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JISC Winter Fayre: Festive Tweets Material

A couple of weeks ago we held our postponed JISC Winter Fayre (regional showcase of the best of local practice and the JISCy goodness). Below are my slides and a recording of the Livestream accenttally deleted it - no undo, no backup :(

It was the first time I had used Livestream to broadcast what I was doing. I think it worked reasonably well apart from when I forgot to pause a video being played in the browser, hence the double audio. I also need to invest in a better mic. The cheap bluetooth headset I used wasn’t great


eAssessment Scotland 2010: Twitter workshop reflections

Last Friday I ran a Twitter workshop as part of ‘eAssessment Scotland 2010: Marking the decade’. In the programme I described the session as:

What’s happening? Twitter for Assessment, Feedback and Communication

Twitter is a social networking site which continues to divide personal opinion. Some believe that the micro-blogging service is just an opportunity celebrities to boost their ego with millions of followers or just full of people ‘tweeting’ what they had for lunch. Whilst some users do use Twitter for this purpose a number of academics are now discovering that Twitter has the potential to support teaching and learning, providing a means to enable students to discuss and share within their personal learning network. Before you dismiss Twitter there are some basics worth considering: the service is free to register, status updates can be made from the most basic mobile phone, and users can monitor conversations through multiple means including, for some users, sending free SMS updates.

This workshop uses some of the features of Twitter highlighted above to let participants experience and use this service as a free electronic voting system (EVS), for classroom administration (assessment notification/reminders) and to monitor real-time student evaluation. As this technology is relatively new the workshop will begin with an overview of basic Twitter interaction making it suitable for novice and expert users.

I was perhaps too ambitious to include ‘novice’ users and it would have been better if I either focused on beginners or intermediate/advance users. The workshop I delivered was probably more beneficial for the later, but hopefully novice users were tantalised by the utility of twitter.

During the workshop I really missed having Timo Elliott’s PowerPoint AutoTweet tool (which is broken because of authentication changes at Twitter). This would have been really useful to send out links during the presentation (this example shows how I used it for another presentation).

As a number of participants had only just created Twitter accounts the week before it looks like Twitter quarantines their tweets preventing them from appearing in search results (I guess they wait until you hit some threshold in terms of following/followers/tweets to make sure the account isn’t being used from spam).

In the sides you’ll noticed I’ve revived the Twitter voting tool (TwEVS). Previously this solution relied on using Yahoo Pipes to manipulate results from Twitter, which meant graphs didn’t always have the latest results because of caching. To get around this I’ve created a script which can be run from a webserver. Here is the new TwEVS interface (you can also download the code).

Presentation: Twitter for in-class voting and more for ESTICT SIG

Today I presented some of my work on twitter voting to the Engaging Students Through In-Class Technology (ESTICT) special interest group. This group “is a UK network of education practitioners and learning technologists interested in promoting good practice with classroom technologies that can enhance face-to-face teaching.”

I used this slot as an opportunity to try out some some presentation techniques. The first was using Timo Elliott’s PowerPoint auto-tweet plugin which allows you to automatically tweet notes as you work through the slide deck. The plan was that this would provide ready made links and snippets for re-tweeting, favouring or just copying into a users personal notes. I also did this to generate information to twitter subtitle my presentation. An unforeseen benefit was that the tweets provided a stimulus for further discussion after the presentation.

The other technique I picked up from was from a presentation by Tony Hirst in which he included links to secondary resources by only displaying the end of a shortened url. This is demonstrated in the presentation (with twitter subtitles of course ;-) (the link also contains a recipe for lecture capture enhancement):

ESTiCT Presentation link

JISC Winter Fayre: Voting and Google Wave Presentations

Things have been quite on the blogging front as we dug out the tinsel to celebrate all things JISC at our Winter Fayre. We managed to squeeze almost 30 different keynotes, workshops and sessions into the day, including two by yours truly.

I had the honour of presenting a short overview of electronic voting present and future in ‘Ask the Audience’ and an opportunity to showcase, what has become a highly honed, Google Wave intro and overview.

I’ve attached both PowerPoints I used below which you are free to pick over and reuse if you like. Just to remind our supported institutions I am available for weddings, birthdays and staff development events (if you are not supported directly by us we are open to offers particularly if they require going to warmer climes ;)

[Both these presentations embed Flash into PowerPoint. To view when prompted you need to enable the content]

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Ask The Audience *.ppt (3Mb)
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Google Wave 101 *.ppt (1.4Mb)

TwEVS – Presentation (using twitter for electronic voting)

Yesterday I presented TwEVS to the e-Learning Alliance FE/HE SIG held at University of St. Andrews. My presentation (including audio) is below:

The day included presentations on remote teaching using video conferencing, electronic voting systems and an introduction to twitter, so finishing on TwEVS seemed to round the day off nicely.

When I get a chance I would like to post some reflections on the other presentations …

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