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Twitter in Education

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There have been numerous blog posts on

10 of the best of ….

and

50 ways to use ….

So I’ve decided to take a little bit of a different slant on things and produce a video of a slide montage on how twitter is used in all levels of education in Ireland.

I’ve also compiled a Prezi with some more information on Twitter containing a series of tutorial videos on how Twitter can be used in your teaching

http://prezi.com/hf9e3j08gfsm/twitter-in-he/

As with all of the materials available on this blog they are released under Creative Commons  (CC by SA)

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Embedding a twitter hashtag feed into your moodle site

Trying to get students to participate in moodle discussion forums can drive you up the wall.

There are a variety of  techniques that you can use to encourage engagement in the forums but this post may provide an easier solution. There is an old saying (unfortunately I don’t know where it came from, “if you want to catch a fish, go where the fish are”. In this context I interpret that as if you want to get students talking to one another about your subject – go to where they talk. The most obvious place for todays students is through social media. This short video shows you how to embed a hashtag from twitter into your moodle page. So when they talk on twitter about your subject, using the hashtag that you provide, all of their comments on twitter are fed through into your moodle course

In this video you will see the twitter feed being placed as a HTML block on the side of the course. You can also insert the feed as a “label” in a section on the course – the choice is yours

A brief guide to ScreenR.com – the web based screencasting tool

ScreenR is a web based screencasting tool that makes it very easy to create and share screencasts

You must have an account to record and publish a screencast but you can sign into an account through Facebook, Twitter, Google, Windows Live or LinkedIn. Alternatively you can just create a “ScreenR” account

This video gives you a very quick overview of screenR

with a more comprehensive walk through available in the video at the bottom of this post

The good points

  • It’s free
  • it’s easy to use
  • it’s web based so its accessible from everywhere with the internet
  • you can download your video or export it to youtube

The bad points

  • you are limited to five minutes
  • zooming in and out during recording is not possible
  • How to create a mathcast with a tablet, MS OneNote and Screenr (2mins)

http://www.screenr.com/4AA created using Screenr and a tablet

  • Compound Interest Example (3mins)

http://elearn.itcarlow.ie/FM/CEx1/player.html created using Screenr, a tablet and Articulate Studio