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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Twitter Shutters Vine – Instagram Videos Are Better, Anyway – Especially For Education



Twitter announced the shutdown of their video app, Vine, today (see Whither Vine? from The Atlantic).

Vine’s six-second “stop-action” looping videos were innovative at first, and I used them regularly in the classroom. However, then Instagram added a similar, but longer (initially by a few seconds, and now by a minute) feature that allowed the stop-action ability and, for school-purposes, at least, I never looked back.

You can see lots of examples at The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps “Vine” & Instagram.

September 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Twitter Now Lets Everybody Create “Moments” – I’m Not That Impressed

“Moments” is a feature that Twitter unveiled last year where they highlighted a series of tweets about an event or topic.

They have now opened it up to everybody, so it’s easy to create and share your own “Moments.”

TechCrunch has written about it, and I’ve embedded a video below from Twitter explaining how to make them. In addition, I’ve embedded a “test” Moment that I made in a minute or two.

I was not impressed with Twitter’s “Moments,” and I have to say the same about these “personal” Moments, too.

As I was making mine, I was disappointed to see that a number of tweets with photos were not recognized by the Moments tool. And my biggest disappointment was that it only lets you go down someone’s timeline (for example, mine) a very short number of tweets before it just stops. Once it stops, it does not appear you can choose any additional tweets from that person’s timelines. And the entire tweet isn’t shown.

As regular readers know, I publish a regular “Best Tweets of the Week” series and have been using Storify to create them.

I had thought that, perhaps, Moments might function as a replacement for Storify. However, that’s not going to happen until Twitter makes a lot of improvements to Moments, and I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one….

September 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

If You Teach ELLs, & You’re On Twitter, Let Me Know & I’ll Add You To An “ELL Teacher List”



I’ve just created a public Twitter list of ELL/ESL/ELT teachers.

Send a tweet to me letting me know you’re an ELL teacher, or leave a comment on this post, and I’ll add you to the list!

Perhaps a resource like this already exists but, if so, I’m not aware of it.

September 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Twitter Makes Some Changes, But Not Two Of The Most Important Ones


Twitter announced some changes today – basically, photos and videos won’t count against its 140 character count (see Twitter’s new, ‘simpler’ rules for character counts in tweets go live).

Unfortunately, though, links DO still count against that limit, and that’s too bad.

In addition, they didn’t include what I would bet is one of the most requested changes – the ability to edit your tweets.

Here’s a video from Twitter explaining the new changes:

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

March 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three Useful Videos Celebrating Twitter’s Tenth Anniversary Today


It’s Twitter’s 10th Anniversary today!

Here are three short and useful videos celebrating the day, and they include useful info about Twitter.

In addition, you might be interested in my post, Here Is Who I Recommend You Follow On Twitter.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

December 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Twitter Releases “The Year On Twitter 2015”


Twitter’s year-in-review multimedia feature is always interesting, and they just released it for 2015.

Check out The Year On Twitter 2015.

I’ll certainly be including it in my annual round-up of “year-in-review” sites. You can see what those previous lists have looked like at The Best Year In Review Features — 2014.

April 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Twitter’s New “Retweet With Comment” Feature Is Pretty Cool…

Twitter has just launched a new “Retweet With Comment” feature that easily lets you use all of your characters now to comment on someone else’s tweet instead of trying to fit that tweet and all your comments into one.

It looks like this:


You can read all about it at TechCrunch, and find the instructions here at Twitter.

If you click the retweet button on a tweet that’s located on the Twitter mobile or web site, the new feature automatically pops up. However, if you use Tweetdeck on the Web, like I do, you’ll find that this new feature doesn’t work there — yet, at least. I hope that changes soon.

Another disappointment is that it doesn’t show up as a retweet with comment if you embed it. It will then only show your comment with a link to the original tweet. The tweet I showed earlier in this post is an image, not an embedded tweet.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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