Using Twitter to Take/Post/Save Conference Notes

As per my previous post, I used Twitter to take and post notes from the March 24, 2010 ABE/ELL conference held in Madison, WI. These notes can be easily accessed by logging into Twitter and clicking in the search box in the sidebar. Type in #WIabe/ell and click on the search icon (picture of magnifying glass on the right side of the search box). That’s all there is to it! You should have a complete list of all my conference notes. Now, remember, in order to start at the beginning of the conference notes, you’ll have to scroll all the way down to the first tweet with the #WIabe/ell hash tag. Keep scrolling until you can scroll no more. Let me know if you have any questions about the notes.

One more thing about using Twitter for taking/sharing conference notes…It was exceedingly easy. Of course, I had to stay within the 140 characters including the hash tag. But, each tweet was one point or idea, no more, no less. Occasionally the point included a link, but Twitter makes links live automatically once you click on the tweet button to submit your tweet. To add the hash tag, I typed it once and used Control C to copy it, then Control V to paste it in each of the following tweets. That was all there was to it. Not only was I able to “share the conference” with those interested, I was able to save a permanent record of my notes in the clouds. How? Once I had searched for the #WIabe/ell tweets, I was able to save them (my search results) for as long as I wanted it by clicking on +Save this search at the top of the Results page. It then became and will remain accessible under the search box as a link. It couldn’t have been much easier than that!

Encourage your students to take notes in their classes with Twitter. They can then share them with their classmates by inventing a hash tag. (Use http://hashtag.org to come up with a unique hash tag to avoid confusion.) Students can even share them with you or their other instructors allowing instructors to check students’ notes for accuracy and comprehension. Consider giving extra credit to students who tweet certain or specific information.  This could even become a note taking game to encourage students to take notes and to focus on what is being said.

There are so many valuable uses for Twitter, the most powerful tool on the web.  Let’s see what other uses you and your students can come up with!

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