1. How has technology changed over the years for the education industry?
A1a The industrial age give us Schools and universities. Places to learn how to be useful in the workplace or how to be a good researcher/academic. But what about artists, artisans, crafters, or or people that doesn’t have access to this type education. #TwitterSmarter
A2b We move from the classroom to a factory or office. But then what… can we learn more, can we move easy from job to job, can we teach something we know easily. That was very hard in the past century.
A3c But guest what? Atari, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Linux, GNU, Nintendo, Sony, and other more. Rise to bring us a new era: The Digital Age!
A4d Software, devices, internet, Videogames, VR, AI, AR. Bring a new opportunity not only for economy but also, for education. Digital Age bring us the opportunity to learn easily and faster, and to teach whatever we want to teach.
A5e Have you see a Tutorial in internet in the last 48 hours and learn something cool or useful? Guest what, this wasn’t possible 30 years ago. Internet wasn’t there (for the public 😉 )
2. What is EdTech?
A2a EdTech stands for Educational technology. Basically is to use technology (Tools, recurses, practices, methodologies, media, devices) to improve and enhance the learning processes. #TwitterSmarter
A2b Edtech is not new, but is changing rapidly thanks to software, internet, mobile devices and online communities. Now education is cheaper and accessible for many around the globe. You can learn from Economy theory to how to cook Chinese food. #TwitterSmarter
A3c Here some examples of Edtech: Duolingo, Udemy, Wikipedia, OpenEnglish, Kramer Electronics y University of People. And of course @thinkific @teachable @skillsshare #TwitterSmarter
3. How can you use Twitter as a medium of education?
A3a For me Twitter is the biggest conversation the human kind have ever had. You can use it as a communication channel. Only pic a smart hashtag and start the conversation. Encourage colleagues and students to participate. TwitterSmarter
A3b Twitter offer a bunch of features like
A3c You can pic one, create content
4. What are some EdTech Twitter chats?
A4a First, you can check this short introduction to Twitter Education Chats https://tinyurl.com/y7eh32mu #TwitterSmarter
A4b Here are some interesting EdTech Twitter chats https://tinyurl.com/tsbhqwv you can also seach on google: Edtech Chats and see many from diferent parts of the globe and diferent educational topics #TwitterSmarter
A4 On of my favorite Edtech Chat is #CyACartuja created by my friend @jmalex He is a teacher in
5. What are the main Twitter features you use for education?
A5a First, a Twitter Chat. Think on a WhatsApp group but open and accessible not only for teachers and students, but also to the community. Use Twitter Advance Search to navigate into topic and dates! check this conversation with @espirian to learn more: https://tinyurl.com/to7dh4g #TwitterSmarter
A5b Twitter Video and Media Studio. You can Upload videos up to 140 Seconds (remember the 140 characters). Its the same 😉 Here you can find more info: https://tinyurl.com/rd9jyds #TwitterSmarter
A5c Also, you can create moments with topics or Tweets with Videos. Think for example a Twitter Crash Course. Short videos to teach something. Here a moment made by my friend @blogpocket hope you found some inspiration https://tinyurl.com/w3jeczc #TwitterSmarter
6. How do people react to these newer teaching methodologies?
A6a Edtech is not new, but is not to much popular. Nowadays, many schools, universities and teachers still like and use the traditional way of education: Go to class, learn, validate and certificate.
A6b Youngest generations are changing this slowly (apparently 😉 ) moving to digital platforms and online certifications like @Hubspot And learning how to teach in this new century. TwitterSmarter
7. What are some challenges in teaching through Twitter?
A7a Maybe the first one is that people outside twitter don’t use Twitter or doesn’t know how to use it. So we need to teach them the basics. My friend @jmalex has a lot of experience introducing his students to Twitter. #TwitterSmarter
A7b Youngest ones uses Social Media a lot, but many of them Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and now Tiktok. So we need to evangelize a little about twitter and encourage them to use it. #TwitterSmarter
A8c Its easy to talk a lot, but many of us doesn’t know how to listen. So
8. How do you plan for a course or an educational series on Twitter?
A8a First I start with this question: Can I teach this topic by using Tweets (280 characters and 140 seconds video). If yes, this other question. How to put a topic into a micro content format? Need help with this, check @garyvee strategy https://tinyurl.com/w2ms6q2 #TwitterSmarter
A8b Second, I listen the audience, this means to follow and see how students are engaging and using technology and social media. This helps me define the tone, feature, formats, length, etc. An their interests #TwitterSmarter
A8c And then, create the content: Manuscript (Tweets), Images (Infografics, others), Video (Concepts, tutorials). Here some tools that helps me in this step:
+ Canva Promo images
+ Inkspace Infographics
+ OBS Video
+ Twitter Media Studio Manage media
+ Tweetdeck Schedule