Twitter - Introduction Desktop and web-based tools for listening and monitoring Activity: Listening – Google Alerts, Hootsuite URL shorteners, Twitter scheduling tools Generating greater Twitter impact Analysing the impact of tweets Outline common Twitter etiquette Review mistakes to avoid
Framework for CPD using Twitter
Connectivism - learning conceptualized through the lens of today’s world - George Siemens
Learning is a process of connecting specialized notes or information sources Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitated continual learning. Ability to see connections between fields, ideas and concepts is a core skill.
Learning is the creation and removal of connections between the entities, or the adjustment of the strengths of those connections. A learning theory is, literally, a theory describing how these connections are created or adjusted.
Vocabulary building: Students can tweet sentences using a particular word to build vocabulary learning.Twitter can improve writing and punctuation: As long as students are held accountable for their grammar, using Twitter offers a great opportunity for improving writing and punctuation.Daily word games: Ask students to unscramble anagrams, contribute synonyms, or give vocabulary definitions on Twitter.Grammar review: Students can tweet past tense, run on sentences, compound sentences, and more.An exercise in learning to be concise: At the College of the Holy Cross, assistant professor Daniel Klinghard uses Twitter to teach students to be concise, summarizing major political texts without going over Twitter-imposed character limits.
Inspirational quotes of the day: Allow students to become more familiar with Twitter, and exercise reading and writing skills by having a student post an inspirational quote tweet each day, preferably relating to course content.Conversations can continue outside of class: When students participate in Twitter discussions in class, there’s a great opportunity for conversations to continue to develop even after the lecture is over.School trip tracking: Whether it’s a field trip or a long journey, students can log and track their progress on a school trip using Twitter.Bringing characters to life: At California State University-San Marcos, students in a literature course use Twitter to bring Twilight characters to life, choosing characters from the series to personify on Twitter.Class newspaper: The entire class can come together to create a newspaper, contributing to sections using hashtags.Conference following: Students can follow professionals and industry conferences to see what’s going on in that particular realm.Bonus assignments: Give students optional bonus work to do at home, assigned via Twitter.Meme tracking: Students can study communication and sociology through the tracking of ideas and ads that spread through Twitter.Reading assignment summaries: Students can build 140-character summaries based on reading assignments, forcing a focus on quality.Link sharing: With Twitter, students can share websites with class, making relevant link finding and sharing a classroom assignment.Trend mapping: Using Twittermap, students can track what people are talking about where.Researching locations: The class can send out a tweet, asking people to give them their location, and then research that particular location.Twitter puzzles: Tweet a puzzle each week, giving a prize to the first student who shares the correct answer.Language learning: Teachers can send foreign language students tweets in a different language, and have students continue the conversation in the same language.Twitter poetry: Create a collaborative poem where each student contributes one line.Twitter book club: Within the classroom, willing participants can engage in a Twitter book club for extra credit.Word tracking: Using Twitter, students can track a word, staying on top of any posts that contain a particular word, like a movie title or store name.A Twitter story: Students can take turns tweeting stories together, using a hashtag to keep it all together as each student takes a turn to tweet the next line.Sharing microreviews: Using Twitter, students can write a short review of movies, books, and music that they’ve enjoyed (or not).Twitter haiku: Using Twitter, students can share short poems to express how they feel about a subject.Twitter art show: Students can curate their own art shows, using Twitter to share what they think belongs in a particular exhibit.Collaborative event watching: Students can “watch” presidential debates, political speeches, and other important events together outside of class time, and then continue the discussion back at school.Current events: By Twitter stalking, students can stay on top of current events through users, such as @BarackObamaduring the presidential elections.Find foreign pen pals: Students can use Twitter to communicate with students in a different country, learning about their hobbies, home, school, and more.
Twitter for Educators: Anguilla Teachers' Union 2014 conference
Twitter for Educators
ATU Oct 10 2014
LeRoy Hill PhD
• Describe basic functions and terminology of
• Discuss impact for own personal digital
Identity & professional development
• Identify uses of Twitter in in and out of the
• Demonstrate use of Twitter in
Social media is…
• a group of Internet-based
applications that build on the
ideological and technological
foundations of Web 2.0, and
that allow the creation and
exchange of user-generated
content.” Kaplan and Haenlein
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In other words
• Social Media is used to describe the continuous
ubiquitous online conversations using:
• Social networking
• Synchronous chat
• Video and audio
• Social photo and video sharing
• And much more
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Social Media is not Social Networking
• Social networks represent the relationships
and connections between individuals or
groups (the nodes)
• Social media is the technology (tool) used to
connect groups or individuals.
Twitter in Plain English
A CommonCraft Video
Twitter users have developed short-form syntax to make the most of 140 characters. Here are the
Once you've signed up and chosen a Twitter username, you and others can mention an
account in your Tweets by preceding it with the @ symbol, eg: "Glad your shipment arrived
When you see a Tweet by another user that you want to share, click Retweet below it to
forward it to your followers instantly.
If you want to privately Tweet to a particular user who's already following you, start your
Tweet with DM or D to direct-message them, eg: "DM @joesmith234 what is your order
Users often prepend # to words in their Tweets to categorize them for others eg: "Check out
our new products for the Fallhttp://t.co/link2 #fallsale" Think of hashtags as the theme of your
Tweet. Users can then click on a hashtag to see other similarly-themed tweets and find yours
• to follow
• a retweet
• to retweet
• to trend
• a tweet
• to tweet
• URL shortener
Note: There's a difference between a mention and a reply. Make sure you
know which is which.
Twitter will automatically shorten
URLs placed in tweets that are more
than 30 characters. Some other
Be aware that some users will question
Research on Twitter suggests
• use more adverbs and verbs
• tweet on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday d
uring the afternoon
• Watch your Language – include the
words via, @, RT, and please.
– Say thank you for mention
– Acknowledge someone’s effort
• Write professionally
• Never RT praise replies.
• Resist Twitting too much
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MISTAKES TO AVOID
• Never RT something you did not read or follow
• DON’T YELL!
• Don’t believe the ‘get 100 followers a day’ spam
• Follow someone that mentions you without
• Don’ beg someone to follow you.
• Be slack about your Twitter security
• RT tweets that you suspect as strange
• Use #hashtags inappropriately (eg. good
#morning #world this is my #news)
• Don’t just repeat everyone else – be
topical & fresh
• Send out a public reply that is supposed to
MISTAKES TO AVOID…
Using Twitter in the Classroom
• Supplemental information
• Live microblogging
• Connections/PLNs (e.g., Siemens, 2004)
• Collect real world data
• Twitter polls
• Backchannel communication
• Other? – see recommendations by Online Unversity
Ways to use Twitter in your
Online universitues.com (2011)
• Use Twitter as a bulletin board for students
• Parents can sign up to receive tweets from teachers,
learning about activities, tests, projects, and more.
• Using hashtags on Twitter, students who were not
able to make it to class can follow along and stay on
top of the conversation.
• use Twitter to engage and discuss during class time.
Students can also tweet about what they are
learning, difficulties they faced, resources etc.
• Twitter Pop quiz / poll.
• End of the day summary/reflections
• Organizing dispersed group into a collective
• Collating view & comments through the use of
• Teachers use Twitter crowdsourcing for
recommended books, teaching tools, and ideas for
• Use Twitter for data from foreign distant places eg
temperatures, opinions, locations, and interesting
• Find authors, scientists, or historians on Twitter and
get connected; a great resource for the classroom.
• Students can tweet sentences using a particular
word to build vocabulary learning.
• As long as students are held accountable for their
grammar, using Twitter offers a great opportunity
for improving writing and punctuation.
• Use Twitter to teach students to be concise,
summarizing major points without going over
Twitter-imposed character limits.
• Ask students to unscramble anagrams, contribute
synonyms, or give vocabulary definitions on Twitter.
• Inspirational quotes of the day
• Conversations continue outside class
• School trip tracking
• Bringing characters to life
• Class newspaper
• Conference following
• Bonus assignments
• Reading assignment summaries
• Link sharing
• Trend mapping
• Current events
• Researching locations
• Twitter puzzles
• Language learning
• Twitter poetry
• Twitter book club
• Word tracking
• A Twitter story
• Sharing microreviews
• Twitter haiku
Twitter art show
• Collaborative event watching
• Find foreign pen pals
Let your tweets flow
Activity 4 - Reflection
• Post your reflections at http://hillconcepts.com/twittered/