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Teaching and Learning with Twitter


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This workshop was presented at Ulearn 2010, in Christchurch, New Zealand on October 7th.

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Teaching and Learning with Twitter

  1. Teaching and Learning with Steve Wheeler University of Plymouth, UK @timbuckteeth
  2. Microblogs and Social Networks <ul><li>Allows users to send brief text updates or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include: Plurk, Jaiku and Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook, Myspace, etc. have microblogging features known as ‘ status updates ’. </li></ul><ul><li>What are you doing ? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s happening? </li></ul>
  4. People are living their lives online...
  5. Is it really like this...?
  6. <ul><li>140 </li></ul><ul><li>RT and DM </li></ul><ul><li>#ulearn10 </li></ul><ul><li>@timbuckteeth </li></ul>
  7. Go Global
  8. Twitter in Plain English
  9. Activity : Set up your Twitter account <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>Create an account </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a user name </li></ul><ul><li>Choose an avatar (picture to represent you) </li></ul><ul><li>Start to ‘follow’ other Twitter users </li></ul>
  10. Some facts about <ul><li>Twitter takes time... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to build up a network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to develop your own Twitter style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to appreciate its full scope </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s all about the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Large number of associated tools (Mashups) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is growing fast... </li></ul>
  11. Some views on Twitter...
  12. Why Twitter? Unique worldwide users over 100 million (June 2010)
  13. What to Tweet about?
  14. What to Tweet about? <ul><li>Conversation is the new currency </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is an amplifier </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets can ‘go viral’ if enough RTs </li></ul><ul><li>DMs are private conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Learn a lot from other people’s tweets </li></ul>
  15. More Twitter views...
  16. Let’s take a brief tour of Twitter...
  17. navigation
  18. navigation user icon user info
  19. navigation user icon user info activities following
  20. navigation user icon user info activities following retweet hashtag hyperlink
  21. update box you choose a background public timeline
  22. mentions DMs trending
  23. Twitter relationships...
  24. More on relationships...
  25. Activity: Disadvantages? <ul><li>Spend a few moments discussing with someone in your group: What do you think the disadvantages and barriers would be to using Twitter in an educational context? </li></ul>
  26. The downside? <ul><li>Time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Slow to start </li></ul><ul><li>Noise to signal ratio </li></ul><ul><li>Distracting </li></ul><ul><li>Security issues? </li></ul><ul><li>Ban in some schools </li></ul><ul><li>Spam followers! </li></ul>
  28. Twitter culture – RTs and the rest...
  29. 5 Twitter stages <ul><li>Denial: I think Twitter sounds stupid. Why would anyone care what other people are doing right now? </li></ul><ul><li>Presence: OK, I don’t get why people love it, but I guess I could at least create an account </li></ul><ul><li>Dumping: I’m on Twitter and using it for links to my blog posts and pointing people to useful websites </li></ul><ul><li>Conversing: I don’t always post useful stuff, but I use Twitter to have useful 1-1 conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging: I’m using Twitter to publish useful information that people read, and I have authentic 1-1 conversations. </li></ul><ul><li>(Adapted from Minxuan Lee) </li></ul>
  30. Following and followers
  31. Either Carefully select the people you want to follow based on their interests/background or Go on follow recommendations from people you trust (See ) or Follow the same people your friends are following
  32. Activity : Explore some additional tools <ul><li>Tweetdeck (dashboard) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitpic, Tweetphoto </li></ul><ul><li>Twitterpoll </li></ul><ul><li>Twitterfall </li></ul><ul><li>Mr Tweet </li></ul><ul><li>Twitlonger, Woofer </li></ul><ul><li>TweepML </li></ul>
  33. Twitter is here to stay.....
  34. Some theory... <ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Amplification </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration and sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction and Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge generation </li></ul>
  35. How can Twitter be used...?
  36. Teaching with Twitter <ul><li>Discuss – how could you use Twitter ... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in your own teaching? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To extend your own PLN? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To create a community of practice? </li></ul></ul>
  37. Twitter teaching ideas
  38. Activity: Your turn <ul><li>What are your ideas for using Twitter in your own classroom? </li></ul>
  39. Twittering at Conferences <ul><li>Try twittering at this conference </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtag is: #ulearn10 </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul><ul><li>Report on what you think will be interesting to other people </li></ul><ul><li>Reply to others </li></ul><ul><li>Send useful URLs </li></ul>
  40. Tweet you later!