Almost a year now since I first started my Master thesis and I still feel like there is lot more to read and explore before momentarily closing the lines of this thesis for hope of elaborating more on it in my future phd research starting next year. The topic of my actual MAEd thesis centres around the use of Twitter as an educational affinity space for teachers with a particular focus on some teacher communities such as #edchat and #edtech. However and to make a long story short, studying Twitter from an academic lens has taught me a great deal of things and opened my eyes to several educational facts about the huge potential of social media websites in education.
All along the way, I have been actively sharing with you a plethora of important resources on the use of Twitter for both professional and educational purposes. Check out this section to access all the posts I have published in this regard so far.
Today's post is a direct answer to a question one of you has asked me a few days ago about the tools one can use to facilitate participation in Twitter chats. The tree applications below are the ones I myself use and would highly recommend for you as well.
TweetDeck makes it easier for you to track the real-time conversations taking plae in Twitter. It brings more flexibility and insight through a customizable layout that lets you keep up with the people and topics that matter most to you. And, you can join the conversation by tweeting, sharing photos and links to news stories, and more.
this is another great tool to use to participate in Twitter chats. It basically focuses on Hashtags and those hashtags allow TweetChat to connect you with people talking about similar things. TweetChat helps put your blinders on to the Twitter-sphere while you monitor and chat about one topic. Choosing a hashtag directs you to a TweetChat room.Each tweet automatically gets the hashtag added and the room auto-updates.
You can use the "User Control" area to feature people you like or to block spammers. "Smart pausing" has been added so when you scroll down the page, it will not refresh, helping you avoid replying to the wrong person.
Twitterfall is a website designed to allow users of the social networking site Twitter to view upcoming trends and patterns posted by users in the form of tweets. The project was founded by David Somers and Tom Brearley, computer science students at theUniversity of York.