Using Twitter for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development


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Have you wondered what Twitter is and what if any practical applications there are for teaching and learning? Perhaps you are among the 30% of faculty who now use Twitter in some capacity and you would like to learn some tips and tricks for better utilizing Twitter in education context. During this online session offered 11/30/2012 we introduced the basics of Twitter and explored best practices for using Twitter in teaching, learning and professional development.

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  • Jason Rhode, Ph.D.Faculty Development and Instructional Design CenterNorthern Illinois
  • Using Twitter for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development

    1. 1. Using Twitter for Teaching,Learning, and Professional Development Social Media Series
    2. 2. PresenterJason Rhode, Ph.D.Assistant Director, FacultyDevelopment and InstructionalDesign CenterNorthern Illinois
    3. 3. Today’s Workshop• Introduce the basics of Twitter• Explore best practices for using Twitter in teaching, learning, and professional development
    4. 4. Have you used Twitter before?• If no, please select the No option X• If yes, please select the Yes option 
    5. 5. Have you setup a Twitter account?• If no, please select the No option X• If yes, please select the Yes option 
    6. 6. Do you use a smart phone or tablet?• If no, please select the No option X• If yes, please select the Yes option 
    7. 7. Rate your proficiency with TwitterA. Newbie: I’m brand new to Twitter, never used beforeB. Novice: I’ve setup an account and followed a few people, but that’s about itC. Power User: I check Twitter at least weekly, post periodically, and feel comfortable with many featuresD. Pro: I tweet regularly, use hashtags, share links, and engage in conversations with other users
    8. 8. Join the conversation on Twitter! #twitter4tlpd
    9. 9. Pedagogical Frameworkengaging presentingstudents in material andcollaborations, concepts in aconnecting meaningful andconcepts with memorablereal-world Socially ways, guiding theapplications learning process Engaged Onlinefostering social Instruction pulling together,presence, reviewing, andproviding timely selectinginformation, content,guiding the resources, andlearning process conversations
    10. 10. Social Media Tools & Technologies Blogs Wikis Social Social Podcasts Bookmarks Networks Video Photo Sharing Sharing
    11. 11. Social Networks• connections among users with shared interests, relationships, or contexts• “following” or “friending” to add a connection in your network• either public or private Recommended Free Social• used for different Networking Tools: purposes (personal, • professional, academic) • •• many networks intertwine • Google+Diagram courtesy
    12. 12. Twitter Basics
    13. 13. Twitter Described“Part blog, part social networking site, and part cell phone/IM tool. It is designed to let users describe what they are doing or thinking at a given moment, in 140 characters or less” – Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Twitter
    14. 14. Twitter Search
    15. 15. Trending Topics "most breaking" news stories from across the world; hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter
    16. 16. Platform Independent• Twitter messages, referred to as “tweets” can be sent and received from multiple platforms: – Web-based Twitter account – Software client on any desktop or laptop – Twitter app on smart phone – Twitter app on tablet – SMS from any phone• The same Twitter account can be accessed from any of the above platforms!
    17. 17. The Web:
    18. 18. Twitter App: Smart Phone
    19. 19. Twitter App: iPad
    20. 20. SMS• Account can be configured to allow for messages to be sent via SMS to 40404
    21. 21. _hudson_p.php
    22. 22. Election Coverage on Twitter
    23. 23. Iranian Election Protests & Twitter
    24. 24. Hurricane Sandy
    25. 25. Following Others Following someone on Twitter means: a) you are subscribing to their Tweets as a Follower b) their updates will appear in your timeline c) that person has permission to send you private Tweets, called direct messages
    26. 26. FollowersPeople who receive your tweets
    27. 27. Anatomy of a Tweet
    28. 28. Hashtag (#) The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords ortopics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
    29. 29. @MentionAny Twitter update that contains @username anywhere in the body of the Tweet. (Yes, this means that replies are also considered mentions.)
    30. 30. @ReplyPublic reply to another Twitter user, always beginning with @username
    31. 31. Retweet (RT)Tweet that is reposted to your followers, either by clicking the“Retweet” link on the Twitter website or by beginning a tweet with RT @username
    32. 32. Direct Message (D)private message sent via Twitter to one of your followers
    33. 33. FavoritesFavorites, represented by a small star icon next to a Tweet, aremost commonly used when users like a Tweet and wish to save it for later.
    34. 34. ListsCollections of other users
    35. 35. Why Tweet?• Expand your personal learning network• See what’s happening right now in the world and your discipline• Share with others your discoveries, new knowledge gained, or resources located• Participate in larger conversation without personally “friending” other users• Communicate with colleagues and students from a mobile platform
    36. 36. Email vs. Twitter Email Twitter• Send messages • Send private, public privately to selected replies, or completely recipients public messages• Unread messages • Unread messages keep collect in inbox flowing by in stream• Messages are private & • Public messages can be only recipient can view viewed by anyone & easily collected via hashtags
    37. 37. Uses for Twitter in Academia• Participating in backchannel conversations at conferences using hashtag• Following colleagues in your discipline• Engaging students in authentic conversations and learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom• Utilizing mobile devices in field or classroom for real-time conversations and information sharing
    38. 38. Why Use Twitter in Teaching?• Extend learning experiences beyond the “walls” of the classroom• Bring in current events to the curriculum• Engage students within lecture-based instruction• Connect students from across multiple sections or institutions• Reach out to experts in the field• Pull the world into your classroom• Introduce students to informal professional development
    39. 39. How to Get Started on Twitter1. Setup a free account at twitter.com2. If you have a mobile device, download & install free Twitter app3. Follow a few users, suggestions: @NIUlive @FacDev @jrhode4. Find other NIU colleagues and departments to follow (see NIU Social Media Smashup at smashup.niu.edu5. Post to Twitter!
    40. 40. The Twitter Experiment at UT Dallas
    41. 41. Academic Excellence in 140
    42. 42. Learning in Authentic Contexts
    43. 43. More Twitter Studies
    44. 44. NIU’s Social Media Use Guidelines
    45. 45. Questions?• What other questions do you have?
    46. 46. More Resources
    47. 47. Archives Available Online
    48. 48. Archives Available in iTunes Search “NIU Faculty Development”
    49. 49. Follow Faculty
    50. 50. Continue the conversation on Twitter! #twitter4tlpd
    51. 51. Contact the PresenterJason Rhode, Ph.D.Faculty Development andInstructional Design CenterNorthern Illinois