Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates (usually less than 200 characters) and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. This hands-on session will introduce various micro-blogging tools, including Twitter, Jaiku, and Tumblr and discuss pedagogical possibilities of integrating these technologies in the learning environment.

Session Objectives:

  • Define micro-blogging
  • Compare blogging to micro-blogging
  • Explore popular micro-blogging tools Twitter and Tumblr
  • Discuss pedagogical possibilities and pitfalls of microblogs
  • Share recommendations for best practices

Definitions:

Examples:

Benefits:

  • Speed
  • Mobility
  • Sociability
  • Syndication
  • Aggregation

Steps to Getting Started:

  1. Create a free account
  2. Start posting updates
  3. Follow your friends and colleagues

Recommendations:

  • Consider what you will and won't post
  • Keep posted URLs short - use TinyURL.com
  • Build your followers list, but only receive notifications from those most
  • Show @replies for the people you follow
  • Create separate Twitter account for teaching purposes

Uses:

  • Group collaborations and status updates
  • Class announcements delivered online and via sms
  • In-field activities and updates
  • Brainstorming
  • Notetaking

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