Twitter … day plan

The aims of the session are to allow you to explore the use of twitter within the context of a social network tool, and also collectively work up ideas of how it might be used as a learning technology.

At the end of our day you will have;

  1. created your own twitter account, followed people, posted to your twitter account (text, links and images) and gained some experience of using services, such as and agreed tags enhance the way that small groups of people can communicate.
  2. found and reviewed an online article / blog post about using Twitter
  3. in small groups (as part of the end of day activity) developed a scenario on how twitter could be used in an educational context.

The overall flow of the day is …

in the morning, familiarise yourself with Twitter and find / disseminate an appropriate artcile

in the afternoon, after using Twitter to achieve a number of tasks, meet up for a group discussion to develop a number of learning and teaching scenarios.


10.00 to 11.00: getting started

  • Create your twitter account (overview, link to
  • follow jiscemerge (overview – jisc emerge is a dissemination tool), use the Moodle wiki to state your twitter username for others at the conference to follow
  • post a tweet … 10.30 am: what am I doing, looking at, or what am I feeling?

11.00 to 12.00: participating in a social network

  • If you have access to a camera, camera phone, then use Twitpic to share a picture … 11.30 am: what I am looking at and why
  • Answer questions raised by jiscemerge, reply via @jiscemerge. These will include;
  1. 11.15 am: How do you access twitter?
  2. 12.00 am: are you aware of who is following you? does this impact on how you tweet?

12.00 to 3.30:

  • Find an appropriate web posting (blog), or online article about the use of Twitter (preferably in an educational context) and post the url on twitter
  • Twitter updates, reflections, and summaries by those attending ….
  1. Getting Collaborative”: APT Stairs googledocs activity led by Sarah Sherman”
  2. “Telling Tales of User Engagement”: Appreciative Inquiry session led by Patsy Clarke
  • 3.00 pm: do you think you’ll be using twitter in 12 months time? please explain your answer

4.00 to 4.45

In online session;

  • intros, and who are you? set of poll questions about level of previous experience with twitter.
  • summary of some of the day’s activities on jiscemerge
  • overview of a few of the posted resources
  • use as a learning activity – peoples perceptions of who useful it is as a learning technology
  • small group activity … work up a use of twitter in an educational context – be prepared to present back. (should be 2 minute presentation)
  • burning questions? where next … JISC emerge wiki

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