Moodle, Social Networks

Embedable tweets

One of the new features Twitter rolled out as part of the recent redesign is the ability to embed tweets in other sites, much like a YouTube video. In the past, if you wanted to embed a specific tweet in a site you had to use a third party plugin. For this WordPress blog, for […]

My Masters, Social Networks, Teaching & Learning

The role of Twitter in Personal Learning Networks

My Masters thesis (the full title is The Twitter experience : the role of Twitter in the formation and maintenance of personal learning networks) is now public in the DSpace archives at Royal Roads University. Here is the abstract: This qualitative phenomenological study involving in-depth interviews with seven educators in K-12 and higher education examines […]

EdTech, Social Networks

3 research studies on potential advantages of using Twitter in the classroom

Three academic studies are cited in this article about Twitter, and how it can increase student engagement, enhance social presence, and help develop peer support models among students through the formation of personal learning networks. Amplify’d from A small but impressive study of students at Lockhaven University in Pennsylvania found that those who used […]

My Masters, Social Networks

An Amazing Story of Openness

More reading for my thesis lit review has uncovered a story that would fit nicely into Alan Levine’s growing collection of Amazing Stories of Openness; “personal stories that would not have been previously possible, enabled by open licensed materials and personal networks.” This one involves Twitter, and comes from a research paper called How and […]

EdTech, Social Networks

#gr8t Tweet

For the month of March, educators who use Twitter are being encouraged to share their favorite tweet of the day by retweeting it with the tag #gr8t. The criteria for what you tag as #gr8t is personal. Share whatever you find relevant, insightful, interesting, humorous or useful. I like this idea, essentially creating a kind […]


Using EdTech tools – where to start?

217 educational technologists and learning professionals from around the world are currently collaboratively to create a list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2008. This list has been compiled for the past few years by the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, and is a good jumping off point if you have been […]


3 months of Twitter

I was about to add my name to Alan Levine’s Twitter Life Cycle when I realized I have been using Twitter for 3 months now. Has it really been 3 months since I hopped on board the Twitter train? Wow. Time flies when you are having fun. And Twitter is fun. But beyond fun, in […]