Twitter Town - LARC's Digital Safari


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Let your students journey into the foreign language and its culture 140 characters at a time! Twitter provides the platform for authentic language and, when applied in and/or outside of the classroom, target language use becomes self-perpetuating and generative. Introduce Twitter to your classroom so students can interpret input, produce output and engage in conversations. Microblogging on Twitter helps motivate language learners to communicate more frequently in the language because this social networking tool is always on, always connected—accessible via web, text, mobile applications, and more. Join the microblogging expedition (create your own account on and explore the creation of a language learning community with your students and native speakers.

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Twitter Town - LARC's Digital Safari

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  2. 2. Getting to Twitter Town<br />
  3. 3. Twitter Town’s Sheriff<br />Professor of Italian at Montclair State<br />iVenus – Apr 2007<br />profeac – Jan 2008<br />profenza – Jan 2009<br />Students have used Twitter in<br />ITAL103 (Intermediate)<br />Grammar & Composition (Advanced)<br />Cultural Studies (in English)<br />
  4. 4. The Laws of the Land<br />Text-based posts only<br />140 character message size constraint<br />Community members include “friends” (people you choose to follow) and “followers” (people who follow you)<br />Public or private participation allowed<br />
  5. 5. The Lay of the Land<br />The last thing you<br />micro-blogged:<br />a.k.a. a tweet<br />Where you update/ tweet<br />The Town Square = the Timeline<br />Town water cooler = <br />Popular<br />topics<br />
  6. 6. Twitter Town Passports<br />
  7. 7. Digital Natives in Twitter Town<br />What benefits will students and/or teachers perceive with this type of social network?<br />What disadvantages?<br />Raise your hand<br />Or chat <br />
  8. 8. Twitter Town & You<br />Tweets are a source of information; people in certain places, at certain events, sharing at a global level<br />How is this applicable to the foreign language classroom?<br />What would you communicate to your students in 140 characters or less?<br />Use the hashtag - #larc09<br />
  9. 9. #Hashtag<br />Create groupings by adding context and metadata<br />
  10. 10. @Replies a.k.a. Mentions<br />The @Replies feature was introduced because we noticed lots of folks putting the @ symbol in front of Twitter usernames as a way of addressing one another. <br />For example: @biz what are you drinking in your avatar? (It&apos;s a soy latte.)<br />@username also now in the middle of tweets as a way to simply reference another account<br />
  11. 11. The Retweet (RT / via …)<br />Sharing and crediting sources<br />
  12. 12. The Power of the Retweet<br />
  13. 13. Benefits to Twitterers<br />They can:<br />be engaged in either synchronous or asynchronous modes of communication (always on, always connected)<br />interact with individuals or community members in the L2 <br />participate in the virtual classroom and in the L2 culture<br />
  14. 14. Not just a place to visit<br />Twitterers can:<br />micro-blog about what they are doing (learner written output)<br />read what others are doing (learner’s comprehensible input)<br />communicate directly with someone they are following (negotiation of meaning)<br />
  15. 15. Twitter Town Tips<br />Create a Twitter handle for academic use only<br />Use class time to have students create their handle, follow classmates and tweet for the first time<br />Prompt them initially to have them feel comfortable with tweeting<br />Develop your best practices for course objectives<br />
  16. 16. Educational Things To Do<br />Follow a Professional<br />Follow a Famous Person<br />Grammar<br />Rule Based Writing<br />Maximizing the Teaching Moment<br />Public Note Pad<br />Writing Assignment<br />Class chatter <br />Classroom community<br />Get a Sense of the World<br />Track a Word<br />Track a Conference<br />Instant Feedback<br />Source: AcademHack<br /> <br />
  17. 17. Tweeting in Italian<br />Twitter is self-perpetuating and generative<br />School 22.3 %<br />Entertainment 13.6 %<br />Feelings 13.6 %<br />Food 12.1 %<br />Hobby 8.0 %<br />Family 4.9 %<br />Home 4.4 %<br />Friends 4.1 %<br />American life 3.9 %<br />Events 3.6 %<br />Unexpected uses of Twitter:<br />bulletin board, requesting information and help<br /><ul><li>in an academic context (e.g., looking for misplaced textbooks and handouts, asking about deadlines for assignments)
  18. 18. technology-related matters, (e.g., how do I tweet from my cell? how do I personalize my Twitter homepage like you did?) </li></ul>Studentstweeted rather than e-mailed the instructor with questions <br />
  19. 19. Students’ Reflections<br />Twitter can transform social networking to educational networking.<br />Twitter helped reduce affective filters. <br /> Learners stated that twittering had them asking for more information and allowed them to clarify using the L2.<br />
  20. 20. Twitter Town & You<br />What would you communicate to your students in 140 characters or less?<br />What prompts would you use?<br />Use the hashtag - #larc09<br />
  21. 21. Tourist Attractions<br />There are many different applications that can enhance your visit to Twitter Town<br /><br />
  22. 22. Thanks For Visiting.<br />Y’All Come Back Now Soon<br />