Twitter, FB, and all other Social Media stuff

Posted: June 10, 2011 in PLN

I am sitting in a workshop with some social media guru’s. They have given us a crash course in the use of Social Media and how they use it in classes and on their own.


Announcements – reminders of due dates. New tasks with links to source

Supplimentary information – small snippets of information that they can extend their knowledge base in a particular area without making students read the articles.

Live microbloggoing – communication like what I am doing now as I am in the conference workshop taking notes. But those of you that follow me can see what is happening

Connections/PLN’s – (Siemens, 2004 – Connectivism) I am preaching to the converted. ut using hashtaggs like #edusocmedia or #elfa which is the conference hashtag you are able to build the network immediately in Twitter.

Collect real world data –  if you want to send out your students and they can Tweet the information back to a central course live. The information can then be gathered.

Twitter Polls – during Rick Von Feldt keynote he used or but they could use this instead

Back channelling communications – we have used it for conversations.

Other? – CAT’s like asking questions to see what they have understood about an area of information. It can be used to shape lessons prior as to what they understand and need clarity on. These can be Tweeted with a hashtag, the teacher can access the content that is needed.

It can be used for very short reflection of a lesson to summaries the lesson to see what they got out of it.

The shortness of the Tweet can reinforce the ideas due to its small nature.

An important factor is to archive incoming Tweets which can be done with for a specific hashtag that you develop for your class like #Visual Arts 

Also check out the Youtube channel for Facebook and Twitter to expand your understanding of privacy settings. The videos highlight changes and what you should think about changing.


It helps students stay connected as a community, both as a small group, and as part of a larger community that has common interests. I can be used to distribute news letters, assignments, events, items of interest such as exhibitions, book releases, Youtube links, etc…. These can then be commented on and you can identify interests and trends in your classes. They can also have the opportunity to contribute to this also. 

The structures of the Facebook account needs to be intelligently controlled for what you want to use.

The FB pages can be used as a very similar way that Twitter can be used the same way. The bests format that they recommend for classes is Fan Pages. This is open and shared but the barriers between teachers and students is still there. Worth trying.

I have just made the AIS Photographic and Digital Media  fan page in Facebook so I will see what happens with the students with it.

  1. Thanks for the great summary. I’m getting all excited about Twitter – I never really knew how powerful and extensive it actually is!

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