I’ve been using Twitter more and more the past few months, picking up great ideas from other teachers and bloggers. Now I’m considering applications of it with my students. It would make a nice back-channel communication method for students who would like to comment on something without resorting to email. By creating hashtags for my courses, we can all have running conversations on a variety of topics. To encourage that, I’ve embedded a Twitter feed into my courses’ Moodle pages:
Now they can see the tweets my “fractad” feed is getting, as well as send a quick tweet directly to me.
Here are the steps involved in making your very own Twitter feed you can embed in your Moodle, Haiku, or Blackboard page:
1. Go to your Twitter Home page, and click on the gear icon at the top right.
2. Choose “Settings”.
3. In the menu on the left, choose “Widgets”
4. Click the “Create New” button, and select the various settings for your widget.
5. Click the “Create Widget” button, and copy the html code that will appear. Use this code to embed the widget into your LMS page.
One thing that’s very cool – you can create a Twitter feed for any Twitter user. If your school has an account, you can embed that feed into your page. Or, you might want to embed the feed of a professional organization you follow (NCTM, in my case).
If you’re relatively new to Twitter, and you aren’t sure who or what to follow, here’s a list of people and organizations that I’ve found to be very useful:
Math & Science:
@lostinrecursion (Paul Salomon) @rmbyrne (Richard Byrne)
@MT_at_NCTM (NCTM Mathematics Teacher) @Mathalicious
@fnoschese (Frank Noschese, science) @ddmeyer (Dan Meyer, math)
@desmos @mrbarlow (science)
@ASCD @KindleTeacher (Meg Griswold, English)
@edutopia @kindleworld (Andrys Basten – lots of Kindle tips)
@PatBassett (Former NAIS president)
(Chrome users: don’t forget to install the Notifier for Twitter app!)
Update: I just showed my calculus students the feed on their Moodle page, and they were incredibly excited. I’m already getting lots of interaction with them!