Using microblogging in education


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Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning
CO11 on IT4ALL Moodle & WiZiQ
Feb 4-6, 2011
CO11: Microblogging in education
February 05 2011 | 10:00 AM (EST)

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Using microblogging in education

  1. 1. How to use MICROBLOGGING in Education Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck University Politehnica/ Timsoft West University Timisoara, Romania CO11 Connecting Online 2011
  2. 2. Let’s know each other A short introduction in Social Learning What is microblogging? Overview of the microsphere . General uses Discover microblogging through Educational uses of microblogging What does the future look like?Microblogging Reflections Where do we learn more? Workshop group:
  3. 3. Let’s know each other
  4. 4. A short introductionSOCIAL LEARNING
  5. 5. Web2.0 / social networks have great impactin collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007microblogging-2008-2010, augmented realitylocation based applications - 2010
  6. 6. Enhancing teaching & learning using Web2.0 technologies from Handbook of Emerging Technologies in EducationGeorge Siemens, Peter Tittenberg (pg.34)
  7. 7. Welcome to … your space• Which 5 web 2.0 applications do youappreciate and use most? Tweet #co11• Compare your a-list with Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010
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  9. 9. What is it? And why should I care? INTRODUCTION TO MICROBLOGGING
  10. 10. A collaborative definition of microblogging generated by embedded in the note at
  11. 11. Microblogging is a new form of blogging, with brief text updates of 140characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3rd party applications, which allows real-time interactions between users.
  12. 12. Microblogging is a collaborative technology photo:
  13. 13. Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
  14. 14. Microblogging platforms used in education photo:
  15. 15. Overview of the Microsphere Timeline Mar 2006 Oct 2007 Dec 2007 Jan 2008 Mar 2008 Jul 2008 Sep 20084 platforms in Tops 100 Tools for Leaning 2009/2010: Twitter, Cirip, Yammer, Edmodo Elizabeth Koh, An overview of microblogging,, slide 16
  16. 16. How microblogging tools work1. Create an account and sign in2. Search for other people to follow (Other people are doing the same for you)3. Read other peoples’ updates4. Enter an update yourself5. Go back to steps 3 and 4!16
  18. 18. Socialtwitter networking in 140 characters  The most popular microblogging system  Launched in July, 2006  Robust, elegant and simple  More than 200 million users  Numerous mash-ups
  19. 19. Twitter Educational uses:Classroom communityCollaborationProject ManagementAssessing opinionConference / researchVirtual classroomLearning experiencesPersonal Learning NetworkReference services
  20. 20. A video clip about twitter at embedded in the note at
  21. 21. • a private microblogging platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments• features: Store and Share Files , Privacy Controls , Public Timeline (RSS) , Notifications (SMS) , Class Calendar , Assignments & Grades, Share Links and Embeds , Subscribe to Feeds• similar LMS photo:„ Edmodo could be used for a wide variety of tasks and lessons. […] It could also be aforum for open discussion in an online course setting. In a one-to-one computingenvironment you could post a story starter and have each student add a sentence orparagraph to create a collaboratively written story. ” Richard Byrne
  22. 22. a social journal for your life; a right-to-left scrolling “timeline” photo:„ My Plurkline, for me, is a broadcast medium -I want to put a message out there and share some information and todo that I need to keep the line clear for people to read and respond to. Im not looking to gather information fromother people there (have so many other places where I already do that).” Nick Peackey Nick Peackey
  23. 23. only 10 minutes to setup the ownmicroblogging networkuseful for those devoted to aparticular nichea customizable and easy-to-usecommunity spacesharing photos, files, links,locations and much more througha well known microblogginginterface photo:„We’ve all known it was coming, it was just a matter of time. Well, it has finally arrived and I’m thrilled tosay that it was worth the wait. ShoutEm is a create-your-own-Twitter platform that works just as easily asNing does. Steve Dembo Steve Dembo
  24. 24. • an open source implementation of a distributed microblogging platform, CreativeCommons framework• full control of your data, meaning if you want to migrate to another service you can take it with you• allows you to post 140 characters messages• login with your OpenID• SMS updates and notifications• groups„ Discussing and proposing pedagogical approachs for education within the paradigm and assistance ofWeb2.0.”
  25. 25. • business oriented • used in a single organisation • attachment links, images, files • potential for schools photo:„But I can see the potential for, say, a school. Certainly in the UK, [….] it would be really easy to set up aYammer account for students and staff to collaborate with each other in a closed-off environment. So, if Twitter seems somewhat too open for comfort, perhaps Yammer is the answer. ” Terry Freedman
  26. 26. • more than 140 characters• commenting and "like" system• room / group creation• attachment links, pictures, embeddable widgets (YouTube, Flickr, twitpic) photo:„The option to create a private Friend Feedroom could be a great way to create a backchannelfor your classroom or for any workshops that you may lead. You could alsocreate a private Friend Feed room for your students to use as brainstorming area or abook discussion forum. ”
  27. 27. • a micro-update communications for companies that gives employees the ability to: • instantly communicate their current status (collaboration in Real-Time) • ask questions • post media (share documents & media) • groups for keeping conversations organized • device support (computer, mobile phone, any device connected to the photo: Internet)„Present.lyprovides a free place to get the same type of feedback as youd gather onTwitter, but in a closed setting..” Richard Byrne Richard Byrne
  28. 28. brainstorming ideas – please add your thoughtsHOW MICROBLOGGING CAN IMPROVETEACHING AND LEARNING Scribd paper: Can we use Twitter for educational activities?
  29. 29. good points: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Exploring the language Reference services
  30. 30. bad points privacy time-consuming distracting no social educational value rude addictive meaningless without a networkspam bad grammar skills
  31. 31. What ‘s your attitude toward microblogging?•Use a single word and write it down or tweet it #co11 •Working in group, find images with flickr, flickrcc, compfight or! •Go to Photopeach and build your attitude in a digital storytelling!
  32. 32. A slideshare presentation about collaboration on microblogging, embedded in the note at
  33. 33. A photopeach presentation for microblogging metaphors, embedded in the note at
  34. 34. - a microblogging platform specially designed for education;launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications- 20000 users- interface in Romanian, English,German- Finalist at Seedcamp Zagreb, Jan2010- In Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009
  35. 35. Facilities (1)• public and private groups TUTORIAL (courses, internal training, projects, events, internal communication, service, family, hobby, etc);• group communication via SMS• polls, quizzes – online or via SMS• feeds monitoring via SMS / sites / blogs / social networks / search feeds - jobs, weather, reactions)• statistics, visualizations, tags.
  36. 36. Facilities (2)multimedia objects embedded in messages (communication flow, create/recreate,open to OERs): - livestreaming, - images (flickr, tinypic), - audio (eok, trilulilu, deezer,, vocaroo, mp3), - (live) video (youtube, dotsub, vimeo, seesmic, screencastle, screenjelly, screenr,, myvideo), - presentations (slideshare, capzles, voicethread, flowgram, photopeach, picasa, notaland, prezi, diagrammr, mindomo, mindmeister, spicynodes), - documents (odf, odt, pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt, google docs/forms/spreadsheets)
  37. 37. Who are you? Use multimedia object todescribe yourself-, deezer,youtube, vimeo - etc.
  38. 38. Educational usesinformation and knowledge managementcourses enhancementdelivering entire online courseslearning from the streamcollaborative projects in universitiescommunities of practice Social networksePortfolios. Feeds Users Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN
  39. 39. An online course about microblogging platforms Research: •integrate microbloggingMaterials: with otherannouncements Web2.0 technologiesmaterials asLOM/SCORM •microbloggingobjects platform as LMS •course facilitation
  40. 40. Course elements: collaborative exercises announcements modules - learning from the LOM/SCORM stream objectspolls/quiz/comments viaSMS (f2f) multimedia messages validations - interactions with users/experts/ groups
  41. 41. Mobile learning featureslocalize and join mobile groupsaccess content and open educational resourcesshare opinionswork collaboratively on multimedia objectsparticipate in polls and quizzesreceive/send updates via SMScreate and manage mobile PLEs;recover password via SMS.
  42. 42. Mindmap at embedded in the note at as social network: profile / object centric. LD scenarios as meta-objects.
  43. 43. Training for companies, private groups for internal communication, best cases sharing (message at
  44. 44. Indicators: ( Popularity Influence Coagulation index Exposure index Geographical distribution Temporal distribution Online social presence Rating (RT) Notoriety (favorite) Sharing (Link) IntimacyConnections/comunication SpaPLE/PLN relevance MoodePortfolio Language
  45. 45. WHAT do our students NEED? WCES 2009, 4-7 Feb., North Cyprus University
  46. 46. Workshop group:
  47. 47. Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck group: