Twitter in the Classroom
What is Twitter?
Retweet/Via (RT or via)- The indication at the beginning or end of a tweet that is using text of someone's head. Basically being cited by other tweeters. Some use via when original texts of tweets are altered.
(#) - Tagging individual tweets so they show up in a "stream" ex. #COMM200 or #Educause2010
@ replies/ mentions - when you send a message directed to a particular users. Usually a reply to a tweet or if you want to send something to the "attention" of other twitter users.
Direct Message(DM) a private message that does not appear in a twitter timeline
Twitter Lists - A new feature that has not been launched to all users yet. allows you to organizer people you follow in particular lists. Some third party products already have this feature (brizzly and tweetdeck)
Who uses Twitter?
11% of adults online use Twitter (as of December 2008)
17% of internet users in households earning less than $30,000 tweet and update their status
10% of internet users in households earning more than $75,000 annually
27% of Bloggers also Twitter
- articles related to your course
- polls and surveys
- links to websites
- in the classroom
- between student groups
- asking questions/guiding discussions
Evaluating new people to follow
Other uses for Twitter
- professional development
- interacting with other faculty
- staying abreast of current technology news
Benefits of Twitter
- easy way to expose students to news, technology and various schools of thought
- intuitive and simple
- the ability to mix and mash social media content from various sources
- 140 words
Negatives of Twitter
- requires active participation to work
- 140 words
Subject specific follows