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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.

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 Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators In the three years that I’ve been building up Edutopia’s presence on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, I’ve noticed a significant shift in how our audience of education changemakers interact and collaborate. In particular, I’ve seen Twitter reinvent the way educators collaborate to create change in education. Twitter Transforms Educators Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Enter Twitter. Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate: Edcamps: Edcamps are “unconferences” for educators that are mostly promoted through Twitter and organized by people who’ve met on Twitter. Twitter chats: There are currently over 150 Twitter chats on education-related topics. Hashtags: Educators use a lot of hashtags. Profiles in Collaboration Results of Collaboration Educator Shelly Terrell reached out to Dabbs on Twitter three years ago. Your Turn

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.

How To Use Facebook to Build and Maintain a Customer Base If you have just started a new web business or you’d like to but don’t know how to get the word out about it, Facebook is your friend. By using Facebook you can find potential customers, keep them up-to-date about your business and maintain their loyalty. Here are the ways you can build and maintain a solid customer base for your new web business on Facebook. Create a Facebook Page for Your Business This has become a MUST for any web business. By creating a page, you can allow fans to “like” your page, which will give your business more visibility. Use Your Friends If you already have a personal Facebook account and a long list of friends and family members, you can advertise your new web business through them. Build Expectations Looking for a way to create excitement and buzz for your business? Keep Everything Up-to-Date Keeping your Facebook accounts updated is an important job of maintaining your new online business. The Author Pamelia can be contacted at 255inShare

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.

140 Character Conference 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?

10 Ways To Launch and Promote A Product Using Social Media Launching a product using social media provides multi-media rich global platforms that makes it easy for each social network community to share the message and let other people know about your brand. Promoting, marketing and launching any product globally was usually left to multi-nationals with big budgets and access to prime time TV and other expensive mass media and to be effective required multi-million dollar budgets. Here is a case study of Guy Kawasaki’s launch and promotion of his book ‘Enchantment The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions‘ and how he used a multi channel social media marketing strategy and tactics that can be applied to any product. This approach or a subset of his campaign can be applied by anyone with the right discipline and appropriate resources and ‘yes’ you will need a marketing budget but it will not need to be 6 or 7 figures. So how did he launch and promote his book using social media? Primary Goal: Cost: Approximately $2,700 Primary Goal Main Goal:

@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.

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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!

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.