Please note: If you are going to make use of Twitter then I strongly recommend you also take a look at IFTTT, as it can automate many Twitter tasks for you! :)
Twitter is a microblogging platform that enables a real-time interaction between users, using different devices, technologies and applications.
Watch the videos below to learn more:
"A quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter."
"How Twitter Search creates new opportunities for business feedback, tracking news in real time and discovering trends."
One of the nice things you can do with Twitter is display Tweets about a certain topic that are being made in 'real time'. Many conferences are now using sites such as visibletweets.com to project peoples messages about the conference in question onto large displays so that audience members/delegates can see them.
For a comprehensive guide to all things Twitter I highly recommend you visit Mashable's Twitter Guide Book.
The following links will take you to external web sites that examine the effectiveness of Twitter and other similar platforms in education and provide server examples that you may find useful to try out with your own students:
- Twitter 101 - An Introduction for Students
- Ways to use Twitter in Academia
- Can we use Twitter for educational activities?
- Twitter 4 teachers
- 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics
- Twitter guide for Academics & researchers
Once you have a Twitter account you can use it to connect with other educators form all over the world to share resources and ideas.
To quickly build up a PLN, you can make use of this IFTTT recipe which will automatically follow people using certain hashtags (which you specify) in their Tweets.
Watch the presentation below to learn more:
Each week hundreds of educators come together to discuss various topics via twitter in
specially arranged chat sessions.
Each chat session has a unique hashtag which you can use to both monitor andparticipate in the discussion.
In Wales we have a weekly Twitter chat around issues concerning the integration of technology into teaching and learning using the #addcym hashtag.
Please use the links below to learn more:
Buffer is a free web service that lets you queue up several tweets which will then be tweeted for you, on a schedule you specify. It's a great way of sending out regular content without having to be constently on Twitter (it also works with Facebook too!).
The websites listed below let you set up 'private' chat rooms for you and your students to hold conversations in:
Once you have a twitter account you may wish to look at these links, they will take you to sites that expand the functionality of the system:
- Top 7 Twitter Tutorials - A collection of videos & links put
together by Ben Parr that show you how to get the
most out of Twitter.
- Twitter Apps - A nice collection of free web applications that you can use
to enhance your Twitter experience.
- This free service lets you broadcast live streaming video, all you
need is a webcam and a Twitter account.
- Top 5 ways to share videos with Twitter - Jennifer
Van Grove outlines five ways in which you share online video via
- TwitDoc -
Share files easily via Twitter.
- Conduct real time polls with your class which they can respond to by
mobile phone text message or Twitter - the results are then shown live
in a web browser or as part of your powerpoint slide.
- Tiny Paste -
Twitter limits messages to a maximum of 140 characters but you can work
around this using Tiny Paste. On this site you can type your lengthy
message into a box, click submit and you'll get a short link like
tinypaste.com/471ca. Paste this in your Twitter feed (or anywhere else)
and anyone who clicks it will read your full comments.
Twuffer - Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future messages, and schedule their release.
- Twitter Toolbox - 60 tools for getting the most out of Twitter.