When I wanted to tweet a photo, I turned to my trusty Samsung S3. I found taking photos in the native twitter app to be a bit cumbersome, as it asked me to apply a filter to every photo I took! Here is how I got around it so I could tweet photos quickly, and still keep up with the presentation…
1. Take a photo with the inbuilt camera, and open the photo in photo gallery (tip – use the photo link at the bottom left corner of the camera app))
3. Click Share
4. Scroll down and find Twitter
4. Write your Tweet and send.
In the weeks leading up to the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference in 2014, I set an intention to take all of my notes during the conference using twitter. Here’s how it panned out:
- To take personal notes using Twitter
- To share and disseminate information to other professionals
- To build a Twitter community of professionals interested in #AssistiveTech
What devices and apps did I tweet from?
Ipad (iOS7) – I had planned to use this as my main live tweeting device. It’s relatively light, can sit on my lap, and I find it easy enough to type directly on the screen. I used both the native twitter app and Twitterific to Tweet from.
Samsung S3 phone– I discovered that I wanted to take photos of a lot of the slides this time, and I found using the ipad too slow, too big to take photos with. So I used my Samsung S3 to take photos and tweet them. I used the native twitter app, but that was too slow (it kept asking me to apply a filter – 1 step too many for me!). So I used the inbuilt camera, and then shared to twitter from there.
Macbook Air 13 inch – I hadn’t planned to use my Macbook to tweet from, more to collate Storify feeds and for blog updates. But several of the conference rooms had tables, so the macbook was a great choice in these sessions, as I could type faster. I used Tweetdeck on my Macbook.
How much did I tweet?
LOTS! And lots. In fact, I was the top tweeter for the conference….
According to Sumall.com:
What types of info did I tweet?
- Photos (of slides and conference fun!)
- Key points form presentations
- Storify Stories
- Coaching Tweets for new tweeters
- Supportive Tweets for new tweeters
- Chatting and commenting on others tweets
Automatically saving notes
I had planned to save all my notes to Evernote, and had set this up in IFTT (see how here)
This worked, but I discovered that Evernote has an unannounce restriction on how many notes can be sent in an hour form IFTT (30). If you exceed this, IFTT will suspend the recipe for the entire day! I received several email notices that I was close to the limit, or had exceeded it. Luckily all my tweets saved in Evernote, but I couldn’t take the risk that my recipe wouldn’t work.
I changed the recipe to send all my tweets to Google Drive, and this worked with no issues at all.
What would I do differently next time?
- I need a better way of being able to follow back new followers – It was hard to keep up with hundred of tweets and mentions flowing through my twitter account, plus actually paying attention to the conference.
- I wish I had set up send links to Google drive, so I could retweet all the amazing resources I was sharing, so I could look back later.
- Tweeted photos were saved as links – not helpful as many of them were actually photos of slides with important points!
I’ll be blogging more livetweeting insights in the coming weeks, including my actual workflows, so stay tuned!
I’m really excited to be able to announce that I’m taking the helm as rotating curator (RoCur) for the #wespeechies twitter chat this week. We’ll be talking about making and using video in clinical settings, including tips for making professional video blogs to educate and inspire your clients and colleagues. Ask any questions you have about using and creating video, and share your tips and tricks for video. We can all learn together!
Gail Bennell is an Australian Speech Pathologist working in the area of #AAC and #AssistiveTech. She works for a community organisation, where she provides assessment and consultation on technology for communication. She also owns her own private practice where she video blogs to reflect, educate and inspire on the topics of language development and AAC. She is a self confessed tech geek, and loves exploring new technology for its potential to make life easier for everyone. Gail is currently exploring using eye gaze technology for AAC and computer access.
Videos are easier than ever to create – you can find a video camera just about anywhere these days – on your phone, your tablet, your laptop and more, while services such You Tube make it easy to share your videos with anyone in the world. Over 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute, and more than 6 billion hours of video are watched each month!
However, it is not always easy to know ‘what’ to include and exclude from video format, and how this might impact upon your message with the intended audiences.
Creating videos is fantastic way of sharing information – you can use it to educate clients, other professionals and families, or use it as a way of recording (and even sharing) your reflections and much more.
This week we will be talking about using video of all types in clinical practice – with particular emphasis on sharing videos, such as video blogging, as well as simple tips and tricks to help you make videos that help you to get your message across, professionally.
Tweetchat questions (Tuesday 10 June 2014 8pm AEST)
Q1. Do you currently make or use videos for clinical purposes, in your work? Tell us how! #WeSpeechies
Q2. What are the challenges or pitfalls you have found in making or using video in clinical practice? #WeSpeechies
Q3. What resources have you used to make your videos? Do you have ‘video creation’ resources to share? #WeSpeechies
Q4. What would be your top tips for #WeSpeechies wanting to make videos to use in clinical practice?