My Twitter workshop at ICICTE 2010

Twitter workshop at ICICTE 2010

Introduction

This was my first workshop at ICICTE, and I had not attended any till Friday, when I went to Gorg’s excellent session on Facebook.

I had brought material from the UK, which was a presentation I had made with Sue Greener, twice. As part of the Business eLearning (BeL) Research Group’s Faculty e-learning seminar series, and to a Wired Sussex event. Anyway, there were some notes on how I had used Twitter in teaching, and some examples, but little to structure a 90 minute workshop.

Henk was giving a parallel workshop on Web 2.0 tools, and we discussed merging if the numbers were low. I was keen to have the Twitter session take place, but planned to merge if there were less than six. I really thought there might not be many/any.

Before

I was glad I had attended Gorg’s Facebook workshop. His format of opening statement of domain, posing of questions and then getting us in groups worked well. I spent an hour after breakfast this morning putting together a set of guidelines for creating an account on Twitter, making a first posting, following, re-tweeting and tagging.

I had three instructional slides, interspersed with my guidelines and suggested questions. When I got to the room, there was one person there, checking her email. At the start time there were three and I prepared myself for merger. And then a dozen came, within a minute. And we were off..

During

The time passed quickly. I tried to refrain from lecturing, and within 20 minutes from start, I had the participants creating accounts and pumping out the ‘hello world’ first tweet. There were some technical difficulties: not enough laptops (I ran off and borrowed, thanks Nicole), lost passwords and missing email addresses, but after another twenty minutes the first tweets appreared.

Getting everyone tweeting, following, re-tweeting, tagging and embedding links took us to the hour, and then I announced: time for the real work. We formed three groups around use before a learning session, during a learning session and after a learning session. Each group had a scribe (thanks to those), and we created a stream of material, I intend to embed here.

After

The workshop had to be finished ready for the closing ceremony. All participants seemed engaged, and a couple said they had got something of use. I felt pleased with the process, and keen to read the tweets generated.

Reflections

I learned much about getting a group to generate useful magterials. I enjoyed the process. There were some interesting issues raised, especially about multitasking, sufficient time and space for analysis and the risks of publishing in a public area where institutional control is low.

There were several topics raised that I felt might lead to research, and several connections made, that are likely to endure.

Tweets from workshop

Before the learning:

1. Testy ICICTE ICICTETesty

#ICICTE2010twitterbefore : need to assure students that they’re not being judged

2. Testy ICICTE ICICTETesty

#ICICTE2010twitterbefore : allocate related tasks to students, harvest focused tweat summaries to wiki, peer-review….

3. Testy ICICTE ICICTETesty

#ICICTE2010twitterbefore : use for announcements – if all students using twitter

4. Testy ICICTE ICICTETesty

#ICICTE2010twitterbefore : use twitter to obtain discussion questions from students; use of twitter would engender/stimulate communication

During a learning session

1. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during will it work mixing multiple different parts of your life in twitter?

2. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during are the ‘best’ academics tweeting? if not why not?

3. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during retweeting not the same as reading the tweet!

4. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during twitter enabling constant learning, but only from people on twitter. majority of academics not tweeting

5. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during twitter – spontaneous reaction easy, reflection more of an issue?

6. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during twitter clearly v useful for communication one to many and to collect information. can it be used to analyse?

7. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during can we use technology to extend out abilities or are they getting in the way and distracting?

8. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during i think we might ok would get distracted and look at a hot topic not focus on a session

9. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during can set up rss for a twitter feed for a particular # so that you see how things develop. can be archived too

10. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during in a session there may be a need for ground rules – the data is recorded forever and may comprimise in the future

11. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during this is a public forum – quite different to SMS

12. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during tweets might facilitate the group contributing esp in large groups

13. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010during the tweets could be amalgamated later and changed into a FAQ type article

The Rest….

1. Sophie Vaughan sophiebro1

Good potential for inter-student discussion #icicte2010twitter about 2 hours ago via web
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2. Melinda Grose xoxlol144

#ICICTE2010twitter – it would be interesting to compare comments participants might make at a presentation during with those one hour later about 2 hours ago via web
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3. Lou ICICTEpaparazzi

going on duty again… #ICICTE2010twitter about 2 hours ago via web
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4. Melinda Grose xoxlol144

#ICICTE2010twitter – need to set some ground rules on how to use twitter during a lecture or presentation – no inappropriate comments etc about 2 hours ago via web
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5. Sophie Vaughan sophiebro1

Instant feedback from students e.g. any queries – could then provide links to further explain your answer (tweesponse!) #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via web
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6. Sophie Vaughan sophiebro1

Twitter after class: Potential use for detemining your students view of the take home message from your lecture. #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via web
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7. Jonathan Round jround999

#icicte2010twitter making comments about the presenter could be difficult to allow concentraition on the topic about 3 hours ago via web
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8. Marilena Aspioti MarilenaAsp

our group is looking into twitter during class #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
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9. Marilena Aspioti MarilenaAsp

brainstorming on using twitter in pedagogical contexts #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
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10. Cabsta Uk cabstauk1

Struggling to get it to work as well ….RT @Long_P123: trying to get twitter to work on mobile at #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via Snaptu.com
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11. Cabsta Uk cabstauk1

RT @Long_P123: trying to get twitter to work on mobile at #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via Snaptu.com
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12. Lou ICICTEpaparazzi

Check out photos from the past three days of the conference: http://bit.ly/ak2DZg #ICICTE2010twitter about 3 hours ago via web
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13. Jonathan Round jround999

http://bit.ly/beP8Be #icicte2010twitter cool video on emotional recognition by computer. is this the future? lots of peeps rude to kiwis about 3 hours ago via web
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14. Polly Long Long_P123

trying to get twitter to work on mobile at #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via web
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15. Jonathan Round jround999

why is no one talking to each other – are we too tech focussed? #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via web
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16. Marilena Aspioti MarilenaAsp

shame that #icicte2010 is coming to an end #icicte2010twitter great conference about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
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17. Sophie Vaughan sophiebro1

http://bit.ly/cjmjuu Short URL for Jack Johnson twitter page #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via web
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18. Testy ICICTE ICICTETesty

#ICICTE2010twitter – a lot of advertising ‘noise’ on twitter, as elsewhere… about 3 hours ago via web
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19. Cabsta Uk cabstauk1

#icicte2010twitter can’t use full twitter features on mobile about 3 hours ago via mobile web
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20. Marilena Aspioti MarilenaAsp

Academic Earth – free video lectures / courses from leading universities http://bit.ly/u4VtP #icicte2010twitter

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# Lou ICICTEpaparazzi

#ICICTE2010twitter Temporarily off-duty conference photographer enjoying Twitter workshop! about 3 hours ago via web

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# Cabsta Uk cabstauk1

icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via mobile web

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# Testy ICICTE ICICTETesty

#ICICTE2010twitter – the hash key is alt-3 on macs about 3 hours ago via web

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# Melinda Grose xoxlol144

Hey world … great thing about #ICICTE2010twitter is learning to tweet! about 3 hours ago via web

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# Jonathan Round jround999

this is a proper workshop. actually learning how to do something #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via web

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# Marilena Aspioti MarilenaAsp

@roseluckin really enjoyed your keynote #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck

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# Cabsta Uk cabstauk1

#ICICTE2010twitter……..hello? Hello? Anyone there? about 3 hours ago via web

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# Rose luckin roseluckin

ISILBOY #icicte2010twitter RT @aelloway: V. useful link Podcasting as an Educational Tool http://bit.ly/aHi9jN #edtech about 3 hours ago via web

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# Testy ICICTE ICICTETesty

#ICICTE2010twitter – Apple Macs don’t have a hash key! about 3 hours ago via web

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# Marilena Aspioti MarilenaAsp

@jround999 Great to see you online , stay in touch #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck

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# Rose luckin roseluckin

#icicte2010twitter was tweeting in private and wondering why nothing appeared, maybe this will?! about 3 hours ago via web

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# Marilena Aspioti MarilenaAsp

Hi all – tweet away 🙂 #icicte2010twitter about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck

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