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Presentation for College and Arts & Science Learning and Teaching conference 18/1/13 at Nottingham Trent University.
In a 2 hour session with year 2 students a range of technologies were used to develop their understanding of creativity, e.g. wikis, discussion boards, screen casts and open ether pads. To support the use of these technologies twitter was used to move students on through the session, provide assistance and motivation to individuals who were all working at their own computer (some at home, others in university).
This session will demonstrate how twitter can be used with students for an online session.

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Keeping pace with twitter

  1. 1. Educational use of twitter: keeping the pace Alison Hardy School of Education @hardy_alison Todays meet:
  2. 2. Research question• How can twitter be used, in conjunction with other web based technologies, in a time limited educational setting?
  3. 3. What am I using twitter for?• Give out notices• Remind students• Sharing information/ resources• Sharing what I am reading now• Canvassing opinion• Keeping up to date with my subject• Chatting to colleagues, peers and students (a little)NB: separate course & personal accounts, I don’tfollow students
  4. 4. Why twitter?• Free access• Short comments: 140 characters or less• Interactive• Search tools within twitter: hashtagIssues/limitations with twitter• Tweets can be difficult to find• In the moment
  5. 5. Context• Year 2 UG module• Students experienced in using wikis and discussion boards• Prior to the session most were following me on twitter• I had been using twitter for 11 months• 59 tweets sent by me between 9.33 am and 12.13pm.• The session ran from 10- 12 on a Monday morning
  6. 6. Twitter name: @hardy_alisonTodays meet:
  7. 7. Setting upList of students on twitterPrivate list
  8. 8. WikiInformation given before the session
  9. 9. ScreenrScreencasts of instructions
  10. 10. NOW discussion boardsUsed during the session
  11. 11. Session plan 1Content page from NOW for the session
  12. 12. Stage Time Subject matter Lecturer activity Student activity Resources/Differentiati Assessment Category on/Notes of activity1. Prior to start Practice topic in Screenr prepared Make at least one post to NOW discussion All to have made a post Student Stage 2 NOW Tweet: topic ‘Practice topic’ Some to have replied to led #dtes2 Ready to start #dtes2 ? another post Few to have started a new thread2. 10-10.05 Introduction to Screenr with information Watch screenr and find Wiki Lecturer Stage 3 session about where resources are relevant resources NOW: content for today, led #dtes2 for this morning’s session discussion and buzz Screenr Skype? Twitter Individual notes on topics3. 10.05 - 10.25 Online discussion Monitor online discussion 1. Read instructions NOW All to have made an Student in groups of 3 on on topic Individual notes on topics appropriate post which led Stage 4 NOW 2. Contribute to uses reading #dtes2 discussion topic as Some summary/ per instructions! conclusion of the topic Few to have identified key points for sharing with peers4. 10.25 – 10.40 Preparation for 1. Post groups for next 1. Check new groups – NOW discussion on topic None Student Stage 5 jigsaw & grab a stage on wiki on wiki Individual notes on topics activity #dtes2 coffee 2. Open new 2. Read instructions Twitter discussion forum for new discussion Wiki 3. Get a coffee in NOW 4. Read tweets! 3. Prepare information for sharing about your topic 4. Get a coffee! 5. Post a tweet about how this morning is going Session plan 2 Section of lecturers plan showing stages of session
  13. 13. Hashtag26 tweets sent by me during the session to all students taking part, most using#dtes2 Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. (Twitter, 2013)
  14. 14. Analysis of my tweets: How I planned to use twitterKeep the pace Provide examples and advice
  15. 15. How I actually used twitterCategory of Total number of Tweets with only one Tweets with >1 focuscomment/tweet lecturer tweets focusInstruction to whole 18 2 16groupEncouragement 26 12 14Identifying good 4 0 4practiceHelping out/ advising 22 12 10Chat 14 8 6Keeping the pace 21 0 21
  16. 16. Examples of categories 1Instruction Encouragement
  17. 17. Examples of categories 2Highlighting good practice Help and advice
  18. 18. Examples of categories 3Instructing, keeping pace and Chathelping
  19. 19. Example of categories 4Pace
  20. 20. Feedback from students
  21. 21. Conclusion/ further discussion• Needed significant set up time• Tweets written in advance – make use of other applications such as TweetDeck