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I have been a student for as long as I can remember. I even have memories of my first days at school and learning to do “soldier-dot”, which I later recognized as my teacher’s way of teaching us to commence each sentence with a capital letter (“soldier”) and end it with a full stop (“dot”). It has been a long journey from there – a small classroom in the Catholic school in Norseman (1952) to my last graduation ceremony at NDA on 18 July, 2010, when I received my doctorate. It has been an interesting journey from lines and dots on a sheet of paper to a thesis, which is more than 600 pages long.

My studies have taken me to many different schools and universities and my work has gone around the world. My doctoral thesis was read in England and the US. More than 300 copies have been downloaded by students around the world. At present, I am working on having it published as a book and I have been working on some articles based on my research. These activities involve further reading and study.

During the last two years, I have been developing my knowledge and skills in relation to web apps for mobile devices. The reading I have been doing over that time has led me to the conclusion that most learning will come to be done with the assistance of mobile devices similar to the iPhone. It is likely that the iPad. Which I am using to write this post, will become obsolete in the next 10 years and will be replaced by a much smaller device, about the size of the iPod/iPhone capable of projecting holographic images. Even the keyboard will be a projection.

So, believing this to be the direction we are taking in education, I have been learning how to write school materials using HTML, css3 and various derivatives of JavaScript, the latest being jQuery Mobile. The latest version of the school’s PC Prayer File has been made available to staff as a mobile web app.

I am convinced that I learn best by doing things, whether it be writing an essay, or writing a web app, or building a guitar, or cooking a meal. While I enjoy reading, I find that I have to do something with what I read in order to stay interested in what I have been reading. Years ago, one of my teachers used to write important ideas on system cards, which he would file. He was a bit like a computer because that is what a computer does. Researchers have shown that we forget about 80% of what we see, hear or read if we don’t make some form of notes about it.

On using Twitter in the classroom

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On using Twitter in the classroom

The introduction of the iPad into the secondary school curriculum prompts the question: Is there a place for social networking in the classroom? The focus of this investigation will be the use of Twitter in Religious Education.

What is Twitter?

Cole (2009) provides suggestions for teachers on how to use Twitter. Many of her suggestions also have some application in the classroom, particularly those that relate to etiquette.


Barseghian, Tina (2011). 28 Creative Ideas for Teaching with Twitter. In Mind/Shift: How we will learn. Online at: Retrieved: July 14, 2011.

Cole, Sonja (2009). 25 Ways to Teach with Twitter. In Tech & Learning. Online at: Retrieved: July 14, 2011.

Kirkpatrick, Marshall (2009). How One Teacher Uses Twitter in the Classroom. In ReadWriteWeb. Online at: Retrieved: July 14, 2011.

Rankin, Monica (2009a). 34 Interesting Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom. Online at: Retrieved: July 14, 2011.

Rankin, Monica (2009b). Some general comments on the “Twitter Experiment”. Online at: Retrieved: July 14, 2011.

Silver, David (2009). Twitter in the Classroom. In Tame the Web: Libraries, Technology and People, by Michael Stephens. Online at: Retrieved July 14, 2011.

Walsh, K. (2009). 6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom. In EmergingEdTech. Online at: Retrieved: July 14, 2011.

Walsh, K. (2010). 100 Ways to Teach with Twitter. In EmergingEdTech. Online at Retrieved: July 14, 2011.


100 ways to teach with Twitter. Online at
Online: Retrieved July 14, 2011.