We're going to be using a micro mobile social networking application called Twitter whilst we're revising for GCSE History. As with the blogs, I'd like everyone to try it and then decide whether or not to use it once you know how it works! :-)

You're going to be part of a Becta/Historical Association project into mobile learning. Here's a quick overview of Twitter that I've blogged about before:

Understand? Good! Here's what to do:

1.Open a new window/tab and go to

2.You want the big green button that says Get Started - Join!

3.Sign up in the same way as you would with pretty much anything on the Internet. Give yourself a sensible username. I'm going to need to know who you are when you contact me! For example, something like fbloggs or fredb if your name is Fred Bloggs...

4. Once you've got yourself signed-up and logged in, you need to configure Twitter. Your screen should look similar to the one below. Click on Settings in the top right-hand corner:

Follow the next set of instructions carefully!

5.The first screen that comes up is your Account settings:

  • Set your Time Zone to (GMT) Londonl
  • In the box next to More Info URL put the address of your blog - the one that starts
  • Finally and most importantly for this section, put a tick in the box that says 'Protect my updates'.
Once you've done this, press the Save button.

6.Click on the Phone & IM tab. This is where we configure mobile updates - but don't worry, people just see your username, not your phone number!

Below is an example (using a made-up phone number) of what you should do:

Once you press the Save button, you should see something like this:

You just need to text that code to the number given (+447624801423) and you will have Twitter set up for mobile updates. This means you can send messages asking for help whilst your revising without having to get up and email people!

Mr Belshaw will also be able to remind you about revising, deadlines, etc. ;-)

7.Next, click on the Notices tab:

Make your screen look the same as the one above and press the Save button.

8.Click on the Picture tab. You know what to do here - find an appropriate picture to represent you:

Press the Save button when you're done.

9.Click on the Design tab and make your Twitter page individual:

10.Finally, and very importantly, you need to add Mr Belshaw (also known as 'Following'). Because we're being careful as we're in an education setting, you'll need to request to follow Mr Belshaw. Go to

11. Anything you put on Twitter is visible to everyone who 'follows' you, unless you put something like:

             d mrbhistory Hi Mr Belshaw!

In this case only Mr Belshaw would get a message saying "Hi Mr Belshaw" and it would say who sent it. This is known as a 'direct message' and may be useful if you've got a revision question specific to you.

Of course, you can also add other people in your class. Any abuses of this system will, of course, involve school sanctions being applied.