Twitter in Education: what next?


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  • Thanks Maggie; just as soon as I posted this I found a whole lot more resources I could make another presentation with ... I guess that's the nature of Social Media and eLearning these days!!

    All the best, David
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  • Thanx for this update David- will add it to my twitter resource page!!!
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  • Thanks NightOwl - until an Institution's VLE, CMS or PLE (or whatever it has or calls it) has the capability of providing all the tools the students 'might' want, or we 'might' want to use, then we are always going to face this dilema - do we restrict ourselves and the tools we use in order to fit a system that is inadequate, or do we branch out and ask the students to enrol in systems that are external to the Institution's internal (and safe?) systems?
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  • I like the opportunities social networks such as Twitter offer to educators and have started incorporating LinkedIn in the activities for our Business and Management students.
    I am still searching for acceptable justification as to why we will be enforcing the registration to such public networks to the students. There might be the occasional student who would have taken an informed decision not to join these online communities and this person will either be disadvantaged by not being able to take part in the activities, or they will have to join the network against their will if they are to benefit from the sessions. There is a notional threat related to the security of the information submitted to open access social networks, which requires any of these activities to be preceded by skills development sessions focused on etiquette for online behaviour and information security. Institutional learning environments offer some peace of mind in this aspect, but the tools they offer are often years behind in terms of functionality and user friendliness.
    It seems that we as educators have a dilemma to resole: functionality and future-facing activities vs. the rights of the individual (esp the Data Protection Act).
    Your 'don't panic' reassurance made me panic :-)
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Twitter in Education: what next?

  1. 1. Twitter in Education [2] What next?
  2. 2. [Recap] What is Twitter? <ul><li>‘ Twitter in Education’ Presentation on Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Twitter in Education’ Presentation on Slideshare: </li></ul><ul><li>Information on What is Twitter, How you can use it, Terminology, Reasons to use Twitter, etc … </li></ul>
  3. 3. Your presence on Twitter <ul><li>Decide on how you want to use Twitter. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep different aspects of your life separate – have multiple accounts; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private / family / friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network / Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Class / students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manage accounts with Twitter application like TweetDeck: </li></ul>
  4. 4. Twitter in the Classroom [1] <ul><li>Noticeboard : updates to timetable, content, schedules, assignments, venues, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Summary : 140 character summary on reading assignment forces focus on quality. </li></ul><ul><li>Share Links : each student shares a website with class. </li></ul><ul><li>Languages : send tweets in different language for students to reply, in same language. </li></ul>Adapted from: Learning with ‘E’s
  5. 5. Video 1: The Twitter Experiment (UT Dallas)
  6. 6. Twitter in the Classroom [2] <ul><li>The story : student take it in turns to tweet next line in story. (use #hashtag to collate) </li></ul><ul><li>Pen Pal : learn from student in different country about home, hobbies, friends, school, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow a celeb : find a celebrity and follow and comment on progress. </li></ul>Adapted from: Learning with ‘E’s
  7. 7. Video 2: Twitter in the Classroom
  8. 8. Twitter in the Classroom [3] Adapted from: AcademHack <ul><li>Community : what starts in the classroom continues out of it. </li></ul><ul><li>Public Timeline : watch public timeline for sport, news, emotions, music, etc being shared. </li></ul><ul><li>Word search : track a word, not #hashtag. </li></ul><ul><li>Notepad : share thoughts and see feedback from followers. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Twitter as a ‘backchannel’ [1] <ul><li>Twitter during class using #hashtag creates the ‘backchannel’ . </li></ul><ul><li>Those present and absent can follow during and after class using #hashtag. </li></ul><ul><li>Inform class before you begin the #hashtag you want them to use. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Twitter as a ‘backchannel’ [2] <ul><li>Show Twitter during class using projector – encourages use and participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Backchannel will produce hecklers – learn to manage, don’t panic! </li></ul><ul><li>Backchannel will bring praise – learn to manage, don’t panic! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Video 3: Embracing the Backchannel
  12. 12. Twitter as a ‘backchannel’ [3] <ul><li>TweetChat </li></ul><ul><li>TwitterFall </li></ul>
  13. 13. Twitter as a ‘backchannel’ [4] <ul><li>VisibleTweets </li></ul><ul><li>TwitterWall </li></ul>
  14. 14. Twitter as a ‘backchannel’ [5] <ul><li>Integrate into PowerPoint: </li></ul><ul><li>Use SAP Web 2.0 PowerPoint Tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[1] Show Twitter stream during presentation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[2] Show Twitter stream at bottom of presentation. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Twitter as a ‘backchannel’ [6] <ul><li>5 ways to avoid a backchannel Disaster; </li></ul><ul><li>Match audience expectation to your material </li></ul><ul><li>Tell audience backchannel will be read during presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Take break and respond to backchannel chat/comments </li></ul><ul><li>Meet negative comments head-on, don’t hide </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on delivery, engage backchannel next </li></ul>Adapted from: Mashable
  16. 16. Thank you. <ul><li>David Hopkins </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>