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Twitter: a Simple

and Powerful
Social Tool to
build up your
Personal
Community.

agenda

microblogging
Twitter: its major exponent
Twitter features and benefits
ideas for classroom use
exploiting Twitter
responsible use considerations
Twitter as a personal tool
Twitter for PD
tools and apps complementing Twitter
examples and brief tutorials
some tips & tricks

microblogging: collaborative technology

microblogging pluses
imposes necessity to abbreviate fitting in ideas
develops skills for word selection
fulfils a need of being fast and getting instant feedback
getting more connections
encourages autonomous learning
uses tags to build up a network
shapes your own community
helps share real time data

Twitter

a free social networking and micro-blogging service


that allows users to send updates Wikipedia
the most popular of the genre of 'microblogging' tools
that emulate SMS messaging but fall short of
blogging V. Stevens
one of the largest platforms in the world for sharing
real-time dataDouglas A. McIntyre, in TIME

Twitter serves two main purposes:


Information in - getting information from

many sources coming to you in one place


Information out - broadcasting your own
information to many sources

used to
ask for and provide
help
share ideas
get advice
make
recommendations
announce events

Features

http://twitter.com/home

combines features of SMS text messages and


blogs
up to 140 characters long text-based posts
updates instantly delivered
delivery restrictions conduct/abuse/privacy
updates via instant messaging, SMS, RSS, email

Why the interest?


relevance
quickness
distinct style
conversational

everyday
use?
dissemination of publications and
materials
product recommendations
serendipitous improvement
serendipitous discovery
locating original sources of ideas,
quotes, etc.

tweet to.
follow conversations
follow others
participate in a community
correct tweets
integrate note-passing into a
lesson

collaborate in

basically.. all about


conversation

keep students in contact

emphasize fluency in communication

focus on conciseness and accuracy

can lead to more interactive and swift


discussions

well suited to task-based language learning

benefits as a classroom tool.?


offers opportunities to practise specific language skills
students learn how to focus on what they say better
class chatter: conversations continue inside and outside of class
development of classroom community
get a sense of the world

benefits as a classroom tool.?


increase parental awareness
track a word
track a conference
instant feedback
follow a professional/ famous person
storytelling

How can we
use Twitter
with our
students?

how can your students


tweet?

open a class twitter account

have a a class hashtag

tweet

pictures

pictures of your class and class activities


blur out the faces of students whose parents do
not want theirchilds pictures on social media

questions

when your students ask questions, post those to


the class Twitter account
use the class hashtag.

ideas for classroom use?

send a link
express an opinion
follow innovative thought leaders
participate in conversations between people you respect
retweet a helpful link
respond to someone elses tweet
have students use a tweet in a research project,then cite it
using MLA rules
get ideas for technology integration
promote your favorite learning platform by explaining how
educators might use it
research an idea
lurk endlessly
gather/gauge the general consensus on an issue
watch what is trending when, and why.

and more

send a picture of your classroom


ask for pictures of other classrooms
communicate with parents
follow a twitter chat via #hashtag
thank someone for their time, content, or collaboration
organize a local-ish meet-up of local tweeps
see what your peers are curious about
ask an expert a question with @ messaging
brainstorm with global educators to solve a local/global
problem
listen to students
start a new #hashtag
revive old tweets worth revisiting

Introduce Twitter to your class:

tweet a greeting from your students

request an answer from followers, with


location

see answers coming in

place them on map

assign a tweet chat: use specific vocab

homework help sessions: with mentors

backchannel during class for queries (use


projector)

Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books


Retold Through Twitter
Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin
two students' efforts to reduce the great works of literature
to digestible 'tweets'

50-odd works of serious literature into two-page


chunks of twitterese

jokey attempts to parody literary styles

grown-up readers might find the odd thing to smile at

it's like listening to teenagers jabbering on the bus

fun for other 19-year-olds

How to create a twitter


poll:

poll

nfographic: College Students Is


Twitter Hurting Your Grades?

nfographic: College Students Is


Twitter Hurting Your Grades?

Infographic: College Students


Is Twitter Hurting Your Grades?
http://master-degree-online.com/infographic-college-students-is-twitter-hurting-your-grades/

Great Point Average: .51

responsible use considerations

how will students access/use Twitter?


who provides support?
what activities will they carry out?
what policies are in place?
* cyberbullying committee, anonymous reporting
* responsible use agreement
* parental consent, students assent
how will accounts be administered?
* blocking, following, privacy

as a personal learning
tool:

powerful
a great information filter
lets me interact with experts Ill never meet f2f
an instant give-and-take
forces me to be a reflective learner

Personal learning
suggestions

follow influential people


crowdsourcing: sharing answers to problems
instant messaging
conference backchannel tool
track breaking news
serendipitous and/or instant collaboration
locate sources
lend or receive support

using
Twitter
lists
a list: a curated group of Twitter accounts

create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by


others

a list timeline will show a stream of Tweets from only


the accounts on that list

for iOS, Androids, web

Curated Lists

look for pre-made lists of recommended


people: Google search for educators to
follow on twitter or:

use advanced search:


refine your search
results

Use any combination of fields:


words
Tweets containing exact phrases or a specific hashtag or in
a specific language
people
Tweets from a specific account or mentioning/replying to a
specific account
places
Tweets sent from ageographic location, e.g. a specific city,
state, country
dates
Tweets sent before a specific date, after a specific date or
within a date range

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use the URL shortening tools likeTinyURL

commenting on others tweets, and retweeting what


others have posted is a great way to build
community

a tool for learning: provided you follow the right


folks!

Tools
complementin
g Twitter

http://www.twibes.com/
a group of Twitter users interested in a
common topic

finds Twitter people interested in similar topics

enables people to meet and participate in conversations

gathers likeminded members around key words

organizes tweets

encourages community formation

anybody can find and join any group

http://www.scribd.com/about

steps to make the most of Twitter


using

hashtags

follow the right people

find hashtags that apply to your areas of interest


find Tweets with those hashtags
follow the people who posted those tweets.

educational hashtags:
http://www.cybraryman.com/edhashtags.html

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https://tweetdeck.twitter.com

find tweets that include interesting


hashtags

create groups with all of your contacts

filter messages the way you want

some educational #
Blended Learning
#BlendedLearning
Flipped Learning
#FlipClass,#FlippedClassroom,#FlippedLearning,
and#Flipped
Game-Based Learning
#GameBasedLearning,#GBL, and#MinecraftEdu

start private group conversations

send group messages

pocket

share

Create hashtagged chats

Ex: #ELTChat

What is #ELTChat?

a freely available social network for ELT


professionals offering mutual support and
opportunities for Continuous Professional
Development

every Wednesday at 12pm or 21.00pm GMT,


ELT teachers from all over the world log into
their Twitter account

for one hour hold an online discussion on a


topic they have selected.

how to take part

to join in: follow the hashtag #ELTChat. You'll


see the conversation and anything you tag
with #ELTChat will be part of it

follow #ELTChat in Hootsuite or Tweetdeck

Tagdef

http://tagdef.com/

http://paper.li/

read Twitter as a daily newspaper

organize links shared on Twitter into an easy-toread newspaper-style format.

newspapers can be created for any Twitter user,


list or #tag.

http://paper.li/
tag/webheads

https://www.livetweetapp.com/en/

helps users display valuable tweets


as a beautiful Twitter wall

create your account

setup your search

customize your wall

moderate your first tweets

launch your wall

https://app.livetweetapp.com/

https://tweepsmap.com/
map your followers by country, state and city
who followed or unfollowed
what accounts are inactive/what accounts are
not following back
then take actions easily.

Tips

answer What has your attention?

promote a blog post

ask for opinions

follow interesting people

direct students attention to good things

caution: be wary of always promoting your stuff

talk about non-education stuff too.

links at :

https://goo.gl/2FZCS7

Rita Zeinstejer
rita@zeinstejer.com

Acknowledgements

Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz and Cynthia S. Medina: Edmodo, Twitter and


Yammer: Microblogging in Education (webinar January 25, 2010)
http://www.teachthought.com/technology/twitter-tips-for-teachers/
http://alicekeeler.com/2015/08/12/class-twitter-account-how-your-stud
ents-can-tweet/
10 Twitter Hacks To Help You Rethink Your Social Voice
http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/twitter-tips-for-tea
chers/
Taming Twitter for Time-strapped Teachers and Techies
http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/05/taming-twitter.html
ELTchat.org
http://eltchat.org/wordpress/uncategorized/how-to-use-twitter-apps/
http://elearninginfographics.com/26-effective-ways-use-twitterteachers-educators-infographic/