Category: Future Learning

Twitter for Education?


Twitter is often found to be the forgotten social network when it comes to education. Whilst Facebook has been embraced by some educationalists, for its use of groups, many others have struggled to find the value in Twitter. Twitter is the social network of choice for sharp discussions and breaking news and opinion (limited to 140 characters). Unlike Facebook where interaction is limited to members of a group or friends, Twitter allows for interaction with anyone and everyone in a public space where new connections can be made daily. This of course presents challenges, created by openess and equality of view. However opportunities for Education can be found such as these suggestions made by a representative of Twitter at #Bett2015.

Education ideas from Twitter

Tweet pals – Students to connect with other students studying the same subject (much like pen pals)

Ask Questions – Create a hashtag (eg#JaneGclass) and students can tweet using this tag to have their questions display on the class timeline.

140 Summary – Ask students to tweet a 140 character summary of a book, poem, TV show, concept, idea etc.(quite a challenge)

Breaking News – Follow hastags to find out about a subject, especially developing stories.

Netiquette – There are rules of the internet and how to behave, explore this topic on twitter, following #netiquette.

Engage Parents – Some of our departments already have twitter accounts, why not encourage parents to follow and share updates of what’s going on in College and important announcements (eg: parents evening)

Exchange ideas – 40% of all twitter users don’t tweet, they listen. Listen to the views, ideas and tips from others. Follow useful accounts like @teachingideas for daily inspiration.




  • Author:Tom Andrew
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E-learning tool Review-

Blubbr – Triv – User View
Blubbr – Triv – Editor
Update: 2017 – This post is for archived use. The website and tool mentioned below no longer exists and thus can no longer be recommended. 

In this post I would like to share a tool I have recently discovered following a recommendation from my Jisc Regional support contact. is a tool designed to blend Youtube videos and a Quiz activity. The site uses a web based interface to allow any user to create quizzes by collecting together Youtube videos in what they call a “Triv”. The videos will automatically play when viewing a Triv and at set points will pause to ask the viewer a multiple choice question. The question is set by the creator along with the possible answers. Users have twenty seconds to make their choice, and points awarded if they answer correctly. The “Triv” awards more points the faster a viewer answers correctly. In each Triv a running leaderboard is kept and users are encouraged to share their score via social media.

I really like this activity format as it is very interactive and fun. In terms of accessibility (in reference to Salmon’s Five Stage Model) it is intuitive to user and takes cues from television quiz shows (like Who wants to be a millionaire) and quizzing apps. From an educational standpoint a good tool doesn’t make good learning, and that is very true here. Most of the Trivs already created are for fun, with titles like “Goal or no Goal”, “Which Radiohead song?” and “Disney Trivia”. However when used as a recap tool it can be effective. In my demonstration (above) I have attempted this, so encourage the viewer to pay attention to key details of the recipe. I can also see this resource being used by learners to create quizzes about a topic being studied. By designing a quiz the learners will have to ensure their questions are correct and source appropriate videos. This is essentially research knowledge and comprehension packaged together in a product (application).


  • Author:Tom Andrew
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