@twitter why use twitter?- Access to experts in all your subjects who… …tweet interesting things about what you’re studying …post links to useful resources …might answer a specific question you have …enable you to find out more about your subjects- it’s quick to check and to access- Up to date information- Easy to share useful things you find
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#1 - Gather real-world data___________________________________Put a shout out to yourTwitter network for them This makes learningto tell you (and your based on up-to-datestudents) something. information and realThis could be: people (with a real story • Location (e.g. for behind it!) Geography) • Temperature (e.g. for Science) • An interesting historical fact • Their opinion about something • Anything, really!
#2 -Monitor / GeoTag the___________________________"Buzzwords"First...Use Then...usewww.twitterfall.com www.twittermap.com• Type in a keyword • www.twittermap.com allows ("communism", you to GeoTag users and their "appeasement", "poverty" - posts whatever) • You therefore get an idea of• Then watch the results come where certain topics are being pouring in using twitterfall! discussed most... Russel Tarr (@russeltarr)
#3 - Summarise topics/views as___________________________tweets First...Usewww.historicaltweets.co Then...students do them same!• This gives some great ideas • Produce a Tweet dialogue about how famous people between two opposing might summarise their ideas / characters (e.g. King Harold experiences as "Tweets" in and William the Conqueror) 140 characters max! about a key issue... • Summarise a topic / concept / viewpoint as a tweet; each student should be given a different one to focus on Russel Tarr (@russeltarr)
#4 - Really simple one - tweetstory___________________________ First...Choose yourtheme Then...students follow via twitterfall,choose the best• Genre - Fairy Tale, Sports ones and edit them into a Story, Adventure etc. coherent story• Give it a standard story opener and tweet this to your network • Great for editing skills, story• Ask network to continue the structure etc. story in tweets, collaborating • Where will your network take the with the previous tweets and story? following them via www.twitterfall.com or a #tag @kevinmulryne
#5 - Collate classroom views___________________________Homework (or netbooks or ICT room): Then the twitter account collates the classes tweets in aFirst...set up new twitter web page...account with name oftopic or question http://twitter.com/saveorspend (thats a dummy address so no need to URL it)• EG: Students discussing • Instant collaborative web page with current economic climate might contributors identities included be: SaveOrSpend• Ask pupils to tweet @SaveOrSpend which they think is the wisest thing to do with your hard earned cash, or Government taxes• Any topic that has an open @daibarnes question to ask
#6 - Let parents follow what you are up to Iain Hallahan (@don_iain)Set up a new Twitter account for your class - you willpossibly want to protect your updates. Invite parents tofollow you, and they can see what the class are up tofrom any computer (home, work, internet cafe...) at anytime of the day or night. They might even tweet back nowand again!
# 7 - Find out where people arePut up a tweet asking Benefits:people to give you their Gives class an immediatelocation. set of places and distances to research.Class first estimate Interested to find outdistance from school, then where people are and whouse an atlas to gauge they are!distance.Then using Google Earth -can place mark where theyare and find out distances.
#8 - Short but sweetGive children individuallythe twitter 140 charactersrule - they have to writestory introduction, In groups tell children theycharacter description or are to play pass it on - butwhole story. must do this in only twitter speak 140 characters.Results can then beposted onto twitter or via They then add to it aroundblogs the group and can be shared in same way! @dawnhallybone
#9 - Twitter PollHow do adult opinions differ from the views of theclass?Use a twitter poll to collect and graph opinions about acontroversial issue.http://twtpoll.com/___________________________ Noel Jenkins with due respect to Ian Usher
#10 - Word MorphStudent stuck trying to find a new or interesting word? Is thestudents writing clique or lacking descriptive language?Use twitter to send out a word and have your network give thestudents synonym and other meanings, thereby testing the literacystrength of your PLN. Or have classrooms connect during writingworkshops. Then have the students help each other create Wordleclouds of a word and the words that are synonyms, antonyms, andexamples to foster stronger and more descriptive writing. TheWordle clouds become help posters during writing for the rest ofthe year.*this wordle created by my 8th grade class, we started with BADDan Reeve @danreeve
@don_iain #11 - Come together........... ____________________________Find someone in another class, school, country who is interested in thesame topic you are. Following each other on Twitter, share information,resources and ideas. Help each other find answers or even suggestquestions Example - Rain Forest • Primary class, primary teacher, class from special school, teacher (special), secondary class, secondary teacher and subject expert all linked via Twitter • Sharing resources/learning with others is easy and context specific • Primary/special pupils can tweet questions to secondary pupils who can either answer from prior knowledge or investigate. Subject expert able to make sure all is correct • Twitter quiz set by secondary pupils as plenary activity for special/primary pupils
____________________________Character#12 - Point of View andDevelopmentBased on a novel or short story...• After a study of point of view and character development• Students become a character and create a twitter account ex: @janeeyre, @rochester• Students use their study of that character to create conversations around key events in the plot• Would be even more interesting to focus on events and situations that are omitted from the text, but referred to, so the students are creating their own fiction based on their knowledge of the writer, the time period, and the characters Heidi Van Riper, @hlvanrip
#13 - GeoTweets____________________________Following in the footsteps of Tip #1 and#7 • Introduce your class to the features of Google Earth by asking your Twitter network for a small piece of location info. • Challenge your class to find the teachers who have replied. • Try to gather some evidence that you have found them - name on football pitch, distinct shape of building - something to prove they have been found. • Reply with this info. • Use different Google Earth layers of information to help with the search. • Gives a great real purpose to the Lesson blog post @tombarrett use of Google Earth
#14 - Global Assembly____________________________• Ask you Twitter network to comment on local or national issues for a class or whole school assembly.• In the past I have asked mine to comment on the question, "What does WATER means to them?" and "What does a new term mean to you?"• With a global, if somewhat still limited, perspective we were able to talk about how world climate differences can influence such a commodity.• Ask you network to comment on the issue you are discussing and to ensure they provide where @tombarrett they are. Assembly blog post
#15 - Word Play__________________Games... Post a Word and Guess...Anagrams - post 8 letters and see how many new words Synonyms? can be formed? "What does it mean?" Antonyms? Use twtpoll to post definitions. Who can guess the correct meaning? Homonyms? @bookminder
#17 - Communicate with experts There are loads of experts on Twitter these days, and some are willing to talk to the kids. Find an author, a scientist, a local historian... NASA has many twitter streams, as do NASA Fellows (teachers who work on NASA projects.) Theyre Twitter- friendly!@turrean @porchdragon
#18 Use a Twitter widget for instant webpage updates.-Teachers are often locked into usingparticular website builders. Adding a Twitter badge means being able to add instant web updates any time, anywhere. These updates can be viewed by everyone who visits your website--even parents whove never heard of Twitter. @turrean
#19 - Monitor the learning process Its useful to the students: theyWhile they work on become aware of their ownassignments, stimulate your learning process + its a way of collaborative learning.students to tweet and replyabout: • stuff they learn • difficulties they face • tips they want to share Its useful to the teacher: each students learning process • great resources they find becomes visible and can be • ... evaluated.In this way, Twitter replacesthe students logbook @driesvangils
#20 - How Probable?____________________________When learning about probability and the language ofchance in mathematics, use your Twitter network tooffer a real world response to your questions.• "What are the chances you will see a deer today?"• "What are the chances it will snow where you are?"• With a variety of people in different locations you will hopefully have a variety of different responses.• I have used this successfully for a few years now in my maths lessons, and the different language used in replies provides a great teaching opportunity. From "50/50" to "Buckleys Mate" !• Twitter replies could then be captured, added to a IWB notebook and placed on a probability scale or indeed a map of the origin, sparking further discussion about how this affects the probability of different events.
#21: Twalter-egos Following a discussion with @tonycassidy on Enquiry in Geography, we thought about creating a fictional alter-ego in Twitter who would develop as a character who had a back story. After this had been developed, they could be introduced to classes, who could follow, and do activities based on past tweets. Created 3 characters. The most developed is @pensionerfrank My farming character is being followed by Farmers Weekly. Blog post with details HERE .@GeoBlogs
#22 - Scavenger Hunt• Have students find websites, pictures, or other online documents that fit a certain criteria related to your subject area. o For example, if you are studying China, you could have students locate a map of China before PRC was formed or a narrative account of the Tiananmen Square incident.• Students then post links to Twitter, and once a resource has been posted, it can not be posted by another student/group.• This could be used in conjunction with teaching research skills & information literacy and/or as a method for collecting resources.
#23 - Track with Twitter Twitter is the most brilliant trip-tracker. I used it last year on a 100km charity walk, so that those supporting and sponsoring could follow our journey, and am using it again for a school trip: twitter.com/hadrianswall09 It updates instantly, works from a mobile phone, and can also upload photographs that are geotagged, so parents of those pupils can be part of the trip, the rest of the school can watch developments, and those on the trip have a brilliant record of what they got up to! @mrlockyer
#24 - Teach bite-sized infoTwitter is perfect for teaching Examples / ideas forinfo which can be learned in dedicated educationany order and taught in small to Tweets: Use coke loosen tightamounts. • screws. Medical terminology •toAdvanced EnglishSet up a Twitter account dedicated teaching just one topic - No class interaction, no wordslinks, just pure information. • Shakespeare quotes • @FrenchmotThis could raise your profile • Preschool activitiesas an expert in your field. • DIY tipsYour students could be your Alexander the great • @Cookbooksuccessfully invaded Indiaclass or anyone anywhere. in 327BC, but turned back • Study tips without exerting power.Plus, they can follow you forlife. Most of the worlds • Geography population lives in the Northern Hemisphere. • GardeningAngela Alcorn - @smange • Singing
#25 - Twitter as a Research DiaryIf you are a researcher, you may use twitter asa research diary for your daily classroomfindings through: - sharing - reflecting - engaging - inquiring & - reportingBy getting back to your tweets, you will definitely findinvaluable accumulated materials, links, notes, andreflections that could contribute to your final researchreport.Invite your colleagues, other experts, or even yoursupervisors to check your progress of what you are @tweet4educationdoing and to offer you instant advice & feedback if
#26 - Historical FiguresInvite your students or classes togenerate a Twitter account for ahistorical figure.For example Samuel Pepys hasan account and has beenexplaining his experiencesduring the London fires. Ahauntingly effective way ofgaining insight.This concept could be applied to any Historical recounttime period. published on the same • What would an Egyptian Vizier report date in history would be during the construction of the very powerful. pyramids?
#27 - Students tweeting current newseventsStudents use twitter to report real time ICT newsevents. As part of their A level coursework they have toassess the impact of ICT on A teacher account - society. MrAICTTweetNews is followed but students who set up an account specifically for tweeting news accounts. They have to tweet at least once during a 7 day period, ensuring that no other pupil has tweeted the same topic. As they complete their coursework they review previous tweets. @infernaldepart
#28 - Recreating HistoryChildren could research and write the tweets for ahistorical character. We used @LCS_RCatesby to tellthe story of Robert Catesby, Gunpowder Plotmastermind, after Guy Fawkes had been captured.Hootsuite was used to schedule the tweets to appear ata later date. Wallwisher was then used to receivefeedback.The children really enjoyed researching the topicand loved having an audience for their work.This could be repeated with other schools takingon other roles within the plot.
#29 - Twits n TweetsWe listened to the Twits audio book and after each chapter the classcomposed a tweet to describe the key events of the chapter they hadheard.We then collected the ideas together, discussed how hard it was (limitingthe amount of characters is such a good thinking skill especially I find forboys) and then created our final class one which we posted.The children loved the idea of me typing directly onto the page and thenseeing it be published on the internet.We extended our use throughout our book week.Robert Drummond >> my blog >> my schools blog
#30 - Multi-media Class Newspapers______________________________________Create a class or project Students sharednewsletter at Paper.li by: links and tweets•Simply creating either aspecific hashtag # or (safer) becomea specific twitter account professionalfor the class/project. looking articles•Going to Paper.li andcreating the newspaper.It will auto-publish a veryglamorous multi-medianewspaper from all the #tags or all the tweepsfollowed by the main twitteraccount and send it out tothose who subscribe on an
#31 - Revision challenges______________________________________Create a list about a topic for an exam your children arerevising for, then post a daily (they could be more than one aday) challenge in the form of a question, task, etc...Then favour the best answers and give feedback in the form ofmore probing questions!Pupils who get most favoures answers could win a prize at theend.Simple, but effective. My kids told me they learnt a lot from the @asobertweets they exchanged with each other and me!
#32 - Blurters______________________________________I used twitter with one of my "blurters" this semesters.He always wanted to make comments and interupt ourcivics class. He sat with the netbook computer and wasable to tweet his "blurts" which came instantly to myphone.If he was making a pertinent comment I wouldacknowledge this during the class. If not, I would let itgo. He learned how to make appropriate comments andby the end of the semester was able to participatebetter in class discussion.He is autistic and has a way to go...but, this was a veryvaluable tool for him.
#33 - Questioning______________________________________My civics students and I "watched" the State of theUnion address together live on TV. All my studentshave school twitter accounts. We "met" online andwatched the address.They asked me questions that they never would haveasked in class and were actually EXCITED to carry onthe discussion the next day in class!The best lesson on the State of the Union and executivebranch that Ive had in 28 years!Jeanie Robinson
#34 Preparing an exchange________________________________________• Get to know eachother Essential language tools• Twitter is an excellent tool to prepare a student exchange and teacher program. opportunities• presentation, exchange of videos, • presentation, questioning, podcasts or other info/media before the exchanging info on common actual exchange can make it easier to get to know eachother. interests, writing and• It can be done one year ahead or the reading skills (KISS), using same year social media = motivation• real-time communication if online• track everything when using one • involve parents so they know hashtag whos coming over• use some of the tools aforementioned in • monitor and follow-up skills of this presentation (polls, geolocation, ...)• create schoolaccounts and make sure your pupils (even if not in this they all follow eachother context)• if a language exchange: agree on what language is used when @devlies
#35 - Use Twitter to set HW I often set HW for my KS4 students by sending out a Tweet with a code and a task. This can be useful to get students to read up on something before the next lesson, a research task or it can even be a link to a Google docs form with a quiz they need to complete.@ali_mulla@LearnICTit
#36 Twitter Quiz snap____________________________Everyone has taken part in a Quiz as well as playedthe card game Snap Play both through twitter• Organise class into teams with two or three members• Decide on a hashtag e.g #twitterquizsnap• Each team will compete to reply to a teachers tweet as fast as they can in competition with each other.• Teacher will tweet either a sentence that the teams will need to reply to with a point awarded to the team that replies first or answer a question which has a set number of points• To aid literacy, every tweet must be spelt correctlyJohn Heffernan @johnmayo
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