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I’ve just been reading yet another article that expresses the view that Twitter is a trivial, inconsequential tool and has no place in learning, so I thought I’d write this posting on my experiences of using Twitter in a face-to-face Workshop. On Friday 30 April, as a Day 3 stream at the Informatology Conference in London I ran a one-day Masterclass on Social Media in Learning. The purpose of the event was to look at how social media can be used to support learning and performance within an organisational context.
[ This is a guest post by Derek Bruff, assistant director at the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and senior lecturer in mathematics at Vanderbilt. You can follow Derek on Twitter ( @derekbruff ) and on his blog , where he writes about educational technology, student motivation, and visual thinking, among other topics. -- @jbj ] You may have noticed that big conferences tend to attract a lot of conversation on Twitter these days. Team ProfHacker and friends shared their perspectives on the use of Twitter (and other, related topics) at the MLA conference last month in a massive group post , for instance. There were over 800 people who “tweeted” using the hashtag for that conferences, #MLA11, contributing among them more than 7,600 tweets.
How to use Twitter for Social Learning These materials are free to access for members of the Social Learning Centre. Register for an account. Getting Started Getting started with Twitter Accessing and using Twitter The Basics Building a community on Twitter Communicating with others on Twitter Sharing links and resources on Twitter Keeping up to date on Twitter Problem solving on Twitter Serendipitous learning on Twitter Presentations and Events Using the Twitter backchannel at an event Incorporating the Twitter backchannel in a presentation Live presentation streaming on Twitter