Twitter Meets the Academy

Today, I am presenting at UTA on how historians and other scholars use Twitter to share resources, connect at conferences, and engage in discourse. I am also covering how I have used Twitter as an assignment in the classroom. Below is a list of resources connected to these topics.

Getting Started on Twitter
“10 Must-Learn Lessons for Twitter Newbies” (New to Twitter? Don’t sweat it. Here is a good guide to help you learn the basics.)

“Twitter Dictionary: A Guide to Understanding Twitter Lingo” (Twitter is full of its own kind of slang. Don’t feel shy about referring to a guide like this to figure out what some abbreviations/phrases mean.)

Teaching with Twitter
“How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement”

“60 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom by Category”

“How Twitter Saved My Literature Class: A Case Study with Discussion”

Using Twitter as an Historian
“Why Historians Should Use Twitter: An Interview with Katrina Gulliver” (An interview with Katrina Gulliver, the person responsible for creating the #twitterstorians hashtag. This is one of – if not the – most popular hashtags historians use to communicate on Twitter.)

“Twitter for Historians” (Rachel Herrmann presents her take on the benefits of historians using Twitter.)

“History Hashtags” (This list initiated by Liz Covart features many of the hastags historians use to connect and communicate with each other.)

Using Twitter at a Conference
“16 Ways to Use Twitter to Improve Your Next Conference” (This includes advice for those planning and/or attending conferences.)

“Conference Season is Here. Don’t Stink at Twitter.”

“Twitter in the U.S. History Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion, OAH 2015” (Shameless plug, but here is the Storify of the roundtable discussion I participated in at the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis. This is a good example of how people live-tweet a conference presentation.)

Again, I will post a followup with more details on how I use Twitter in and out of the classroom, but in the meantime feel free to check out these links. Maybe consider setting up a new account, if you don’t have one already!


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