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Thoughts on Emerging Media and Higher Education

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By: James

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 07:32:04 +0000

Bonnie I stumbled on your answer...wish I used gmail instead of hotmail...

By: Bonni Stachowiak

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 15:49:21 +0000

Thank you for this great post. I am working on implementing your approach to Twitter integration in my classes and have run across a stumbling block. I set up the first Twitter account for my first class successfully and was moving on to the second one. I get the error that my email address has already been taken. I have multiple Twitter accounts already (@bonni208, @innovatelrng, and, but each of those is associated with a different email address. When it comes to teaching, I want everything to go to the email I use at the university where I teach. I didn't see any ideas for how to overcome this and would love to know if there is something I'm missing, or if I should just get creative and maybe set up different gmail accounts for each class or something...

By: medea

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 03:48:58 +0000

I´m teaching an undergraduate course on emerging media in Colombia, and I have set up twitter with the students. We are using it only online, no cell phone twittering since some students don´t have cellphones, or their cellphones are truly basic, nevertheless it has worked out for us, notices about class schedules, interesting websites, recommendations and questions about assignments are daily topics on twitter. I did create a separate account and they wrote their profile names on the board and everyone proceeded to add everyone else.

By: Jeffrey Kahn

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 13:49:20 +0000

Any suggestions on how to work twitter when you are teaching two different classes in one semester? It sounds like with this method, each class would get all updates even it was meant for only one of the classes.

By: Ryan Collins

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 16:06:53 +0000

Twitter makes this even easier for you, you don't have to have the accounts setup ahead of time. The students only have to send "follow eng205z" to 40404 and they'll automatically start following the class name. I think it also allows them to setup their Twitter account too.

By: dave

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 21:35:33 +0000

Alex, I prefer twitter for its integration with the cell phone. For me, this is sort of the kill feature/important part of Twitter, that it works through SMS messaging. Now granted I haven't used some of the other tools as much, so they might have gotten better with cell phone integration (some don't even offer it). But I am not married to twitter by any means, indeed I look forward to someone building a stable, reliable version of twitter.

By: Alex Reid

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 18:17:55 +0000

Thanks for the info Dave. I'm curious as to your thoughts about different microblogging tools. Why twitter over pownce for example? Assuming Jaiku comes out of invite only at some point, perhaps the channels feature might work as a different way of doing this.

By: Brian Croxall

Tue, 27 May 2008 17:23:14 +0000

Insightful instructions as always. I'm going to be using Twitter in a series of comp classes I'm teaching this fall on the subject of "Your Digital Life," but I hadn't yet thought of how I would get everyone tracking each other. This is a much simpler strategy than the Google Doc I would have probably gone with.

By: Amy Cavender, CSC

Thu, 22 May 2008 17:24:12 +0000

Thanks for a really useful post. I've learned quite a lot from your blog (including the joys of Devonthink!). Maybe I missed them in the sites you linked to, but two good mobile apps for Twitter are TwitterBerry and jTwitter. They're both pretty intuitive, and they're handy for odd ducks like me who have a data plan but no text messaging package for the cell phone.

By: Mark Crane

Thu, 22 May 2008 16:41:39 +0000

I wish I had read this yesterday before I emailed my students and told them "Hey, check out twitter and follow me." Duh! I cancelled that experiment but will attempt it anew in the Fall with a dedicated twitter account. I realized I don't really want my students to read the stream of sinus headache updates and fart jokes that my twitter stream has become.