Given our busy schedules why consider the use of weblogs, wiki or collective efforts, social media and twitter?
Well, one reason is the fact that many scholars, students, and interested others are using social media. Although not always for the same reason…
Conversations about social media – facebook, twitter, googlewave (well, maybe not gWave) have become important topics to businesses. Business and marketing efforts are using twitter far more effectively than educational leaders at present.
Can twitter help us become more effective educators and administrators?
Twitter in Higher Education 2010: Usage Habits and Trends of Today’s College Faculty (report from September 2010)
The 2010 Faculty Focus report represents the second annual survey on Twitter usage and trends among college faculty. This year’s survey, like that conducted in 2009, sought answers to some of the fundamental questions regarding faculty members’ familiarity, perception, and experience with the micro-blogging technology, as well as whether they expect their Twitter use to increase or decrease in the future.
Of those who currently use Twitter, the most common activities include “to share information with peers” and “as a real-time news source.” Instructional uses, such as “to communicate with students” and “as a learning tool in the classroom” are less popular, although both activities saw increases over the previous year. Meanwhile, a number of non-users expressed concerns that Twitter creates poor writing skills and could be yet another classroom distraction. Many also noted that very few of their students use Twitter. Finally, a new trend that emerged this year centered on the belief that many feel they already have too many places to post messages or check for student questions/comments. As one professor put it, “I have no interest in adding yet another communication tool to my overloaded life.”
Let’s take a look at twitter.com... And sign up if you have not done so already… Name Email Create a password
You can use twitter on your mobile device – cell phone, iTouch, iPad, or any mobile device
The Old twitter.com design
The New twitter.com design
Your tweets… Following… Followers… Favorites… Listed… Trends… Who to Follow list
The Old Twitter.com design… you can switch back and forth from the new design to the old design… at least for now.
Who To Follow design
Direct Messages design
Favorites page or design
Lists page – the lists that you create to organize and categorize other twitters
Listed – people who follow you, placing you on a list that they create
Tweetdeck – managing multiple accounts
In what the Washington Post called “a nod to the significance of the social networking site,” the U.S. Library of Congress announced in April 2010 it will keep a digital archive of every public tweet that has been broadcast on Twitter since its inception in March 2006.
QIK = Real Time Live video streaming
Remember this is in beta!!
Helpful applications to make twitter useful for you. The growth of Twitter has also spawned a number of third-party applications developed to help users manage their Twitter activity. Some of the more popular ones are TweetDeck, HootSuite, and Seesmic. For shortening URL’s, critical given the limited character count for each tweet, bit.ly and tiny URL are commonly used.
What policies, rules, and limits to you want to set in your use of twitter or any form of social media!
In the end, as with any tool – the utility of twitter (and by extension any social media) depends on how it is used.
Ymmv = your mileage may vary
Thank you for your time!
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Tweet, Tweet: Why Twitter Matters Using Twitter in the Classroom and Beyond Art Jipson, University of Dayton Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Criminal Justice Studies CrimJustStudies on twitter artjipson on twitter, skype Art Jipson on LinkedIn November 2, 2010
Academic Scholarship <ul><li>Still Important </li></ul><ul><li>New Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Agency and Scholarship </li></ul>
Why consider social media? <ul><li>90 trillion (with a t!) e-mails were sent in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>81% of e-mails are spam </li></ul><ul><li>27.3 million tweets were sent PER DAY in November 2009. (That number has certainly grown since.) </li></ul><ul><li>There are 1.4 billion e-mail users around the world (2009). </li></ul>
Teaching + research + people + knowledge + expertise + understaffing + knowledge + facts + staff + students + future students + policies + equipment + programs + statistics + meetings + committees + professional associations + group conversations + one-on-one conversations + email + notes + memos + rules and regulations + CAP + blah blah blah + people + ? = HELP!
Why should you use twitter for communication and organization?
2010 Faculty Focus Survey <ul><li>Survey of 1,372 higher education professionals </li></ul><ul><li>35.2% of respondents who completed the survey in July-August 2010 use Twitter in some capacity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That is an increase from 30.7 percent in 2009. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, the percentage of educators who never used Twitter decreased from 56.4% in 2009 to 47.9% in 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>The remaining 16.9% consists of those who tried Twitter, but stopped using it —an increase from 12.9% in 2009. </li></ul>
Future of Educational Tweets? <ul><li>In terms of future use, just over half (56.8%) of current Twitter users say they expect to increase their use during the coming academic year. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 2.5% say their Twitter use will likely decrease, and 40.7% say it will stay about the same. </li></ul>
Use in the Classroom Messaging Announcements Answer student questions Keep and maintain engagement http://www.flickr.com/photos/ijames/112866961/
Twitter and Scholarship <ul><li>Maintain social networks of scholars and administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Share information </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing comments about conferences (via #hashtags) </li></ul>
Views on Twitter <ul><li>Problem, waste of time, Not really your “friends” </li></ul><ul><li>Why Social Media matters to students! </li></ul><ul><li>Why Twitter might matter… to you! </li></ul>
How do I use twitter for communication and organization?
Blogs organized by date single author posts edit own content (only) posts rarely change conversation based one to many Wikis organized by links (pages) Multi author pages edit everyone’s pages Pages can change collaboration based many to many
Twitter organized by account holder (who you follow) single author posts edit own content , favorites posts evolve organically conversation based one to many Email organized by date or other selected criteria (inbox) single or multi author notes reply, forward, delete notes can change Information exchange based one to many or one
Advantage: Blog <ul><li>Easy to post information </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>Comments can be attached to each post </li></ul><ul><li>Only blog authors can edit the content of a post </li></ul><ul><li>Can be done from mobile advice with application </li></ul>
Advantage: Wiki <ul><li>Anyone anywhere (or at least those with a password) can contribute </li></ul><ul><li>True and equal collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Can create any order/flow to the information (sometimes chronological order doesn’t work well for the type of content) </li></ul><ul><li>Can be done from mobile device with application </li></ul>
Advantage: Email <ul><li>Anyone anywhere can get an account that can be checked from almost anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Easy and efficient flow of information (provided the servers work and you do not go over the space allotment) </li></ul><ul><li>Can create any order/flow to the information being communicated </li></ul><ul><li>Portable can be done from mobile device </li></ul>
Advantage: Twitter <ul><li>Anyone anywhere with access can participate </li></ul><ul><li>Truly democratic participation </li></ul><ul><li>Follow individuals, organizations, entities (film production, television shows, universities, programs, current events) </li></ul><ul><li>Can be accessed, organized, and maintained by mobile device (perhaps Twitter’s greatest strength! </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated applications, software to share photos, video, and more </li></ul>
Email, Blogs Wikis & Twitter are tools. There are many tools in the social media toolbox. http://www.flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/2376359338/
What can this tool help me do that I couldn't do before? Will using this tool help me accomplish a familiar activity in a better way? http://www.flickr.com/photos/docman/36125185/