The use of twitter so far.
Yesterday I opened a new twitter account specifically to use for this course called @TwTablets. I realised that this would allow us to tweet from it, use it to host the twitter chats and use it as a source of research data.
In the lead up to our first Twitter chat (which took place yesterday evening) I found this useful blog post by Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist on twitter): How to host a Twitter chat I found that taking some time to organise the chat before it happens helps enormously. For this first chat I used Mark’s model to map out the tweets and the times they would happen:
|tweet date / time||tweet|
|15th to 18th Feb||tweet daily using image and #TWT16chat #TWT16 (tweetdeck)|
|19.00||1 hour til #TWT16chat – hope to see you there!|
|19.30||half an hour til #TWT16chat – introductions and exploring apps.|
|19.45||Will you be joining us for #TWT16chat? 8pm this evening (in 15 minutes)|
|19.55||5 minutes til #TWT16chat! looking forward to meeting you all!|
|20.00||Q1 Say hello and introduce yourself on twitter #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.01||Q1 Say hello and introduce yourself on twitter #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.04||Don’t forget to use #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.10||Q2 Where are you from? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.11||Q2 Where are you from? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.20||Q3 What’s the best lesson you’ve used tablets for so far? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.21||Q3 What’s the best lesson you’ve used tablets for so far? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.30||Q4 What’s the best ‘unknown’ app you’ve discovered? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.31||Q4 What’s the best ‘unknown’ app you’ve discovered? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.35||Don’t forget to use the #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.40||Q5 What’s your biggest worry about using tablets for teaching? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.41||Q5 What’s your biggest worry about using tablets for teaching? #TWT16chat #TWT16|
|20.50||Q6 What is your top app so far? #TWT16chat|
|20.51||Q6 What is your top app so far? #TWT16chat|
|21.00||Thanks for joining #TWT16chat Look out for the storify appearing soon! #TWT16|
|21.01||Join us again next week (25th Feb) to chat about week 1 #TWT16chat #TWT16
I used Explain Everything to make an image to use in the days leading up to the chat and to use in the Google+ community.
Mark also recommended Tweetdeck and I used this to schedule all the tweets listed above so that they would happen automatically. I found this to be invaluable when the tweet chat was taking place as it meant I could read, retweet and interact with the tweeters rather than tweet questions and be an administrator. I’ll also be able share the Tweetdeck with the team so that they can use it to tweet from the account when it is their turn to host the chat.
The hour itself was full of interaction and ideas! It was great to see tweeters from so many places. A quick scan through the twitter feed showed tweeters from: Newcastle upon Tyne, Sheffield, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Rushden, Wimbledon, Northampton, North Wales, Aberystwyth, Glasgow, and further afield: Belgium, South Africa, Slovakia, Poland, Spain, Dublin, Slovenia, Italy and Florida.
It was good to see so many people new to Twitter and using it for the first time, or users who were new to Twitter chats. There was a huge exchange of ideas and advice with lots of recommendations of apps that I had used, heard of or were completely new to me. Looking back through now I can see lots of tweets that I didn’t see yesterday.
This (image to the right) is a representation of the key words made using TweetRoot.
Belinda has made us a storify so we can look back at the chat- it can be seen at this link:
The experience gave some of the participants from the course and the Google+ community the opportunity to interact with each other in a live situation and conveyed a sense of their enthusiasm for using tablets in their teaching. It was interesting to see that some app accounts also joined in the chat as their apps were discussed.
Next week’s chat will be focused on Week 1 – manipulating media.
Apps and tools used:
Twitter, Tweet Deck, TweetRoot, GoogleDocs, Explain Everything, Storify
Before the chat: finalise six questions; make image for the week; structure them into tweets using the pro forma; set them up on Tweetdeck; tweet daily using the week’s image; announce on Open Blackboard; event on Google+ community.
After the chat: storify the tweets and tweet link to it, add storify link to Google+community and Open Blackboard.