'The 140 character
lesson plan' - ideas for
using Twitter in the
Twitter is ten years old
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.
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
What does it involve?
List of jargon and terms involved in using Twitter
My profile picture
Type in here
Add location information
Add a poll
@GeoBlogs – main account
As of this Monday….
Private account – I approve anyone who follows me
My tweets don’t appear in the public timeline
Personal Learning Network (PLN)
Draw on this when working or wanting to find the answer
Has earned me over £20 000 over the last 5 years.
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
Twitter is called a microblogging platform
because you’re only allowed to use 140
characters to send your “tweet” (message or
A small counter records how many characters
have been used as you type your message.
Weblinks are automatically shortened to save
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
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.
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
2. SEARCHING TWITTER
visualising certain terms or tags
http://allmytweets.net - download tweets from
a particular account
A label that can be used to identify a
Tweet as belonging to a particular
discussion or event.
#gaconf16 – conference I went to
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.
5. Feedback on work
Sharing pictures and inviting
PLN to comment.