How to use twitter in the university classroom. Presentation by Dr. Lisa Trentin.
Text of Engaging Students with Twitter
1. Engaging Students with TWITTER
2. What is TWITTER? Created in 2006, its a micro-blogging
social media tool that provides real time information from real
people. Profile: Twitter page displaying information about a user,
as well as all the tweets they have posted. Tweets: messages of up
to 140 characters. Followers: people who subscribe to/receive your
tweets; updates appear on twitter feed. Lists: curated groups of
Twitter users; used to tie specific individuals to a group or
topic. Hashtags: a word prefixed by a pound sign (#) to mark
keywords or topics in a tweet.
3. Teaching with TWITTER Twitter Adoption Matrix by Mark
4. COMMON QUESTIONS INSTRUCTORS: Do I have to follow all of my
students in order to teach with Twitter? How often should I require
my students to tweet? What should my students tweet about? How do I
monitor who tweets what and how often? How much of an investment of
time will Twitter require (account set-up, tweeting, archiving,
assessing tweets)? STUDENTS: Are we being graded on this?
5. USING TWITTER IN CLA COURSES 2012-2013 CLA101: Introduction
to Classical Civilization (200) CLA201: Greek & Latin in
Scientific Terminology (100) CLA204: Introduction to Classical
Mythology (250) CLA231: Introduction to Roman History (120) CLA237:
Introduction to Greek Culture & Society (100) (varying degrees
of success and engagement)
6. TWITTER: MAKING IT COUNT ASSESSMENT 1) Participation (10% of
overall mark); Classes will combine both formal lectures as well as
tutorial-style discussion; as such, there will be ample opportunity
for students to raise questions and engage dialogue. This will
involve and require active participation from all members of the
group in terms of preparatory reading, general questions and close
textual and/or visual analysis. Students will be asked to complete
a variety of activities to account for attendance and
participation, both in class and via Blackboard Discussion Board
7. TWITTER: THE 5Ws Whos on it? Who can I follow? What is it?
What can it do for me? Where can I find others? When do I use it?
When should I tweet? Why use it? Why use it in the classroom?
8. You might also want to follow: @UTMstudentlife @UTMlibrary
@UofTMississaugaSU @UTMBookstore @UTMRegistrar @UTMHelpdesk
@TheMediumUTM @utmONE @rezTWEET (UTM Residence) @UTMTV (online
television) @utmHCC @UTMHS (Historical Studies) @DrLisaTrentin
9. TWITTER Teaching & Learning You can follow me
@DrLisaTrentin Please JOIN the CLA201-2013 LIST for fellow course
twitterati Use the hashtag #CLA201 for all course-related tweets
Acceptable use of Twitter for this course: Communication: Share
questions with your peers relating to class lectures, readings,
quizzes, etc. Post news and interesting information related to
topics in the course Reflective Thinking: Sum up the most valuable
lesson of the lecture answer specific questions posed Networking:
Find and follow experts in the field of Classics, Archaeology,
History and many other disciplines! FYI Important! It is a serious
academic offense for students to post threatening or profane
tweets. Separate personal tweets from course-related tweets by
using LISTS and appropriate HASHTAGS#
10. ENGAGING WITH THE DISCIPLINE YOUR TASK: Find a scholar in:
a) the field of Classics (or Archaeology or Art History or History)
AND b) your major field of interest. Follow this scholar throughout
the term to see what kinds of things s/he tweets End of term we
will evaluate the value of these tweets
11. ENGAGING WITH THE COURSE YOUR TASK: Follow the instructor
to receive important information on: course announcements,
assignment deadlines, lecture updates, tweets of interest from the
wider Classics community. Tweet according to course related
requirements: reflective thinking, further thoughts, quizzes, exam,
12. The photo below was taken at St. Josephs Hospital in
Toronto. Examine the photo. Choose one word, subdivide so as to
show prefixes, BASES, suffixes and combining vowels. Give the
etymological definition of the word. If the actual meaning differs,
give that as well. HOMEWORK (TWITTER OR BB)
13. ENGAGING WITH EACH OTHER YOUR TASK: Follow the course
Twitter list to connect with students outside of class: obtain
notes, arrange study groups, review course material, etc. Follow
one another: networking opportunities, shared communication,
14. STUDENT FEEDBACK It gives me a voice when I cant/dont want
to participate in class. I can connect with other students in the
class. I dont use Twitter because its intimidating. But I like that
the Twitter feed is on Blackboard so I can see what kinds of things
others tweet. I would maybe use it if it was required in other
courses. I dont like Twitter. Not enough space to write what I
need. I use Blackboard instead. Twitter is good. Gets to the point.
Dont have to write so much (unnecessarily) as on BB. Never used it
in classes but I think it works.
15. KEEPING TRACK OF TWEETS Create a permanent Twitter archive:
monitor who is tweeting what, when and how often. Most apps are
free and can export archive into Excel or Office spreadsheets. Try:
HootSuite Archives; Tweet Archivist; TweetDoc; Twitter Archive
16. Beyond the Classroom: Why Should You Use TWITTER? make and
maintain connections with others in your field, find out about
interesting projects and research, crowdsource questions and
technical problems. Its the LinkedIn, Academia.edu of social
17. Helpful Resources Lehmann, K. and Chamberlin, L. 2011.
Twitter in Higher Education, pp. 375-391 in C. Wankel, ed.
Educating Educators with Social Media. Emerald Group Publishing.
Tyma, A. 2011. Connecting with what is out there! Using Twitter in
the large lecture, Communication Teacher 25.3: 175-181. Young, J.
2010. Teaching with Twitter: not for the faint of heart, in
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review.
Wright, N. 2010. Twittering in teacher education: reflecting on
practicum experiences, The Journal of Open, Distance and e-
Learning 25.3: 259-265. There are also a slew of online resources
under the blog ProfHacker from The Chronicle of Higher