What is it?
Microblogging is a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates or media such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, digital audio or the web (source: Wikipedia).
Twitter and other microblogging sites are not typically used in the classroom however can be used to create professional connections between educators who wish to share resources, links and ideas.
What does it look like?
Please note: This
page is a teacher resource. Teachers are advised of the need to check the terms
and conditions, privacy, and age restrictions of digital resources before using
them with students. Teachers need to be aware of how and where their students’
information and content is used and shared by the digital technologies they
plan to use. Parental consent must be obtained to use a student’s personal
information to generate accounts and provide access to online services.
Non-identifiable information should be used by students working online.
How it works: Edmodo is a private social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments. Users can visit the Edmodo blog or wiki to find out more about the program.
Safety information: Edmodo is designed for use by teachers and students. Additional options are provided for teachers to manage groups of students. Each group has a public page but everything posted in groups has a private setting by default. This means only members of the group can view these posts. However teachers have the option to make individual posts public, should they choose to.
How it works: Twitter enables users to constantly share 'what they are doing now' with other users who are following their 'tweets'. Tweets may be used to share links and ideas. It is possible to connect with other users with similar interests, thus creating a community and a constant stream of new information.
Safety information: Twitter users may be searched and also located through lists created of followers in another users list. When new users begin to follow tweets, users are advised via email and given the option to follow in return. Some users are spam and users should be wary of other users who are following many but have few followers in return. Users may view the list of tweets another user has created to determine whether their tweets are appropriate and of interest before choosing to follow them back. It is important to choose a secure password (including upper and lower case and numbers) to avoid hacking attempts.