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Twitter in Education: Considerations & Possibilities


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Presented by: Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz & Laura Grant, NM State University
New Mexico Technology in Education Conference October 2009

Educators around the world are utilizing Twitter as a personal learning environment, but how else can microblogging be used in education? From K12 to Higher Education, we will present the possibilities of Twitter and alternative tools in both instructional and student support contexts. We’ll share examples of how elementary, secondary and higher education faculty and institutions are using microblogging to augment communication in thoughtful ways, but we won’t stop there. Social media tools like this require important safety and security considerations as well as outcomes based planning. Join us and identify issues and strategies you’ll need to know about Twitter for educational purposes.

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Twitter in Education: Considerations & Possibilities

  1. 1. Twitter in EducationConsiderations & Possibilities<br /><br /><br />Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz<br />Laura Grant<br />@laurapresently<br /><br />
  2. 2. A way of …microsharing<br />A form of …micromedia<br />….micro=smaller….<br /><ul><li> 140 characters
  3. 3. a ‘headline’ of one’s status
  4. 4. shared with followers
  5. 5. often using @replies
  6. 6. Generates a stream</li></li></ul><li><br />
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  8. 8. #hashtag<br />RT - retweet<br />
  9. 9. Overview<br />Possibilities<br />Higher Education<br />Secondary Education<br />Elementary Education<br />Considerations<br />Outcomes Based Approach<br />Safety & Security<br />Alternative Tools<br /><br />
  10. 10. Higher EducationPossibilities<br />
  11. 11. Educators <br />Institutions<br />Educators <br />Institutions<br />Disburse information<br />
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  13. 13. Educators <br />Institutions<br />Listen<br />
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  15. 15. Educators <br />Institutions<br />Engage<br />
  16. 16. Student support<br />
  17. 17. Instruction<br />
  18. 18. Educators <br />Institutions<br />Fostering a decentralized network<br />
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  21. 21. Educators <br />Institutions<br />Having a plan<br />
  22. 22. “We are @nmsu a group of students and staff members..”<br />Follow @nmsu<br />Who @nmsu follows<br />Improve @nmsu<br />Team members<br />Current updates<br />Other NMSU personas<br /> <br />
  23. 23. Secondary EducationPossibilities<br />
  24. 24. What are we looking for?<br />
  25. 25. News and Updates<br />
  26. 26. Attendance? Vocabulary?... ru 4 real?<br />
  27. 27. Idealized Backchannel<br />S1: In Bio listening to a great lecture on cell division. She ROCKS!<br />S2: Reading &quot;Chapter 7&quot; for Mr Wilson. Not my favorite so far but I&apos;ll get through it<br />S3: Great quote from Mr B: &quot;History is written by the winners.&quot; He said it&apos;s not his original quote, tho’<br />S4: @S1 Mrs D is awesome! Looking forward to 5th period when I&apos;ll hear it, too<br />S4: @S2 Tell me about it. I&apos;ve got to read it tonight. But I&apos;m a fast reader.<br />S2: Anyone know a good website to help me to understand Chapter 7?<br />S1: @S3 Yeah, I heard that quote before, too. Hold on and I&apos;ll look it up for you.<br />From Twitter with Students? @jgates513<br />
  28. 28. Possible Backchannel?<br />S1: wht&apos;s 4 lunch? I&apos;m staving!S2: NFW I&apos;m readg that @#$ Chapter 7. Hes got 2 B Sh*ttin&apos; me!S3: &quot;History is writn by th winners?&quot; DUH!S4: I get out of her class 5th period, dude! S*cks 2 B U!S4: @S1 its only 9:30 dude! U cnt B hungry alrdy U pig!S2: Any1 know if any of ths @#$% in Ch 7 will B on the test?S1: @S3 No duh! Who ELSE wld write it. Hes so lame!<br />From Twitter with Students? @jgates513<br />
  29. 29. Collaborative Research<br /> from @teachpaperless<br />
  30. 30. Collaborative Assessment<br />Students have access to texts and translation tools<br />Allowed to use Twitter to ask questions and offer help<br />Instructor can listen and contribute if assistance is needed<br />Each student translates a different part of the passage<br />One score to entire class as long as equal contributions to the hashtag<br />Students shared resources and translations by linking to blogs<br />All discussion had to take place on Twitter.<br /> from @teachpaperless<br />
  31. 31. A few more ideas for Secondary Education<br />Collaborative writing<br />Collaborative research<br />Real time reflections<br />Communicate with subject matter experts<br />Crowdsourcing<br />Follow or research live events<br />Providing ‘lifeline’ assistance/support<br />Opt in text notifications<br />Easy web page updates<br /><br /><br />
  32. 32. Elementary EducationPossibilities<br />
  33. 33. Parent ‘IMHO’<br />&quot;I guess my point is (IMHO) if I found out that my 6th grader&apos;s school time was being used to learn about Twitter, MySpace, or any other social tool, that school would be getting a rather terse phone call from me. Teach my kid math, english, history, etc. I&apos;ll teach him about twitter etc....when I think he&apos;s ready and so that I can set boundaries…” From<br />
  34. 34. School Presence<br />
  35. 35. Classroom Presence Possibiliites<br />Opt in network for parents and family members <br />Send reminders about homework or announcements<br />Microblog of classroom events<br />
  36. 36. Collaborative Writing<br />
  37. 37. !<br />Safety & SecurityConsiderations<br />
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  39. 39. @PawLuxury<br />
  40. 40. Considerations about Twitter itself<br />API Vulnerabilities<br />Google Results<br />Location Awareness<br />
  41. 41. Responsible Use Considerations<br />What else will students do with this?<br />What policies are in place?<br />Cyberbulling committee, anonymous reporting<br />Responsible use agreement<br />Parental consent, student assent<br />How will account(s) be administered?<br />Blocking, following, privacy<br />
  42. 42. !<br />Outcomes Based ApproachConsiderations<br />
  43. 43. Define parameters & goals<br />What is the purpose of the account?<br />Determine outcomes, norms, parameters<br />What links, names, locations should be shared (if any)?<br />Consider limiting information in your profile’s bio<br />Who can follow (if private) and how will that be managed?<br />What will happen on vacation, breaks, nights or weekends?<br />Higher Ed example @nmsu<br />
  44. 44. Prepare to stay involved & immersed<br />Monitor/listen to your brand or community<br />Research your integration of search and search widgets (ongoing)<br />Change account name when necessary<br />Be mindful of password access or third party access (ie: Twitpic email address)<br />Listening Engines <br /> *<br /> *<br /> *<br /> *<br />
  45. 45. Know your tools!<br />Be familiar with the support documentation.<br />
  46. 46. Include & inform stakeholders<br />Acceptable/responsible use<br />Parental consent<br />Student assent<br />Administrational approval<br />Responsible and transparent classroom use will require your advocacy!<br />
  47. 47. !<br />Alternative ToolsConsiderations<br />
  48. 48. Private account with GroupTweet<br /><br />
  49. 49. Grouptweet Insiderview<br />d @pvia great class today! <br />= via @hollyrae: great class today!<br />Advantages<br /><ul><li>Ability to create a private conversation
  50. 50. Attribution is included
  51. 51. Support presence on Twitter </li></ul>Disadvantages?<br /><ul><li>Delays in posting
  52. 52. Use may require training</li></li></ul><li>Alternatives Rock<br />
  53. 53. Consider the size of the conversation<br />
  54. 54. Additional microblogging networks<br />Microclassroom<br /><br />Enterprise (domain based)<br /><br /><br /><br />White Label<br /><br />Open Source<br /><br />Created with<br />
  55. 55. Twitter for Education ! ? …<br />Twitter has safety and security liabilities<br />Safety and security is a moving target<br />Requires a strong & ongoing commitment<br />Alternative tools can support many of the benefits with fewer safety considerations<br />
  56. 56. Questions & Comments<br /><br /><br />Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz<br />Laura Grant<br />@laurapresently<br /><br />