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What are you doing?
Module 1, Part 2
by English Spark -
. Really a good tutorial.
What are you doing? That is the question
asks. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to answer that question in 140 characters or less. Essentially, that is Twitter.
Twitter is technically another social networking site like facebook, myspace, plurk, fring and others. Friends can "follow" you on Twitter to see what you are up when you post a
on Twitter. Being a "social networking site", your school may have Twitter blocked. You might want to consider talking to your administration or IT department about unblocking Twitter. Twitter has many apps for smartphones like the iPhone. If you have network filter issues, you should be able to still use Twitter from your cell phone.
I think there is a lot of potential for communication between teachers and administrators, between colleagues and especially for family and friends and could be another useful tool for teachers. That's my line and I'm sticking to it. Twitter is a great application to allow you to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues who are far away. Currently, I am "following" around 160 people, many fellow educators in my
Personal Learning Network
(or Networked Learning)
and I'm sure that will grow as time goes on.
Steps for using Twitter
Log in to Twitter via the
Twitter home page
or via a Twitter iphone application such as
You can also update Twitter via Facebook and several other applications that use the Twitter API.
Enter your message in the box with the label "What are you doing?" Keep in mind that your tweet can be no longer than 140 characters at the most. This limitation exists because Twitter uses the SMS network to send notifications via cell phone for those people who have that feature.
Click "Update" to send the Tweet to everyone on Twitter.
Type "d USERNAME" before your tweet to send a
to a particular user. Only that user will see the message.
Put "@USERNAME" at the beginning of your tweet to send a reply to a particular user. That user, your followers and that user's followers will all be able to see the tweet, but it won't appear on the public timeline.
Other Reviews of Twitter
Other Video Tutorials
I have been able to find some other good video tutorials concerning Twitter. Most of these are YouTube videos so if YouTube is blocked at your school or work you might want to view them at home, or somewhere else where you have YouTube access.
Top Twitter Tools Exposed & Explained in Lightning Speed
Adventures in Teaching & Learning
How to use Twitter
Other Twitter Add-Ons:
- add photos to your tweets
- share videos on your tweets
Viral Twitter TV
I hope that this tutorial was helpful. If you have and comments, suggestions, ideas for new Web 2.0 applications for me to review, go over to the
101 Web 2.0 Tutorials blog site
and leave me a comment.
John Peters, EMT-LP
Hereford High School
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Hereford, TX 79045
(806) 363-7704 office
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