Twitter & Education?

by Kelly Walsh on February 8, 2009

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With all the buzz about Twitter these days, I figured I should look into what was going on with the potential uses of this microblogging application in the Educational arena. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by the extent of web articles and postings about this topic. If this is of interest to you, here’s just a few of the more useful references I found on the subject.

  • In this 2 and half minute video posting, a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, David Parry, discusses how he uses Twitter in an introductory course on computer media communication. Solid insight into a real life use of the application in an educational setting:
    http://chronicle.com/media/video/v54/i25/twitter/
  • Educause ’7 things you should know about’ series article. This series is of articles from the outstanding Educause organization is frequently cited, and I would be remiss not to include a link to their excellent article on the subject: 
    http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7027.pdf
  • “14 Days of Twitter” – Nicole Melander required students to use Twitter in the Social Networking and Business course she teaches at American University and put up a couple posts about it on her blog. Again, great insight into real world use of the microblogging aplication in education. http://digitalmindsblogger.blogspot.com/2008/12/14-days-of-twitter-part-one-i-hate.html
  • Twitter’s page about using Twitter in Education: There is a good amount of information accessible via the links on this page, but it takes some digging, as it is just a collection of links (with limited insight into their content). This listing certainly does manage to convey a sense of the expanding use of the application in educational settings. http://www.twitter.com/education.

If you are an educator and a fan of twitter, there’s no shortage of ideas out there, just a quick search away, that are right up your alley!

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Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Class Workshop in a Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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admin February 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

I’ll have to give Edmodo a closer look (and I do agree about the “signal to noise ratio” problem with Twitter, and nicely stated at that!) – Thanks JBlack.

JBlack February 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm

KWalsh -

Yes, it seems that Twitter is all the rage, but I think that Edmodo.com would be of more use in the classroom with students. While I’ve used Twitter for nearly a year now, I think that the signal-to-noise ratio is a bit discouraging. Edmodo is another microblogging platform that can be used very nicely in the classroom without the distractions you might encounter at Twitter.

Also, thanks for letting me know that my Vuvox slideshow was broken on my blog. Got her up and running again.

Best Wishes – JBlack ;)

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