Crowdsourced Twitter Video Guides
Mar06

Crowdsourced Twitter Video Guides

One of my Twitter PLN, Australian languages teacher Jess McCulloch has crowd-sourced an excellent guide to using Twitter. Jess drew on her own Twitter PLN and asked them to record short videos to explain different aspects of Twitter to a new user. You can view the videos here: http://stepintoasia.wikispaces.com/Twitter My own guide was on choosing a suitable Twitter username: It was put together for a course Jess was running, but I...

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Hosting #ASECHAT on 5th December
Dec01

Hosting #ASECHAT on 5th December

#asechat is a weekly online science education discussion group on Twitter which takes place on Monday evenings from 8.00-9.00pm (UK time). Everyone is welcome. The target audience includes science teachers from primary and secondary schools and further education, laboratory technicians, trainee teachers, teacher educators and anyone else with an interest in science education. Science educators from outside the UK are very welcome too....

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Things I’ve Been Reading Recently (Aug 2011)
Aug31

Things I’ve Been Reading Recently (Aug 2011)

A short post to collect a few things I’ve read recently and linked via Twitter, but worth reposting to the blog too. Go check them out Thoughts on writing a social media policy in schools by @simfin The Myth of the Digital Native by @merlinjohn Blooms Taxonomy for iPad Apps by @Langwitches All I need to know about Twitter I learned at kindergarten by @timbuckteeth A complete guide to web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus...

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TwHistory – historical tweeting
Aug10

TwHistory – historical tweeting

There have been several great time shifted (in real time) twitter feeds like British War Cabinet or the Apollo Moon Landings (from a few years ago). Or even Such Tweet Sorrow which recreated Romeo and Juliet in tweets. Also not forgetting Gunpowder Tweeting and Plot. TwHistory provides another platform to do this. Students or volunteers pick a well-documented historical event. They pick real historical figures who were at that event,...

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10 things that caught my eye last month
Jul01

10 things that caught my eye last month

Here are a few things that caught my eye on Twitter and the various blogs I’ve been following, that I haven’t had time to write about separately. Digital learning tools from Eduweb (via @ourClassroomCDN) Cool Graphing Calculator (via @TechRav) You Want iPads For Your School … But Is That Enough? – iPads in Education (Via @Langwitches) A quick guide to using Twitter for Educators (via @creativeedu) Technology...

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Ten Twitter Tips for Teachers
May22

Ten Twitter Tips for Teachers

I’m a massive fan of Twitter. I have personally found it to be the best source of new ideas and tips out there, and it’s free! It can take time to build up a decent sized network, but once you follow enough people then you begin to see the benefits. I’ve written a short guide to Twitter for Teachers before, but I’ve updated some of the ideas and added a few more things that you can do to make your Twitter...

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Create fake Twitter updates with Twister
Mar27

Create fake Twitter updates with Twister

Russel Tarr‘s Classtools.Net website is already a firm favourite on my training courses because of the great Countdown timer and random name picker tools. And if you haven’t already seen them, where have you been? He’s now created a fake tweet generator called Twister which lets you create fictional “status updates” that can then be screen captured or printed for display work. It has similar uses in the...

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Fake Facebook Pages
Feb11

Fake Facebook Pages

Here’s an idea from Glenn over at History Tech Blog for creating fake Facebook walls or Twitter conversations. For the fake Facebook you could use a website called My Fake Wall which is quite fun, but has a lot of adverts all over it. Click on the different areas and add the information required. It’s pretty straightforward. As an alternative Glenn recommends this Fake Facebook powerpoint template and also this rubric to...

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Gunpowder, Tweeting and Plot
Nov01

Gunpowder, Tweeting and Plot

A quick mention for a great Twitter project being led by Chris Leach, a primary school teacher in Northants. His class, along with other local schools, will be tweeting as the main characters in the Gunpowder Plot – leading up to the attempt to blow up Parliament on 5th November 1605. Characters include: Robert Catesby, Thomas Percy, Thomas Wintour, John Wright, Christopher Wright and Ambrose Rookwood, as well as the Earl of...

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Online Spaces and Codes of Conduct
May26

Online Spaces and Codes of Conduct

Following on from my blog post about the teacher who got in trouble for twittering, I’ve had a little bit of time to think about some of the implications of this. I was also given this link to the same story as reported in the Daily Telegraph which makes things sound a little worse. My first response is that this story would never have hit the media were it not for the mention of Twitter, which seems to be the tech buzzword of...

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Twittering Teacher in Trouble
May23

Twittering Teacher in Trouble

I was half way through delivering a course on how to use Web 2.0 in the classroom when I saw a headline on the BBC news website that stopped me in my tracks for a second: Probe into Teacher Twitter Posts. I was gobsmacked when I read it. Now I will agree that a teacher does need to realise that their twitter feed can be read by more than just their close group of friends (unless you protect your updates I guess) and so as such...

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Hubble and Shuttle Images
May20

Hubble and Shuttle Images

Here’s a couple of quick links to put a little awe and wonder onto your Interactive Whiteboard (or just your computer screen in general) As a space geek I am always a sucker for the images that the Hubble Space Telescope takes of deep space. They are absolutely awesome. And with the current Space Shuttle mission to upgrade Hubble taking place, this is a great time to bring a little newsworth science into the classroom. One of my...

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