet length
◦ Create a
◦ Combine, sort,
Schedule & Send Tweets
◦ Pre-schedule tweets at appropriate dates
◦ 1-5 tweets per day per character
◦ Follow with a Twitter list, all characters in
◦ Enjoy the Show
Lewis & Clark expedition
Apollo Missions 40th anniversaries
Titanic 100th anniversary
TwHistory.org website with all tools in one
place to collaborate and schedule tweets
Archives that allow reuse: modification,
Integrate geolocation data
Top 10 Things Learned
There was a girl who really would stand at the bow of the Titanic after her
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
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
The best time to raid the enemy's camp is just when they're sitting down to
History can be fun and interesting.
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$25k in funding to develop curriculum