Managing Twitter Using TweetDeck: Video Tutorials

TweetDeck

Managing Twitter can be challenging, especially if you are using Twitter in teaching and learning environments. An application like TweetDeck can be very helpful!

I created  two short video tutorials on using TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a great tool that helps manage your Twitter account. It can also help you track individual hashtags or other accounts easily by using columns for individual items.

1. Using TweetDeck

2. Retweeting and commenting with TweetDeck 

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National Science Foundation Grant Awarded!

My colleague, Jen Rosato,  and I have won a three-year grant of nearly $1 million to help high school teachers effectively teach computer science. We are beginning to recruit teachers to participate. Please share and reach out to others if you know of someone who might be  interested. Some of our Minnesota partner schools have first priority but we do have room for other participants in other states.

There’s more here:http://1.usa.gov/1smoTVw

SLOAN-C Presentation Slides and Handouts

             Servant Leadership, Innovation and Collaboration: Faculty Development for a Nationally Ranked Online Program

Takkunen and Bergstrom

Please see the attached slideshare and handouts for our November 20th presentation at the SLOAN-C  conference.

PRESENTATION Handouts and Presentation

Engage Your Online Learners- Intentional Practice

This video presentation offers ideas for creating engaging online learning experiences. If you create the right conditions and are intentional in your practice, you can create amazing digital experiences for students.

*This video was created for a course as part of the Certificate in Online Instruction at CSS.edu.

Sharing Flickr Images via Twitter and Facebook

Finding and using images on photo sharing sites like Flickr can offer endless opportunities for educational purposes. See my previous post  for ideas and suggestions. Sharing images on social networks is a great way to have students view them. Here is a quick tutorial for finding and sharing images via Twitter and Facebook.

Hint: First create a Twitter account and/or  Facebook page or group that you can use for teaching.

1.  Go to Flickr. Search for images.

2. Notice the share options that are at the top of the image.

3.  To share on your facebook page, click the FB icon. Next, your share options will open. You can also write a message.

4.  When you are ready, click “Share Link”.

5. To share on Twitter, find your image. Next, click on the “Twitter icon”.

6. The following screen will pop up with the URL for the image already to share. You can add text to the twitter message if you wish. It is that easy!

Give it a try!

Flickr Fun for Education

Using a photo sharing site like Flickr can provide unlimited opportunities to integrate photos into teaching and learning. Whether you are teaching online or in traditional settings, having access to literally millions of images can provide creative opportunities for educational purposes. Here are a few ways that images and the site itself can be used.

1. Current Events: Images regarding current events can be shared for discussion.

For example, images from the recent floods in Thailand may offer compelling items for a current events lesson.

2. Writing prompts: Images can be used in writing for brainstorming or for writing prompts.

For example, what story might this image inspire?

3. Math: Images can be used to investigate geometric shapes. For example, you could use the following images to discuss angles.

4. History: What about finding images to spark historical inquiry? What questions might be generated from a few selected images?

The Globe Theater

5. Science: How can Flickr be used in science education? A post on Quest (from Northern California)  gives many ideas related to integrating images into science.

For example, images of the metamorphosis of a butterfly could viewed.

The possibilities for using images are endless. Virtual field trips, teacher and student presentations, and current events are just a few other ways to use images from photo sharing sites. Flickr also offers a “commons” area where photo downloads are free and all individuals can use them.  You can also access photos from NASA, the White House, and other libraries and government agencies.

Students can also upload their own photos to create portfolios or to demonstrate their own knowledge and understanding of a subject area or to share other important concepts.

Empower vs. Engage: Implementing 21st Century Skills for Student Achievement

A graduate student posted in an online technology/leadership class of mine recently, “Why are we still talking about trying to implement 21st Century Skills? We are IN the 21st century! When are we going to start making these changes??”  (First grade MN teacher)

Hmmmm…… this really got me thinking about how schools are doing in this regard. She is right! We are 10 years into the 21st century. Have things changed? Are schools focusing on 21st Century skills?

As we head in to 2010, I am pondering the overlap between several frameworks that address technology integration, student achievement, student engagement, and 21st century skills.

Several of these frameworks offer ways for educators to think about technology integration and learning.

1. ISTE standards for administrators, teachers, and students

2. LoTI (Levels of Teaching Innovation~ Formerly, Levels of Technology Implementation)

3. 21st. Century skills

Each framework supports very similar goals in terms of empowering students to use technology for learning. I have observed that there is a general push to “engage” students in learning. This is good practice and we know that research supports that when students are engaged there is a much stronger chance that we will grab and keep their attention. This will hopefully translate to improved student learning. However, EMPOWERING students is where I believe we have an even greater opportunity to really reach and support students to achieve their learning goals.

When students are empowered, they are asking the questions, doing the research, finding the sources, collaborating, communicating, working, solving, creating, analyzing, evaluating, and sharing. To really help our students be ready for the 21st Century, we need to look at what we can do to give students an opportunity to think deeply about concepts and to learn to learn. This is not easy work, but it is critical to helping students prepare for their future.

Other thoughts on the growing digital gap:

While technology use is not always needed to work on 21st Century skills, for many students schools may be the ONLY place that they have access to digital tools and the Internet.  The gap between the “haves and the have-nots” continues to grow. Those students who have access to technology at home or with mobile devices will continue to be able to practice and  become fluent with digital and ICT tools. Those that do not will continue to fall further behind. If this is true, how can we continue to teach without ensuring that all children have access to technology? If we do not, we become part of the problem and will leave many children unprepared.