Twitter for Learning at #IMEC8


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Presentation slides for the Twitter session during the 'Facebook & Twitter for Learning' workshop on the 13th March at the 8th International Medical Education Conference (IMEC-2013). Venue: International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia

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  • @ikostello Thanks for the feedback! Instagram might not be recommended, but still useful to mention based on the fact that there are more than 90 million users and can easily post directly pictures on Twitter. Also, the pictures look great using it :)

    uStream is a good alternative, but not usually associated with Twitter...but I will certainly mention it, if broadcasting comes up :)

    TweetDeck used to be in my previous versions, but somehow as I thought its functionality would be integrated to Twitter (as it owns it now, if I am not mistaken). Perhaps, I will add it back with Hootsuite, if I ever conduct this workshop again :)

    Of course Twitter is rocks using Mobiles (That goes without saying)...Who tweets on a PC...LOL! I suppose some still do :)

    Thanks again for the constructive and useful feedback :)
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  • Instagram is not recommended due to inability to see images embedded on Twitter site, and broascsting can be also done via uStream. iGoogle will be closed soon since it has been removed from mobiles.
    Commenting on the overall proficiency of Twitter, only recently has more twits become found while searching for a hashtag (usually the more tine passes, the less likely tweets are found). And what about such apps as TweetDeck that allow work with both Facebook and Twitter, I would also notice that Tweeter is great for mobiles due to text messages and handy clients.
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Twitter for Learning at #IMEC8

  1. 2013Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  2. Surgeons Tweet During Brain Surgery‬ …
  3. Twitter Mission!
  4. CONTENTS1. Twitter?2. Why Use?3. Twitter Basics4. Twitter #Hashtags5. For Learning?6. Twitter Apps7. Tweeting Forward!
  5. 1 Twitter? Source:
  6. Twitter in Plain English?
  7. What is Twitter? Easy way to discover the LATEST NEWS related to subjects you care about.A free Web 2.0 social networking service that allows users to send and receive short messages (140 characters or less) known as TWEETS.
  8. Twitter is…User-created communication – Text Unlimited – Links to web pages, images, videos Free – Trending topicsMulti-directional SMS! AWESOME! – Simultaneous 1 to 1, 1 to many, many to 1Time-independent – Features such as @replies and #hashtags enable asynchronous communication
  9. Important! “To fully appreciate Twitter, you should have a reason for using it!” So, What is your reason for using it?Adapted from here:
  10. 2 Why Use? The SMS of the Internet! Source:
  11. Did You Know? 500+ Million Users 340+ Million tweets are posted per day!1.6 billion search queries per day! Source (as of 20/09/2012):
  12. Top Learning Tools 2012? I am the KING now! Change, the KING has…SlideShare:
  13. Twitter is Connecting…Educators & Researchers around the world!Easy way to discover the LATEST RESEARCHyou care about.
  14. Doctors using Twitter? @holisticmd @drval @KevinMD @FredHowardMD @joannadolgoffmd @drmikesevilla @GarthFisherMD @hjluks @Leslie_SeppinniDr. Kevin Pho @StepAheadnj @harrygreenspun @CesarLaraMD @tomheston @DrEvaSelhub @DrStevesBanjo@DrKimMD@DrJAshton
  15. Twitter #Hashtags Amplify Sharing… during Research/events/Activities! Examples #MedEd – Medical Education #edchat - Education ##edutech - Educational Technology #web20chat - Web 2.0 #DistEd – Distance education and e-learning #innochat – Innovation in education #Lrnchat – Learning issues for educators #ellchat – English Language Learners
  16. 3 Twitter Basics Source:
  17. Language of Twitter Tweet: An individual post. RT (Retweet): re-telling someone else’s tweet. @username (Reply): open message to specific person. Message: Direct message to a follower (private). #Hashtag: Use Hashtag to group & track discussions (conference, seminar, classroom activity, etc.).
  18. Tweet Example: @zaidlearn Lets use #licircle to create a learning stream for LIT!UploadImage Add Click to Location Tweet @ZaidLearn Number of characters Hashtag: remaining in current Tweet/Reply to Tweet content #licircle tweet (counts down ZaidLearn from 140).
  19. 4 Twitter #Hashtags
  20. What is a Twitter #Hashtag? "The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to markkeywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages"Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category. Hashtags canoccur anywhere in the Tweet. If you tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search forthat hashtag may find your Tweet. Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.
  21. Creating a #Hashtag REMEMBERMake it Unique, Short & Simple! #edchat – Education #finnedchat – Finnish Education #MedEd – Medical Education #edutech - Educational Technology #DistEd – Distance education and e-learning #Lrnchat – Learning issues for educators #ellchat – English Language Learners #esl – English for Second Language
  22. A True StoryMoodle is an Airport, Not a Total Solution! Nov 12, 2009
  23. #moodlewish May 07, 2010
  24. #moodlewish Amplified…
  25. Twitter #Hashtag – How?
  26. 5 For Learning? Source:
  27. Twitter Can Be Awesome For… F2F Sessions  Classroom activity  Large lectures  Seminar discussions  Conferences  Etc. Information Sharing  Events  Course updates  Latest research (articles)  Deadlines  Reading lists  Latest items (library)Twitter in the Classroom: Twitter during Conference:
  28. The Twitter Classroom Experiment
  29. Twitter in the classroom?
  30. Does Twitter Hurt Grades? Results? • Twitter allows for a constant ongoing discussion that goes beyond the one hour class session. • Students took full advantage of using Twitter as a forum for their questions, generating a wide range of questions that what would typically would occur in class.Source:
  31. Twitter Adoption Matrix
  32. Source:
  34. More Tips on Using Twitter?
  35. 6 Twitter Apps Source:
  36. Another Tweet on The Wall!A visualisation of Twitter messages designed for display in public spaces.
  37. Visible Tweets!A visualisation of Twitter messages designed for display in public spaces.
  38. Real-time Updates on Tweets & Hashtags? Tools to Explore: Twitterfall Monitter Visible Tweets TweetGrid TweetChat Great for Q&A sessions (backchannel) during lectures! TweetGrid: Monitter: TweetChat: Twitterfall:
  39. Stats on User Participation?
  40. Document Hashtag Conversations?Brings together all the tweets from a particular event or search term. It allows you to keep a record of an event through twitter.
  41. Get Feedback Using Polls?
  42. Share Pictures?
  43. Share Videos?
  44. Stream/Broadcast Live on Twitter?
  45. Send Direct Messages to a Group?
  46. Filtering out the Juiciest Tweets? Newspaper Magazine
  47. Own Personalized Magazine?
  48. Twitterfeed
  49. Instant Screencasts for Twitter?
  50. Embed Tweets on a Blog/Website?
  52. Backup My Tweets?
  53. Measuring Influence?Is a standard for measuring onlineinfluence. Use it to discover yourinfluence and compare with othersyou may know.
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  55. Need Help?
  56. More Twitter Tools? RIGHT HERE:
  57. 7 Tweeting Forward Source:
  58. Challenges1. Tools overload2. Role of Twitter in LEARNING3. Firewall blocking4. Usability & ease-of-use5. Content ownership6. Not all use Twitter7. Learner confidence & support8. Out of the comfort zone9. Control Vs. Empowerment10. Testing & assessment
  59. Individual Strategy?
  60. University Strategy? Used For:  Latest Updates  Latest Events  News  Announcements  Publications Programmes Dept/Centers  Class UpdatesTwitter feed for every Twitter feed for:  Quick Discussions programme  Library  Collaborations  Teaching & Learning  Share Links (URLs)  E-Learning  Course updates Twitter Feeds  Student Services  Q&A  Healthcare Services  Learning Courses  Academic Affairs  Etc. Student Batches  Alumni… Communities Clubs…
  61. Tweeting Forward?USE Twitter to: FOLLOW relevant experts, lists and #hashtags (learning streams) to keep yourself updated with the latest discoveries in your learning domains. SHARE your own interesting discoveries (resources, ideas and events) with your students and wider learning community. ENGAGE with your students in and beyond the classroom to explore, discover, question, discuss and collaborate. BUILD your own learning communities through lists, #hashtags, and Twitter Apps. REMEMBER Twitter is just a tool (enabler)…Explore it to find your own magic portion for learning and teaching.
  62. Finally, You Might Want To… Have a ZaidLearn!
  63. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning ManagerE-mail : zaid.alsagoff@gmail.comBlog : : : +603-2731 7327Ext. : 3115