Micro-Blogging Assignments (Twitter)

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Module Summary

Social Media tools are used by students outside of class on their personal time, and instructors are recognizing this trend and finding ways to incorporate these social media tools in the classroom to engage students. Twitter is a great tool to engage students in conversations.

Takeaways

Learners will...

  • identify how twitter works
  • identify ways to use twitter in the classroom

Main Contents

Similar to blogging but the content is typically shorter and simple to use. Shorter sentences are needed to convey the message (140 characters) and hash tags are used to send messages. Brevity and simplicity is the way to get the message across to the mass.

Common micro-blogging sites are Twitter (being the most popular), Tumblr, Plurk, Jaiku, Yammer, Spoink and identi.ca and others. Micro-blogging sites have become quite popular and have a source of real-time news. Notifications can be set-up to receive the tweets regularly using tweet deck so conversations are not missed out.

The concept of twitter is to follow people to learn and share information. Watch this video, Twitter in Plain English - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o

Examples

Academic Excellence in 140 characters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVOY2x81_bg

The Twitter Experiment - Twitter in the Classroom - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WPVWDkF7U8

Tweets for Education Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkGj0YXPGok&feature=related

Tweets for Education Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdGQvqfgO04&feature=related

How To

Getting Started with Twitter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YGp4cWdndc&feature=related

How to Use Twitter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xbjIE8cPM

Extra Resources

Tweeting through time: History expert says social media connecting younger generations to the past - http://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=1791&category=news&referredBy=email

Twitter in the Classroom? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OxIz_3o3O0

Teaching with Twitter - http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2009/01/teaching-with-twitter.html