Friday, May 09, 2008

Need Help With Your Mac, But Too Busy Twittering?

A Daily Mac Tip in a Twitter Sized Format

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I'm frequently engaged in conversations regarding Macs and education. So, if you also use Twitter, and you use a Mac, (and if not, why not?) here's one user you need to follow! @mactips140 sends out tweets with Mac Tips in 140 characters or less. There is a also a site, MacTips 140, where you can find all of these tips compiled. Each tip is presented as a 140 character "twoosh" and delivered directly to you via your Twitter account. Below are just two of the helpful tips, hints, tricks, and links sent out as tweets to make the use of your Macintosh more enjoyable:

So Who is This TweetMaster?

This is another project by Adam Christianson of the MacCast, which is one of my favorite podcasts. I listen to Adam every week in my car on my way to work. He keeps his show fairly non-geeky and has a nice, warm way of speaking that leaves you way smarter than when you first plugged in your earplugs that day!


Jason Everett said...

I see this used in many ways such as this. Companies are starting to use it. You can follow college teams, conference announcements and so much more.

It really makes you think, in a support role, how your constituents might use a service like like this. For example, you work with Airset and so might have some quick tips on how to use it technically or as promotions of sessions you'll have. Having them follow a related account would be a fun way to get them introduced to Twitter and Airset.

I can see a teacher using it as an "announcement" board too. Post upcoming assignments, tidbits about the lesson, links to resources, etc. It would be an opportunity for students to be engaged in a technology they use and show them how to use it appropriately instead of blocking it.

Doing a search of keywords related to this shows that students are already using it and talking about class assignments. Their network of friends might even help them out. But wouldn't it be cool if the teacher could provide them people to follow as experts in the lesson they are working with. Model how a professional learning network can really work. I believe teachers will become experts in becoming connectors or network builders so students will be able to find the resources they need in the 21st Century.

I can already see following:
MrsMaryMediaCenter or
MrBrownSocialStudies or

Building the social network at your school, 140 characters at a time. I'd really like to see if anyone is doing this and watch their feed to see how it is working.

Thanks for the Twitter Sized Mac Tip account to follow!

Adam Christianson said...

Thanks for the nice post about Mac Tips 140. I hope this proves to be a fun and helpful way to use Twitter as a tool for learning as well as a place socialize. I am finding more and more uses for Twitter everyday.

Lee Kolbert said...

What a great idea. I really never thought of it that way but that really would be a simple and terrific way for parents to keep up with tidbits of information from their kid's classrooms. I'm not sure I see young students being allowed to use Twitter or their cellphones in school in my lifetime, anyway. But certainly parents or older students can be encouraged to sign up for Twitter (even if only for this purpose), follow "MrsMaryMediaCenter" and receive tweets with specific target. I like that. Another on my list of things to steal! :)
Thanks for commenting!

It really is amazing to watch the mashups that are occurring between technical sites and initiatives and educational sites/initiatives. Frequently it is people like @Jason and me and you who help make that transition for teachers who want to dip in their toes. In our district, we use mostly Windows platform, but are increasingly using Macs for the more project-based, digital storytelling teaching. As one of the leaders in this initiative, I always recommend your podcast. MacTips140 is just the perfect mashup for those either on or reaching for the cutting edge.

Thanks for adding to the conversation, Adam!