Twitter for geography teachers and students

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Presentation from the Geographical Association Annual Conference at the University of Manchester on 13th April. A short presentation on the basics of Twitter and how it can be useful for Geography teachers both in and out of the classroom

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1. Twitter for Geography Teachers and StudentsJennifer.Watts@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk@jennywrenwatts 2. Some basics Social Networking and Micro-blogging service Users send Tweets up to 140 characters long. @ to reply# hashtag RT retweets Trending TopicsDM Direct Messages 3. A Communication ToolSource: Barrett (2008) 4. Personal Learning Network(PLN) Twitter as a tool to establish your ownPersonal Learning Network Teachers (from across the world), UniversityDepartments, the GA, the RGS, Publishers,Fieldwork Centres . Sharing information: links, ideas, resources Collaboration Interaction is the key! 5. Twitter Interaction 6. #geographyteacher 7. #geographyOther hashtags:#education#teachers#elearning#edchat#ukedchat#nqt#teachmeet#pgcetips hanbook edited by Timhandleyhttp://classroomtales.com/pgce-survival-guide-pgcetips/ 8. Gathering Information From main streammedia Real life responsesto events Searching twitter Media you werentaware of. 9. Making connections Ask hor help/advice/suggestions. Tell the world about your blog posts. A few of blogs discovered through twitter: Living Geography: www.livinggeography.blogspot.com Blogstronomy: www.blogstronomy.blogspot.com Views of the World: www.viewsoftheworld.net Geofactualidades: www.geofactualidades.blogspot.co.uk David Rogers: Geography,Teaching, Learning:www.davidrogers.blogspot.co.uk The Big Picture: www.boston.com/bigpicture Tony Cassidy: Teaching and Learning I think:www.tonycassidy.co.uk 10. Twitter and Students The use of the twitter will very muchdepend on school context. Make sure students area aware of thelanguage Have a set of behaviour guidelines. Make any accounts private so you cancontrol who follows you. 11. Gather live data with TwitterIn the classroom: Use twitter to ask questions to your followers Use twitter to engage in live conversations: British Antarctic Survey Use twitter to find real life opinions on different topics Set up a twitter to tweet about an event at certain times: a hypothetical earthquake or tsunami Use data from twitter: USGSOutside the classroom: Ask students to tweet observation/experiences/measurements/other data at different sites. These can be mapped later. 12. Share news and resources Set up a twitter account to tweet articles youwant students to look at. Ask students to tweet relevant articles theyhave read to share to others. 13. Social Network Toolkit 14. Geography tweeters tofollow@GeoBlogs @NoelJenkins @JohnSayers @kenny1973 @maxrayner@TonyCassidy @RHULGeography @HumanGeoMonster @McGeog @VictoriaOSulli1 @APHumanGeog @TheMapAddict @GeoSpeech @geogphil @NatGeo @Geospatialnews @geographile @josephkerski @simonrenshaw @worldmapper @RGS_IBG @OxfordEdGeog@richardallaway @Esri @The_GA @HoddrGeography @GAGeogger@bobdigby @JonWolton @profdavidharvey @annefgreaves @Geodebs @lucyoxley @BobLangGeog @victoriaellis @davidErogers@jo_blackmore @GeoVation @mark_howell101 @ValVannet @Liz_Smith @PrimaGeographer @MissionExplore @GeoCollective @RavenEllison@RobGeog @AngusWilson @real_earth @urbanphoto_blog @geoviews@ibgeography @NatGeoEducation @Shaf_Hansraj @geognews @SamGeoAtkins @geoplace @olivercarr @Geoelle @GeogWhiting@aknill @theAAG @jennywrenwattsFor a huge list of Geographers on Twitter see the isageographer list from Geographical Magazine Twitter @GeographicalMag 15. Tweeting Geographers at#gaconf12 16. Summary Twitter is a helpful tool to establish your ownPersonal Learning Network Interaction is the key Make new connections and uncover newsources of information Twitter can be used to help distributeinformation to students 17. For more information BETT (2010) Twit to woo: how to harness social media 8 Jan 2010, Available at:http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6032750 Barrett, T. (2008) Edudemic (2010) Ultimate Twitter Guidebook for Teachers. Availble at:http://edudemic.com/2010/06/the-ultimate-twitter-guidebook/ Guardian (20??) How Twitter will revolutionise academic research and teaching.Available at:http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2011/sep/12/twitter-revolut Twitter Handbook for Teachers:http://edudemic.com/2010/06/the-ultimate-twitter-guidebook/ Washington Post (2012) Teachers take to Twitter to improve craft andcommiserate. Available at:http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/teachers-take-to-twitter-to-improve-c Wilson (2012) Establishing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) through SocialMedia A teachers manual for the future of professional development. Availble at:http://www.pannage.com/now/pln-sm/ 18. Any Questions?Contact details:Jennifer.Watts@postgrad.manchester.ac.ukOr @jennywrenwatts