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Inspirational Pictures
Monday, August 05th, 2013 | Author:

I have talked about using lists before to help manage people on Twitter but this post is about a new list I have created.

There are many picture-based accounts on Twitter including @fascinatingpics and my most recent find, @abandonedpic which shows pictures of places that have been abandoned. This includes some very atmospheric shots of castles, theme parks or houses that have been left for years and nature has taken them over. Are they real? Not sure. Here is one example:

Where is it? Who lives here? Who lived here? What’s outside?


The more I see these pictures, the more I thought that they could be useful in the classroom. Maybe just as a prompt for descriptive writing, but maybe for more? So I have added a few picture accounts to a Twitter list. If I have missed any, please feel free to let me know and I’ll add them.

I must say that I don’t know if the list is always 100% suitable for children, so I wouldn’t get my class to follow them, but they would be useful for teachers to pick and choose suitable photos.

The list is here:

Edit – Another list by @ICT_mrp can be found on this blog post

Twitter Lists
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | Author:

I have been using Twitter for ages now (a good few years) and I have never got around to sorting out my lists until recently because of time. I would imagine that many others are in a similar boat, only because when I tweeted about lists, a few others asked for more clarification, so here it is.

Lists are a feature where you can group certain users together. I could have lots of lists but I tend to just have a few. I have one for people in Hampshire so that I can see what local teachers are tweeting about and I have another for people I talk to or follow regularly. These are the tweets that I now look at in more detail. Before I found that I was spending ages looking at Twitter but it didn’t feel productive. Now my time has been reduced but I feel that I am getting a bit more out of it. I know that there is the chance I’ll miss something from someone, but as @dughall says, it’ll get retweeted if it’s useful. I do scroll through the main timeline now and again, but not as regularly as I used to.

I would definitely recommend spending a few hours going through the people you follow and organising them into lists. I found the best way to set this up was through the website. I simply scrolled through the people I was following and I added some to lists. It only loads 10-20 at a time so there is a lot of scrolling, but you’ll get there in the end.

It may seem like a big time spend at the start, but it will make you feel much better afterwards.

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Class 8 will be tweeting
Sunday, September 02nd, 2012 | Author:

Following on from Simon McCloughlin’s (@simcloughlin) plea on his blog, I have decided to do the same on here. As of this week I will be back in the classroom with my own class following two years covering PPA across the school. One of the (many) things that I will be trying is the use of Twitter. I have blogged here and here about using Twitter for various lessons but this will be different. This will be with my own class and we might tweet about lessons we have coming up, things we’ve been doing or we might ask questions. The children will have a huge say in what gets sent out too of course.

So why not follow my class account? We will be tweeting as @stjohnsclass8