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What the little birdy tells me: Twitter in education

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Presentation given from the LSE NetworkED Seminar Series 2013 on the use of Twitter in Education.

"Since the launch of the micro-blogging service Twitter in 2006 a number of academics have experimented with it's use within education. Examples range from the passive/monologic course announcements to the active/dialogic directed discussion. This workshop will explore some educational 'Twitter hacks' which cover a wide range of activities from a free SMS broadcast system, Twitter for classroom voting and the application of social network analysis to for mining Twitter for actionable insights. As part of this participants will be shown a range of free and open source tools to assist in Twitter data collection and analysis including the Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet (TAGS) and NodeXL."

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What the little birdy tells me: Twitter in education

  1. 1. What the little birdy tells me Twitter in education Martin Hawksey @mhawksey go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 1
  2. 2. About the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) • ALT is the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field • Over 1,400 members from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds • We aim to improving practice, promoting research, and influencing policy. • LSE is a Organisational Member and staff can join as Associate Members for free alt.ac.uk go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 2
  3. 3. Things you need to know • Hashtag for the session ‘#LSENetEd’ • Links and slides http://go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 3
  4. 4. The Connected Age ©EDUCAUSE http://vimeo.com/76178422 http://vimeo.com/76178422
  5. 5. In the beginning… go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 5
  6. 6. In the beginning… go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 6
  7. 7. In the beginning… go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 7
  8. 8. In the beginning… go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 8
  9. 9. In the beginning… go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 9
  10. 10. Dialogic In-class Backchannel Outside of Class Discussions In-class Directed Discussion Uses: extend class discussions, exchange comments about readings or questions about assignments Uses: Open or guided questions with student responses collected for later analysis Twitter Adoption Matrix Uses: ad hoc class discussion, real-time commenting, recording divergent viewpoints Benefits: engages less vocal students, archives otherwise ephemeral comments Benefits: community building, continuity between class sessions Benefits: engages all students in discussions in large lecture classes Tracking Activities Lightly Structured Activities Metacognitive/ Reflective Activities Uses: find and follow instructor experts in the field, or key topics Uses: solicit course feedback, offer ambient office hours, poll class, language or writing practice Uses: students report on self learning, articulate their difficulties, recap the most valuable lesson of the day Benefits: exposure to the lager cultural conversation about the class material Benefits: flexibility, availability, scalability Benefits: fosters critical thinking Institutional communication Instructor Communication Pedagogical Communication Uses: community outreach, Uses: announcements, syllabus changes, reminders Uses: sharing timely links and resources Monologic alerts, announcements Passive Student Activity Mark Sample’s (@samplereality) Twitter Adoption Matrix Active
  11. 11. Instructor Communication (Free SMS Broadcast) Hawksey, 2008 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 11
  12. 12. Instructor Communication (Free SMS Broadcast) Hawksey, 2008 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 12
  13. 13. Instructor Communication (Free SMS Broadcast) The catch … supported UK carriers • Orange • Vodafone • O2 • 3 • Sure (CWC) • Lycamobile Hawksey, 2008 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 13
  14. 14. Instructor Communication Network summary go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 14
  15. 15. Instructor Communication Network summary go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 15
  16. 16. Instructor Communication Outbox • Using http://dlvr.it to turn RSS feeds into tweets • Alternatively http://twitterfeed.com there are others go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 16
  17. 17. Lightly Structured Activities Electronic Voting Hawksey, 2009 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 17
  18. 18. Lightly Structured Activities Electronic Voting Hawksey, 2009 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 18
  19. 19. Lightly Structured Activities Electronic Voting Hawksey, 2009 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 19
  20. 20. Lightly Structured Activities Electronic Voting Hawksey, 2009 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 20
  21. 21. Lightly Structured Activities Electronic Voting Hawksey, 2009 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 21
  22. 22. http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/uiSJlvek7RjJSNK go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 22
  23. 23. In class backchannel Lecture capture enhancement Hawksey, 2010 http://hawksey.info/ititle/ex/estict.html go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 23
  24. 24. In class backchannel Lecture capture enhancement go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 24
  25. 25. In class backchannel Lecture capture enhancement go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 25
  26. 26. Open Directed Discussion Flipping the bird ©Alan Levine 2013-11-06 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/10728065255/ • Pre-recorded interviews • “as you listen please tweet your notes and comments using the #phonar hashtag and don’t forget to storify the global set of notes/tweets afterwards.” • More about #phonar http://youtu.be/lNmTKxeiC2Y go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 26
  27. 27. Social Learning Analytics LEVEL2 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 27
  28. 28. ©Tony Hirst 2010-10-12 [Original] go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED http://www.flickr.com/photos/psychemedia/5076732134 #LSENetEd [Modified] 2011-02-14 ©Martin Hawksey November 12, 2013 | slide http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhawksey/5446711248/ 28
  29. 29. Social Learning Analytics Potential uses • Identifying disconnected students • Identifying key information brokers within a class • Indicating the extent to which a learning community is developing within a class • Identify groupings that could support learning Ferguson & Buckingham-Shum, 2012 • See how conversations connect providing opportunities for situational awareness go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 29
  30. 30. Social Learning Analytics NodeXL go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 30
  31. 31. Social Learning Analytics NodeXL Reply Network go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 31
  32. 32. Social Learning Analytics – TAGS go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 32 http://mashe.hawksey.info/2013/02/twitter-archive-tagsv5/
  33. 33. Social Learning Analytics – TAGS go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 33 http://mashe.hawksey.info/2013/02/twitter-archive-tagsv5/
  34. 34. Social Learning Analytics – TAGS go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 34 http://mashe.hawksey.info/2013/02/twitter-archive-tagsv5/
  35. 35. Social Learning Analytics #phonar • • http://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/?key=tmT8RPk1-WB1IBUe4GM6-Iw&sheet=oaw https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqGkLMU9sHmLdG1UOFJQazEtV0IxS UJVZTRHTTYtSXc&usp=drive_web#gid=119 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 35
  36. 36. Live Examples • Setting up TAGS for #LSENetEd • Example TAGS picking up poll data • Example TAGS picking tweets to page go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 36
  37. 37. Live Examples • Setting up TAGS for #LSENetEd • Example TAGS picking up poll data • Example TAGS picking tweets to page Caution “We find that the search API over-represents the more central users and does not offer an accurate picture of peripheral activity; we also find that the bias is greater for the network of mentions” Gonzalez-Bailon, Sandra and Wang, Ning and Rivero, Alejandro and Borge-Holthoefer, Javier and Moreno, Yamir, Assessing the Bias in Communication Networks Sampled from Twitter (December 4, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2185134 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2185134 go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 37
  38. 38. Why • Mobility – crossing the dived between in and out of class • Flexibility – not hard to add functionality and interface with Twitter service • Learner communities – opportunity to share learning within cohort and further afield • Light intervention – brevity of 140 characters allows less but more often • Lifelong – connections made in the class can support further independent learning go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 38
  39. 39. Why not • Distraction • Reliance on 3rd party services • Privacy • Educational value • Equality • [Facebook] go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 39
  40. 40. Thanks! Martin Hawksey mashe.hawkse.info @mhawksey go.alt.ac.uk/twitterED #LSENetEd November 12, 2013 | slide 40

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