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Twitter in Education

Twitter in Education; how and why we should use Twitter in Higher Education.

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Twitter in Education

  1. 1. Twitter in Education How & Why
  2. 2. What is Twitter? <ul><li>… is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers. </li></ul><ul><li>… is ‘digital communication’. </li></ul><ul><li>… is network formed around a shared interest. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How Can I Use Twitter <ul><li>You have 140 characters (including spaces) to say what you have to say. </li></ul><ul><li>You can ‘follow’ people and what they say, they can follow you and what you say. </li></ul><ul><li>You can connect with anyone, for any reason, at any time. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Terminology <ul><li>Tweet : an individual post. </li></ul><ul><li>RT (Retweet) : re-telling someone else’s tweet. </li></ul><ul><li>@username : open message to specific person. </li></ul><ul><li>Message : Direct message a follower (private) </li></ul><ul><li>#Hashtag : Use Hashtag to group & track discussions (conference, seminar, classroom activity, etc) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Video: Twitter in Plain English
  6. 6. Important!! <ul><li>To fully appreciate Twitter, you should have a reason to use it before you start. </li></ul><ul><li>What is your reason? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reasons to use Twitter <ul><li>Professional : Networking, Research, Teaching, Learning, Collaboration, News, Information, Sharing, Updates, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal : Hobby, Charity, Family, Friends, Travel, etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Twitter in Education <ul><li>Teaching : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seminar discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… as well as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Room change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading list </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. “ What are you Doing?” <ul><li>“ What are you doing?” </li></ul><ul><li>Inform followers of your current work, research, travel, interest, reading, website, browsing, cooking, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Find other like-minded individuals from what they ‘tweet’ about. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it short! </li></ul>
  10. 10. What do I say? <ul><li>Make it relevant . </li></ul><ul><li>Make it count . </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions ; you will get answers from your network. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how your network might retweet; your network will grow as a result of a good tweet. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide value through your tweet. </li></ul><ul><li>Be yourself . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Example Tweet: @MarkRussell Reply to MarkRussell HashTags: #eLearning and #University Tweet content Number of characters remaining in current tweet (counts down from 140).
  12. 12. Twitter in the classroom <ul><li>Classes : open discussion in timetabled seminar / class, continue it outside. </li></ul><ul><li>Community : Create community-feel through linked tweets. </li></ul><ul><li>Instant feedback : approval/disapproval of recent discussions, issues, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Public notepad : share inspiration, reading, thought, ideas, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology : Laptops, Netbooks, iPhones / iTouch & other SmartPhones, any Internet-enabled device. </li></ul><ul><li>Messages : Use Twitter as a personal message board </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Networked Teacher Source: Alec Couros
  14. 14. It’s not about Celebrities, it’s about you! Stephen Fry 480,000 followers by May 2009. Barack Obama 1.5million followers by May 2009.
  15. 15. Who do I follow? <ul><li>Find one or two people who have similar interest to you (use Twitter Search) . </li></ul><ul><li>Follow them. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at who they follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the ones who look interesting to you. By following people outside your ‘normal’ network, they might follow you back ... hey presto, a growing network! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Useful Resources TweetDeck Desktop application to run and manage followers, tweets, searches, favourites, etc. Bit.Ly Shorten website links into only 19 characters; leaves you more characters for each tweet! Twitter Search Search Twitter for names, phrases, people, trends, news, etc.
  17. 17. Mobile Devices TwitterFon TwitterFon is a simple, clean, easy to use, and super fast Twitter client for your iPhone and iPod Touch . TinyTwitter Will work on all BlackBerry phones and any Java enabled mobile device. Twibble Mobile Twitter application for Nokia Smartphones.
  18. 18. Thank you, ‘tweet’ you later! <ul><li>David Hopkins </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>