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Twitter in Education – Barriers and possible solutions?

Twitter in Education – Barriers and possible solutions?
After a wry commentary on the ‘10 Stages of Twitter‘ many educators have commented on the barriers that exist to twitter use. As a proposed channel of communication for iPad use in school, it is important to investigate these barriers and address them for staff. ACCESS – It is all very well popping onto twitter if you have a smartphone that allows you access with one tap of an icon. It is a very different experience if you are logging in via the website just to scroll through a timeline you don’t engage withUNDERSTANDING – Twitter fans have countless tales to tell about colleagues who ‘don’t get twitter’. A number of solutions have been suggested to remove these barriers and are proving fruitful alongside our iPad trial: Allow time for twitter professional development with any presentation immediately followed up with individual trouble-shooting and supportCreate a ‘ring-fenced‘ twitter trial zone. Related:  Twitter in the classroom

The 15 best educational Twitter hashtags - Learn Egg Digital Skills Social Media The 15 best educational Twitter hashtags When it comes to learning through your Personal Learning Network (PLN), the very first app or web tool mentioned is typically Twitter. That’s because it’s a never-ending stream of useful information, resources, and news curated by you. But how do you find all the ‘right’ people, you may be asking? I’d recommend using the following educational Twitter hashtags as they’re a powerful way to follow a conversation about a particular topic on Twitter.

How To Write Tweets Longer Than 140 Characters Ever had a bit more to say but hit the 140 character limit on Twitter? Spent a few minutes trimming your tweet down to acceptable levels? Me too. While there’s still not an official way to write more than 140 characters (nor will there ever be, really), there is a little hack you should know about. It’s called Tall Tweets and is from Amit Agarwal , the same guy who brought you the other fun tool we just showcased called Sleeping Time (shows you when your Twitter friends sleep – very fun!) How Tall Tweets Works Tall Tweets is a simple tool that turns your long tweet into an image. There is another option to ‘Tweet As Text’ where the service will chop up your lengthy text and then tweet it out piece-by-piece. The only problems I see are that @mentions don’t work (obviously) in the ‘tall tweet’ because it’s an image. What Tall Tweets Look Like Below is a tweet that contains the full text of this post you just read!

Have you heard of the MFL Twitterati? « Network for Languages London The mainstream media often portray Twitter as a sensationalist vehicle for attention-seeking celebrities to broadcast the trivial minutiae of their everyday lives. This is a shame I feel as in my humble opinion, the social networking site is in fact the most powerful tool for improving teachers’ professional development there has ever been … ever … and it’s free! Does this news sell papers though? Probably not! I personally don’t care what Jonathan Ross has for breakfast or how many million followers Lady Gaga has which is why I don’t follow them on Twitter. What I am interested in is connecting with innovative educators from around the world, sharing ideas and having meaningful discussions about the issues of the day. In 2007, when I joined Twitter, the number of language teachers from the UK using the service were few and far between. I created the list MFL Twitterers to give language teachers a helping hand to ‘get’ Twitter by giving them a ready-made community to follow.

The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Educational Twitter Hashtags The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Educational Twitter Hashtags Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-10-18 I heart Twitter. If you haven’t yet, follow @edudemic to keep up with what we’re doing, working on, and seeing (like last night’s tech event with GDGT in downtown Boston!). Twitter has become a massive hit in education and it’s too big to ignore. But that’s a very lengthy list. Want to download this graphic as a PDF? Category: Featured Tags: #edchat , guide , hashtags , infographic , resource , twitter , visualization You may also like How Teachers Are Hacking Their Own Digital Textbooks Added by Anthony DiLaura 5 days ago 17.23K Views 9 Comments 0 Likes A group of teachers have started to disrupt their own textbook options by starting up an iBooks Author Hackathon. 5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad Added by Monica Burns 1 month ago 24.65K Views 1 Comments 0 Likes You don’t have to be in a 1:1 classroom to infuse technology. 30 Young Leaders Worth Following On Twitter 2 Comments Fresh Posts

How Twitter Saved my Literature Class: A Case Study with Discussion “How Twitter Saved my Literature Class: A Case Study with Discussion” Andy Jones, University of California, Davis Originally published: Jones, A. “How Twitter Saved my Literature Class: A Case Study with Discussion.” (2011). Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media. A collection edited by Charles Wankel. More than anything else, what distinguishes a great class from an adequate class is the attitude of the participants. In order for such a course to exist, in order for this transformational learning to take place, the instructor and students together must face down an array of obstacles and distractions. Perhaps recent research in industrial psychology could help us understand what motivates our students. I had this question in mind as I was preparing for a short fiction class for 30 undergraduates that I taught during the summer of 2009 at the University of California, Davis. I first encountered Twitter as a journalist. Facebook offers too many distractions.

Пользователи "Яндекс.Денег" могут переводить деньги через Twitter © Коллаж РИА Новости МОСКВА, 5 мар — РИА Новости, Дмитрий Филонов. Сотрудники электронной платежной системы "Яндекс.Деньги" запустили экспериментальный проект Twym, который позволяет переводить деньги от одного пользователя другому при помощи сообщения в сервисе микроблогов Twitter, говорится в сообщении компании. Для обмена деньгами с помощью Twitter-сообщений у получателя и отправителя должны быть счета в "Яндексах.Деньгах", которые при помощи Twym необходимо связать с соответствующими Twitter-аккаунтами. "Мы хотели сделать Twym на тех же условиях, что и внешние разработчики.

The language of Twitter: the rise of MFL teachers online | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional Ever since I was first inspired by the power of technology for enhancing language learning, I've been passionate about connecting with similar enthusiastic educators. Starting my blog Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom in 2006 and posting about my own and others' adventures in and out of the classroom with web 2.0 tools proved to be a great way of drawing people in, building a community and sharing ideas. The Isle of Wight Conferences I organised from 2006 to 2008 focused on innovative uses of ICT in MFL and helped colleagues from all over the country to meet face to face and make deeper connections with each other as a result. Joining Twitter in 2007 made it easier to interact on a more regular basis not only with the growing numbers of language teachers interested in innovative use of ICT in their teaching, but also helped me get to know the wider edtech community. It's not all virtual sharing of course. But does all this tweeting affect what goes on in the classroom?

Teachers – The 10 Stages of Twitter Stage 1 Sign up to twitter following persuasion/pestering by colleagues. Follow Stephen Fry, a famous sportsman/popstar and a news channel. Read a few tweets, don’t understand what the fuss is about and mock anyone who uses twitter. Stage 2 Overhear colleagues chatting about twitter and a great article they found. Stage 3 Think about posting first tweet. Stage 4 Upon realising you have no followers ask colleagues how to get them? Stage 5 Have a mini twitter conversation with colleague, even retweet a couple of statements. Stage 6 Practise a couple of tweets that include @names and hashtags. Stage 7 Retweet any link you find interesting as people might read them. Stage 8 Thank colleagues for introducing you to twitter, impressed with the knowledge you have gleaned and your growing number of followers. Stage 9 Reflect that twitter is an incredibly positive place and everyone is full of praise. Stage 10 (the reason for this post) When seeking opinion from a range of people, ask PLN to respond.

@RealTimeGatsby - Effective use of Twitter for English Class Just today I came across the Twitter account @RealTimeGatsby. Yep, it is exactly what it sounds like – a real time account of the novel The Great Gatsby, only tweeted and not read. Something similar has been done for World War II, which became wildly popular and was incredibly educational. #Nick - Excited about moving out East. #Daisy - Can’t decide between the white dress and the other white dress. #Myrtle - That sign down the road is creepy in the morning. The use of Hashtags modernizes the novels core meanings and brings a completely different sense of understanding to students.

16 Ways Businesses Are Using Twitter Vine Are you wondering how the new Twitter Vine (think ultra short videos) could work for your business? Vine is a new mobile app that allows you to capture life from your mobile device in short, six-second looping videos. You can share these short videos with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Think of it as Instagram, except with videos instead of pictures. In today’s post, I’ll show you some creative uses of Vine for business. Editor’s note: You can click on any video to pause it. #1: Engage Your Followers in Conversation Start a conversation with your followers using a Vine video. Simon & Schuster does this by not just asking what followers will be reading this weekend—they give them visual cues on what they could be reading. It could spark any reader to go to their local bookstore or order a new title online. It’s a long weekend! #2: Highlight Your Brand Advocates What’s even better than advertising one of your products on a Vine video? #3: Display Your Work for a Client 1. That’s it!

A Comprehensive Index to Educational Hashtags Teachers Must Know about If you are still trying to figure out what educational hashtags teachers are using then you do not need to go anywhere else, I got it covered here thanks to Chiew Pang document. Pang created an open document using Google Docs and named it " The Unofficial Index to Twitter Hashtags ". I have gone thorough the entire page and found it really helpful so I thought you might want to have a look as well. See also : Teacher's Guide to The Use of Hashtags in Education Here is the link for the entire document that Pang created and below are the hashtags it contains. Besides hashtags the document also features several important tips on how and why to use educational hashtags .

» “Tweaching” with Twitter Yes. That’s right. It’s not a misspelling. “Tweaching” is on the rise. A term coined by our very own Brian Salerno at QU Online, “tweaching” refers to the use of Twitter for instruction in both online and on ground settings. According to the Faculty Focus Report (2009) on Twitter in Higher Education, up to 71.8% of college faculty expect that their use of Twitter will increase in the coming school year. Twitter , a free microblogging service that allows for text-based messages of 140 characters or less, can be categorized as both an asynchronous and synchronous communication tool. opinions or reactions posing a question sharing a resource polling real time news developments conference back channeling networking safety alerts Tom Barrett, 2008 As educators, we all strive to create teachable moments for our student population.

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. 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. 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 Twitter Professors: 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education.

This is How to Use Twitter as a Curation Tool Twitter bookmarks way outnumber all the other bookmarks I have in my Chrome browser. Whenever I come across a video, a guide, a tutorial, a graphic, or a well written article on Twitter I automatically add it to this list of bookmarks and from time to time I refer to these bookmarks to select for the content I want to share with you here as is the case with the awesome graphic below. I am also working on a term paper for my MA Ed here in the Mount University. This paper is about the use of twitter as a professional development tool for teachers and which I will share with you in PDF format once it is submitted . Today I am sharing with you this great graphic from Langwitches. check it out below and share with use what you think of it.Enjoy