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Twitter Networks

Focusing, Informing, Connecting and Expanding

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Why We Don’t Tweet
We don’t see the point.

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It’s just one more thing.

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It’s not valid instructional.

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Social media or emerging technologies should give you a brand new something.

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Not an old something dressed up in a blue bird costume.

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Source: http://sherrilynnestarkie.com/2012/04/20/infographic-twitter-facts/

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Why I Began to Tweet
I needed ample, continuous sources of information in real time about my market.

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What I Thought
Ample, continuous sources of information in real time about their market.

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What I Learned
amazing resource opportunity to contribute real and growing network
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The Gift of Twitter
A global playground of focused information (course-based), meaningful connections, personal contributions, compelling and easy research, and a tool for student’s future professional life.

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Courses
55+ students, combined grad and undergrad 22 undergrad students 3 grad students

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Systematic Approach
Create a Profile Follow Re-Tweet (RT) Tweet from Sites (current events) Original Tweets

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How It Works
following (voyeurism) retweeting (plagiarism) tweeting (journalism)

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How It Works
real time only see the tweets of those you follow only people who follow you will read your tweets

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Unless You’re Trending
(but that’s another workshop)

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Sources
Google Alerts Personalized Magazines (Zite, Flipbook)

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Monitoring

a Twitter account for each class only follow the students

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It is essential for students to explore the topics that are the most meaningful and of highest interest to them within the course content.

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What’s the point?
100% of students looked at and read the websites of the organizations they were following.

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It’s just one more thing?
95% of students believed that it was a useful tool for gathering and sharing information.

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It’s not instructional?
90% of students read the articles they tweeted.
And MLA recognizes it as a citation
Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet

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Outcome
100% of students discovered news or information that they felt was valuable to their own learning.

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What they said ...

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I have been learning about more groups and organization through twitter, some I’m sure I wouldn’t have without it.

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I like being able to follow and see what other people are doing with my same interests. I wouldn’t know of many of the things I’ve learned through Twitter.
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I have learned more about different organizations and current events by having a twitter account. By retweeting, it allows me to be more involved.
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More

hashtags, trending, vernacular, protocol, culture
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Resources
http://socialmediatoday.com/leo-widrich/375480/5-cool-ways-using-twitter-classrooms

5 Cool Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

5 Do’s and Don’ts for College Students Using Social Media
http://socialmediatoday.com/leo-widrich/375480/5-cool-ways-using-twitter-classrooms

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/92308

Twitter in Education

http://blogs.shu.edu/zedeck/files/2009/09/twitter-handbook-for-teachers.pdf

Twitter Handbook for Teachers Twitter Terminology 101

http://sandesaimond.hubpages.com/hub/Twitter-Terminology-101

http://elearn.arizona.edu/stuartg/Twitter3_093011.pdf
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“Twitter How To” from the OIA