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12 Expert Twitter Tips for the Classroom: Social Networking Classroom Activities That Employ Critical Thinking. Using twitter in the classroom is becoming mainstream in many schools around the country and world.

12 Expert Twitter Tips for the Classroom: Social Networking Classroom Activities That Employ Critical Thinking

The challenge with any use of online education technology tool is the appropriate engagement of students in a meaningful manner. To this end, the successful use of twitter is about making connections with other teachers and students around the world to support significant learning events. The use of twitter for improving student learning also requires movement beyond just collaborating with other teachers, pedagogical self-reflection, and professional development activities. It is essential to involve students in social network activities focused on research, data gathering, communicating with experts, examining other points of view, and dialogue within all curriculum areas using online resources.

Online Education Technology Uses of Tweets The tips provided below are based on expert teacher experiences using the social network twitter. Making Connections between Learning and Concepts. Twitter – A Teaching and Learning Tool. I think I have found the perfect place to reflect on the way a network, and specifically how Twitter, can impact on what goes on in the classroom.

Twitter – A Teaching and Learning Tool

No mains gas, no telephones, no mobile signal, no internet connection, no possible way to interact with my personal learning network (PLN). Tucked away in the Cornish countryside the location of the cottage we are staying in provokes vocabulary such as: isolated, severed, detached and remote. But similar rhetoric could also be applied to the lack of connection I have with my network. I am removed from the network I want to reflect upon and away from the classroom that it can impact. This perspective is welcome as it offers me clarity of thought, as I write, that I have not had for a long time. Twitter: a communication tool In my experience, and in the short time that I have used it, Twitter has grown quickly to play a major part in the way that I interact with fellow colleagues and professionals from around the world.

Unique communication Data. Using Twitter To Support Learning. Social Networking | Viewpoint Using Twitter To Support Learning Twitter has become ubiquitous and many educators use it or a similar micro blogging technology to maintain connection with students in terms of announcements, information flow, and assignment updates.

Using Twitter To Support Learning

While some instructors have experienced success in community building and numerous articles detailing the more common uses of the platform are available online, a couple core questions have emerged. Can Twitter help support and facilitate the instructional process itself? If so, how, and in what ways can instructors successfully integrate the technology with existing courses? Facilitating InstructionDirect and effective communication is crucial to good instruction, and Twitter can help provide that. As Chris Betcher, a teacher from Sydney wrote in his blog, we must "remember that Twitter is about 'small pieces loosely joined,' which is really how the world works in real life.

I would, then, suggest the following steps: How to Leverage Backchanneling & the Long Tail of Learning. We’ve all been there.

How to Leverage Backchanneling & the Long Tail of Learning

Two colleagues across the room tap away at their phones, while the principal describes the rationale for cutbacks in funding for new technology initiatives. (Or switch out the colleagues for students while you are delivering an essential lecture on freedom of speech.) Their jabbing thumbs are punctuated by muffled giggles, as the digital text flies across the room. Is this a rude disruption or an extension of learning? At a conference, the speaker is riveting in his call for student empowerment through 21st-century learning. In an online synchronous webinar, Will Richardson shares his slides about the shifts in how we think about our privacy, our interactions with strangers on the Internet, and the powerful impact on education of some of the interactions we undertake every day.

Should we teach students to backchannel effectively? The backchannel chat has become a fixture of our culture, like it or not. How do we leverage the backchanneling students already do? Integrating Backchanneling into Your Classroom. In last week’s #BYOTchat, one of the topics that came up was the idea of “backchanneling.”

Integrating Backchanneling into Your Classroom

What is backchanneling, you say? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you! Simply put, backchanneling is the process of designating a medium for facilitating the conversation happening around a particular event. Whenever an event is taking place, there is a swirl of conversations occurring around that event. In the classroom, it can be two kids talking in the back row, passing notes, or sending texts or emails.

When entertaining the idea of establishing a backchannel in your classroom, the first thing you should realize is that the backchannel already exists; these conversations are already occurring, even if it’s merely inside someone’s head. The other great thing about backchanneling is that it gives students who may be less enthusiastic about sharing during class the freedom to express themselves without the fear that prevents them from raising their hand. Twitter Can Help Students Get Better Grades (But Only When Used Correctly) [INFOGRAPHIC]

Revisit. Revisit is a real–time visualization of twitter messages (tweets) around a specific topic. You can create your own twitter wall at a conference or an ambient display at your company or whatever use you come up with. In contrast to other twitter stream tools, it provides a sense of the temporal dynamics in the twitter stream, and emphasizes the conversational threads established by retweets and @replies. The tool is currently offline due to major changes in the Twitter API (more info), but please find a screencast here: revisit see5 from Moritz Stefaner on Vimeo. revisit aligns all twitter messages for your search terms along a timeline. When new tweets arrive, they are brought to the front and highlighted. A more complex conversational situation, with multiple interconnected retweets and replies. Source code + standalone version can be downloaded at github.

Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable. A College Student’s Guide to Getting Started with Twitter. HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags. One of the most complex features of Twitter for new users to understand is the hashtag, a topic with a hash symbol ("#") at the start to identify it.

HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags

Twitter hashtags like #followfriday help spread information on Twitter while also helping to organize it. The hashtag is a favorite tool of conferences and event organizers, but it's also a way for Twitter users to organize themselves: if everyone agrees to append a certain hashtag to tweets about a topic, it becomes easier to find that topic in search, and more likely the topic will appear in Twitter's Trending Topics. So how do you disseminate and make sense of all this hashtag madness? By going through the art of the hashtag step-by-step, of course. This short guide details how to identify, track, use, and organize hashtags in an efficient and useful way. Have a tip to share on hashtags or a unique way you utilize them?

1. So what's the most efficient way to figure out those nasty hashtags? What the Trend? 2. 3. 4. Chalk Talk 10/29/10 – Twitter Chat Tools. Chalk Talk Friday represents conversations and brilliance I’ve discovered traversing my way through the Blogosphere. From professional to personal development, these are the posts and links have in some way touched my head or my heart. I have been learning so much lately from participating in Twitter Chats. I am working on an upcoming post about the process, but these are the tools that have helped me make the most of the Chat Expereince! TweetChat : My favorite! This Web based app lets you enter chat room name, enter your comments into the box without adding the hashtag, and publishes your chat contribution into the stream of conversation automatically. TweetGrid : Web-based app that can monitor more than one hashtag or chat. Practical Advice for Teaching with Twitter. Last week I introduced a pedagogical framework for using Twitter in your teaching, organized along two axes: monologic to dialogic and passive to active.

Practical Advice for Teaching with Twitter

These high-falutin terms are fine for a theoretical matrix, but what about the real life implementation of Twitter in and outside of your classroom? How do you actually do it? I'm going to leave behind the pedagogy (mostly) in this post, and instead offer some practical advice for teaching with Twitter. I'll cover six aspects of Twitter integration where it pays to plan ahead of time (i.e. sometime last week): organization, access, frequency, substance, archiving, and assessment.

I'll deal with of each of these areas in turn, but before I do, and if you're new to Twitter, I want to urge you to read Ryan Cordell's comprehensive ProfHacker primer on Twitter. Organization A question I often hear from colleagues interested in using Twitter is Do I have to follow all of my students in order to teach with Twitter? Access Frequency Substance. 28 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using Twitter.

Posted on Wednesday July 6, 2011 by Staff Writers Between the cat images and celebrity porn, the Internet actually manages to boast educational potential.

28 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using Twitter

Considerable educational potential, in fact. Even that Twitter thing the kids are into these days, with its 140-characters and its perpetual haze of pound signs, has its uses. More than 28, of course, but here’s a nice little starting point. Instant feedback: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable both featured Monica Rankin, a history professor at University of Dallas, and discussed how she utilizes Twitter to gather real-time feedback. 50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom.

Twitter has caught fire across many professional fields as well as personally, but it seems to be in the beginning stages in the realm of higher education.

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom

The creative ways Twitter users have incorporated microblogging has become inspirational, so the recent trend of using Twitter at college, including at online colleges, is sure to keep evolving into an ever more impressive tool. Make sure you don’t get left behind by incorporating some of these educational and fun ways that Twitter can be used in the college classroom. Communication Twitter offers new and exciting ways to open up the lines of communication in the classroom. Find out some of the ways it can work with this list. Direct Tweet. Class Projects and Discovering Content From learning how to use Twitter to finding useful information for class to practicing a foreign language, Twitter provides creative opportunities for learning.

Twitter-specific projects. Twitter Tools Twhirl. Finding People in Academia to Follow. Teaching with Twitter – turning microblogging into learning. In many cities around the world, kids and adults are returning to the classrooms for a new year at school.

Teaching with Twitter – turning microblogging into learning

So much has changed for students and teachers. First with mobile phones, and now with social media. How can teachers and parents keep up? Along with the development of social media tools, the opportunity for developing new methods of teaching that incorporate these tools are emerging. In the case of microblogging, specifically the use of Twitter, these challenges are global. As a teacher, what can you do with Twitter? Keep in mind that the challenges of social media communication are not limited to your particular location or school.

Twitter is now an accepted method of communication in world events, entertainment, and breaking news. Related Posts. Telling Social Stories with Storify. After my post about perceptions versus reality in the classroom a few weeks ago, several folks wrote to ask about Storify. I’ve been playing around with Storify for a few months now, since the very end of its private beta, and I like the way I can weave tweets, links, videos, and other media into one coherent storyline. The interface is as simple as it could be: on the left side, you can browse through content from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google search, RSS feeds, or by entering links directly. For the latter three kinds of content, Storify will attempt to create an icon and headline for the items you find. For social media and YouTube items, Storify will embed the entire tweet or video into your timeline.

To build your timeline, you just drag items from the left side of the interface to the timeline on the right. [Click image for a larger version] At the bottom of this post I’ve embedded a story I created in Storify for our English undergrads here at St. Return to Top. How to Storify. Why to Storify. We’ve threatened to publish reviews and how-to-guides for digital tools since we started Hybrid Pedagogy, but we haven’t really gotten around to it. Every time we sit down to do this work, we get caught up in philosophizing about bigger issues related to educational technology — caught up in a desire to theorize the room before we fully enter the room. It’s important, though, for us to turn our minds (and typing fingers) toward both process and practice, hence our concordance of digital tools, and now this article about Storify.

Intended to serve as a stop-motion camera for the torrent of information we get from social media, Storify allows the user to arrange pieces of conversations to construct a narrative. When we first began teaching with Twitter, we wanted to contain conversations that would eventually evaporate. We begin, from the critical perspective that drives the mission of the journal, with the big questions: What is Storify?

A metaphor might serve well here. Storify your English classroom. Washington Post Storify (Photo credit: cfpereda) This year, I’m teaching Year 10 English. In our team discussions early on, we decided to apply some SAMR thinking to modify a task that was normally completed as a paper folio, with pictures pasted in and students adding their comments as handwritten text or something that was computer generated pasted in. Over the past year, I’ve used Storify to help compile tweets and thoughts from conferences I’ve attended. Storify is a wonderful curation tool being used by journalists, newspaper organisations, noted figures from Social Media circles, and even the British Monarchy and The White House!

Our focus this term is a thematic study about power and greed, perfect as a lead in to out text study of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The students have adopted it quickly and find it intuitive to use. I can see us using Storify for other purposes throughout the school year. Our students have blogs they use as ePortfolios. Google+ Like this: Like Loading... Lit Bits » Blog Archive » Twitter in the Literature Classroom? Part 1. Tracking Moves on the Classroom Backchannel with Storify.