Icebreaker Exercise: Twittering at #medialit

Heard of Twitter? People moan “about what people had for breakfast”, but Stephen Fry – it’s called Twitter, not Erudite Thoughts… and in many ways is a relationship building tool… and how often will you meet with someone (in person) and dive into e.g. The Theory of Relativity without catching up a bit first… that’s how I use Twitter!

Now. Not going ONTO Twitter itself – it’s the concept/information rather than the mechanics we’re interested in today, instead, we’re using that indispensible tool – “pen & paper”… What we produce in our version of Twitter will be available on the walls so that we can remind ourselves who people are!

So – you will get to work with 5 other people, against a timer – I have an example of mine, which I filled in in around 10 minutes! Twitter is not always about thinking in great depth about what you write, but about ‘going with the moment’. The document.

  • Username (the name you’d like to be known as this week)
  • Bio (160 characters only, what words can sum you up)
  • All tweets = 140 characters (the dashes have been counted out!)
    • #whyruhere: why are you on this course?
    • #mediaexperience: are you a newbie or lots of experience
    • #christianjourney: can you sum it up or give us one highlight?
    • #daftfact: something which will help us remember you

So, timing? We have 40 minutes for this session, and want time to look and chat at the end… so it’s “quick & dirty” thoughts as my South African friend says! Work in pairs, as the timer goes, move onto someone else – and work together.

  • Intro (above): 5 minutes. QUESTIONS?
  • Username/Bio: 10 minutes per pair
  • Tweets: 3 minutes per pair
  • Read out Bios (around 10 minutes)

http://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-clock/full-screen/

Place images on the wall and make available throughout the course.

Twittering @ #MediaLit: Instructions

Not getting to “The Digital Revolution” til Thursday, but those of you familiar, please do engage. Social Media for the Scared coming up as our ice-breaker!

Heard of Twitter? People moan “about what people had for breakfast”, but Stephen Fry – it’s called Twitter, not Erudite Thoughts… and in many ways is a relationship building tool… and how often will you meet with someone and dive into e.g. The Theory of Relativity without catching up a bit first… that’s how I use Twitter!

Now. Not going ONTO Twitter itself – it’s the concept/information rather than the mechanics we’re interested in today, instead, we’re using that indispensible tool – “pen & paper”… What we produce in our version of Twitter will be available on the walls so that we can remind ourselves who people are!

So – you will get to work with 5 other people, against a timer – I have an example of mine, which I filled in in around 10 minutes! Twitter is not always about thinking in great depth about what you write, but about ‘going with the moment’.

· Username (the name you’d like to be known as this week)

· Bio (160 characters only, what words can sum you up)

· All tweets = 140 characters (the dashes have been counted out!)

o #whyruhere: why are you on this course?

o #mediaexperience: are you a newbie or lots of experience

o #christianjourney: can you sum it up or give us one highlight?

o #daftfact: something which will help us remember you

So, timing? We have 40 minutes for this session, and want time to look and chat at the end… so it’s “quick & dirty” thoughts as my South African friend says! Work in pairs, as the timer goes, move onto someone else – and work together.

· Intro (above): 5 minutes. QUESTIONS?

· Username/Bio: 10 minutes

· Tweets: 3 minutes each

· Circulation Time: 10 minutes

· (Slippage time: 3 mins)

http://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-clock/full-screen/

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