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Twitter CPD

  1. 1. 'The 140 character lesson plan' - ideas for using Twitter in the classroom Alan Parkinson
  2. 2. Twitter is ten years old
  3. 3. AIMS Twitter isn't just for stalking celebrities. Come and find out how to use Twitter in your department, and leave with resources and ideas for using Twitter as a context for learning in your own subject, developing literacy skills and resourcing new exam specifications.
  4. 4. Twitter is an example of social media…
  5. 5. What is it? • A micro-blogging tool for sharing updates on activity • Used by 320 million users every month, resulting in over 1 billion visits to other websites
  6. 6. What does it involve? List of jargon and terms involved in using Twitter Tweet
  7. 7. My profile picture Type in here Add an image (or more than Add location information Add a poll Counter
  8. 8. My accounts @GeoBlogs – main account @KingsElyGeog @GI_Learner @Geocapabilities @Pensionerfrank As of this Monday….
  9. 9. Private account – I approve anyone who follows me My tweets don’t appear in the public timeline
  10. 10. Personal Learning Network (PLN) Draw on this when working or wanting to find the answer to something… Has earned me over £20 000 over the last 5 years.
  11. 11. 1. Joining Twitter / personal or dept. account • You need an e-mail address • It helps to create your profile so that it’s not a blank logo • It’s “social media” so ideally you are connecting with people • It only works once you start to follow people
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  13. 13. Getting started… Twitter is called a microblogging platform because you’re only allowed to use 140 characters to send your “tweet” (message or status) A small counter records how many characters have been used as you type your message. Weblinks are automatically shortened to save characters.
  14. 14. You can use Twitter without joining • Can use it to search for news items and resources, including images posted by people • You can also follow hashtags, which are used to aggregate tweets together
  15. 15. What is “Following?” These are the people that you’ve chosen to “follow”. It basically means that you’ll receive their tweets in your stream and they’ll receive a notification that you’ve chosen to follow them. Try to maintain your twitter following to follower ratio Who are “Followers?” These are the people who have chosen to follow you. You’ll start off at zero until you start tweeting or if the people you’ve followed decide to follow you back.
  16. 16. What Does “@” Mean on Twitter? The @ symbol means tweet “at” someone. For instance my twitter handle is @GeoBlogs. Meaning if you want to mention me in a tweet you need to add my name.
  17. 17. 2. SEARCHING TWITTER visualising certain terms or tags - download tweets from a particular account
  18. 18. Hashtag A label that can be used to identify a Tweet as belonging to a particular discussion or event. #gaconf16 – conference I went to last weekend…
  19. 19. FINDING RESOURCES SEARCH function Use words and hashtags… Narrow down using dropdown box…
  20. 20. New exam specifications
  21. 21. 3. Context for Learning BB Park Warden Activity ces/careers/parkwarden Using tweets of a person / organisation as a resource…
  22. 22. 4. Polling and decision making
  23. 23. Twitter Polls Once a poll has been posted, it will remain open for 24 hours. When that time has expired, voting will be closed automatically and the person who initiated the poll will receive a notification that it has now ended, as well as a breakdown of the final results. The winning choice will be highlighted in bold text for everyone to see.
  24. 24. 5. Feedback on work Sharing pictures and inviting PLN to comment.
  25. 25. Tweet activity 4000 views of this picture
  26. 26. Claire at the conference…
  27. 27. 6. Selfies…
  28. 28. 7. Add a Twitter Widget to your Firefly page Option is in PROFILE SETTINGS…
  29. 29. Find out when people mention you….
  30. 30. 8. EVENTS AND FIELDTRIPS Iceland fieldtrip… Communicating with parents
  31. 31. Very positive comments from parents. About 20 updates a day. Hashtag. ALERTS Keeping up to date Factor cost of data into cost of trip.
  32. 32. 9. Literacy skills & resources What can you do in 140 characters? People trapped inside a collapsed building after an earthquake
  33. 33. Dan in the Antarctic
  34. 34. Mocking up some ‘fake tweets’ as stimulus or outcome…
  35. 35. Revision - twitter revision sessions – set a time and date… Pre-release booklets for exams Sharing ideas with other colleagues Publishers also sharing ideas…
  36. 36. Twitter paper versions… Plenary Entrance / exit tickets Summarising learning Summarising larger texts
  37. 37. 10. Research – TLC – Action research… toolkit/social-media/twitter/
  38. 38. Digital tattoo rather than footprint
  39. 39. Danny Willett’s brother Paul: a teacher…. Thanks for choosing my workshop 