Tag Archive: twitter

2014
10/29

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Intriguing reactions

My starter this week has been based around the Queen sending her first tweet from the launch of the new “Information Age” exhibition at the Science Museum.

The two big questions were: why would the Queen need to use Twitter; and how long do you think it was before the first troll appeared?

More than anything I’ve been surprised by the range of reactions to the second comment on the Queen’s tweet – from absolute shock horror, to giggles. What I also found interesting was the number of people who assumed that it would be illegal (to “troll” the Queen); only one particularly switched-on Y9 boy had an immediate response of, “Why? It’s just their opinion!”

Overall, there have been some excellent discussion on exactly what Twitter (and, by extension, social media in general) is for; how people use it; what “trolling” is; and why the monarchy would need to keep up with technology.

It’s been a good week 🙂

2013
02/14

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Computing

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Feeding from Twitter into Evernote again

So, after talking with @IanYorston at BETT2013, I was once again determined to see whether I could get my workflow of posting my favourited tweets into EverNote. The problem being Twitter having shut off the part of their API that easily allowed such things to happen.

After only a short time Googling, I discovered this page which talked about using RSS feeds from your Twitter account. It also (if you read it) goes on to mention about Twitter shutting off their support for RSS feeds in favour of JSON by the end of this month.

Further research led to this article which posited the idea of creating a mini-app on the Twitter side to allow easy access to your account feeds and even gave a simple PHP script to access them.

“Aha,” thought I, “that should be easy!” You would have thought after 13 years of commercial development experience that I would have learned not to assume such things…

After much muttering, I do have a solution working, for free. I probably made things a little harder for myself by only working from my iPad, but I’m kind’f deliberately seeing how much I can actually get done without a laptop just by way of an experiment.

So here’s what I learned:

    • not all free hosts support curl, even though they support PHP scripting

    • online documentation is invaluable

    • once a developer, always a developer – even though I’ve never used PHP before (I was a JSP boy) I found I could follow things enough to get by

    In short, I now have a simple Twitter app registered for my web-site which allows the script to connect using OAuth, then GET my most recent favourites using the 1.1 API, converting the returned JSON to RSS so that my IFTTT recipe can trigger and store those ideas in EverNote.

    Any questions, you know where to find me 🙂

    2011
    08/04

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    Eureka moments

    So, there I am pootling up and down the pool, not really concentrating on too much, when… Poof! I suddenly realise how I can at least try and make units about standard office software marginally more interesting. As ever, it's about making the activity real, something which my maths lecturer did his best to drum into me when I was training (thanks, Kev) and I obviously forgot to apply here in secondary… that'll teach me!

    The thing of interest was the way in which the idea came to me – while swimming. I've had similar success with ideas that come to me in the shower. This got me reflecting on the blog entry by James Mitchie that I read earlier about finding (and using, I suppose) the places where you are best productive – apparently, I've found mine. It's taken a while, as I've not been regularly swimming for some time but I'm using the summer holidays to try and set up some "good routines" that I can hopefully then carry over into the new school year when things get busier 🙂

    Oh, by the bye, my ideas? For the unit on word processing, I'm going to go with applying the techniques to a Project Gutenberg text; for spreadsheets, I'll be re-using a unit I tried last year on Fantasy Football; and for presentations (I'm least sure on this one) I'll try getting the pupils thinking about the various types of social media and appropriate/safe/proper usage.

    2011
    01/26

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    Timely reminders

    Talking with my Dad over the weekend (Hi, Dad!) whilst waiting for my car to be re-MOT’d and we lit upon the topic of digital photography, a serious hobby of his these days. He is quite active on the 365project.org (as are my brother and sister-in-law, btw) site and has entered into the whole social networking side of the project, too.

    It wasn’t a short talk, but it did make me think about a few things:

    • First, people like being published, in some way – so, as a teacher, I need to make sure that starts happening. Is a year-group blog the answer? Or broader school ICT blog? Or should the children be encouraged to self-publish on their own VLE blogs?
    • Second, Dad’s online conversations reminded me that even publishing isn’t necessarily an end to it – there needs to be feedback (preferably peer feedback, as well as the teacher). So whatever mechanism I use needs to have some way of supporting comments.
    • Finally, on a more personal level, he reminded me that easy though it is so assume you need to follow anyone who follows you, that it isn’t a *must*… especially if the person you’re potentially following isn’t doing anything you’re interested in!

    So… thanks, Dad 🙂