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 http://www.twemes.com 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.

Tasks

10.00 to 11.00: getting started

  • Create your twitter account (overview, link to twitter.com)
  • 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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