I’m not sure how new this is, but it’s certainly new to me. I just went to my Twitter profile and saw a message saying Embed Your Timeline In Your Website. I clicked on it and it took me to my settings under widgets. After one click I got the code for a widget, which I have put on my sidebar and shows my timeline. Is this brand new, or have I just missed it earlier?
Beginning today, Monday, we’re trying an experiment with our book on Twitter. Each day for the next thirty days I’ll be sending out tweets with two different key sentences from our book using the hashtag #eslsg (“ESL Survival Guide”). If you’re on Twitter and not already following me, you can find me at @Larryferlazzo. Feel free to respond to those sentences with questions or comments, too, using that same hashtag.
For readers who are not on Twitter, I’ll be compiling the quotations each week and posting them here. I’ll also be including Twitter questions or comments — and our responses to them — in those weekly summaries. Readers should feel free to leave comments on those summaries, too, and Katie and I will be responding to them.
We’ll see how it goes….
By the way, our editor is hopeful that all the downloadable resources will be posted on our book’s website by early this week, and they will be available to anyone — whether you purchase the book or not. They may be a bit unclear, though, if you’re not looking at them in the context of the book’s narrative.
I’ve mentioned Storify on this blog in passing as an easy way to display “tweets.” In fact, I did just that in my post, Using Storify For “Poverty Matters When…”, when I displayed multiple tweets that began with that phrase. I had thought its use was pretty limited.
Yesterday, though, Storify announced some major changes, and its now one of the easiest tools to use to create a multimedia digital story. You can search the web for just about anything, including images, tweets, webpages, photos and videos, and use their “drag-and-drop” interface to add your own text and create a story (or a collection of labeled images, or just about anything). It’s really become quite versatile, and it would be difficult to find a tool that’s easier to use. You can also read this post from Read Write Web sharing other uses for the tool.
“What’s Up” is a fascinating tool that lets you easily explore the most popular subjects on Twitter for any day or for any hour of that day. The Information Aesthetics blog has more information about the site.
Twijector displays tweets using a particular hashtag on an attractive screen that can be displayed at conferences. It can also be used by people who just want to view tweets using a hashtag, like in one of the many educational chats.
With Twtrland, all you have to do is type in a Twitter username and you get back a pretty neat profile of the person, their tweets, how many times they’ve been retweeted, and a bunch of other info attractively displayed.
As most teachers who have students writing blogs know, kids get very excited when people leave comments on their posts. Of course, we all appreciate it when people respond to our writing, and nothing beats having an authentic audience.
Today, I learned through Paula Naugle, a teacher in New Orleans, about the ability to solicit comments on student blogs through Twitter by using the hashtag #comments4kids. She relates in her blog post that her students received over 1,500 comments this year. And she told me separately that 70% of them were generated through use of that hashtag.
I think that’s amazing. The hashtag idea is brilliant, and I’d love to give credit to whomever came up with the idea. Let me know if you know who did.
(Paula writes that “The creator of the #comment4kids hashtag is William Chamberlain. There are teachers and student bloggers all over the world who are so thankful to Will for this innovative idea.”)
I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”
Today, I’d like to share about a site called “What The Trend.” It monitors thousands of “hashtags,” the words following the “#” sign, on Twitter. They are used to help Twitter users follow all tweets on a particular topic. What The Trend will help you understand what particular hashtags mean, which are the most popular at any given moment, and which are popular in what country. It actually looks pretty interesting.
Before I began my “hot spot interviews” ESL/EFL teachers around the world, I thought it would be helpful to see both my Facebook Friends and Twitter Followers on a map. The Facebook sites were particularly helpful. The problem with the Twitter tools was that I could not find any that would show all followers at the same time — they’d only show a limited number at once. But that information was useful, just slightly less convenient.
Here are my choices for The Best Ways To Make A Map Showing Your Facebook Friends (& Twitter Followers):
I’ve previously posted about Tripline, which is an excellent application that students can use for making maps of field trips, historical events, etc.They’ve now just announced new tools that let you create maps of your Facebook friends. They not only do they let you make maps of where your friends live, but you can also make maps of their most recent “check-ins” and where they grew up.You can read all about it at Tripline.