Inspired by the various 12 Apps for Christmas twitter initatives from other universities, where an app is posted on a blog post every day, I decided to try and engage with our twitter followers and the wider higher education community before Christmas, using the hashtag #appventcityunilead (appvent a play on the word advent, but with no chocolate involved), tweeting an app a day.
I used the twitter scheduler Twuffer.com and scheduled daily tweets at 12 noon in the run up to Christmas.
Why did I do this?
This was a way to engage our followers with something less serious before Christmas and as an experiment with a twitter scheduler. The initial tweet, below, made an impression on 2,199 people’s account. It was retweeted 9 times and liked 6 times. The Association for Learning Technology also picked up the tweets via #altc, as this was in every tweet.
Below are all of the tweets I scheduled before Christmas Day for those of you who’d like to look at the recommended apps in further detail or in case you missed them back in December.
|Trello||#appventcityunilead Use for your teaching planning https://trello.com/platforms #altc|
|ShowMe||#appventcityunilead Show your students things using this whiteboard app http://www.showme.com/ #altc|
|Nearpod||#appventcityunilead Interactive lessons, real time assessment on any device https://www.nearpod.com/ #altc|
|Skype||#appventcityunilead Call, share, message, collaborate with your students on any device http://www.skype.com/en/ #altc|
|TED||#appventcityunilead Use great talks in your teaching https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-talks/ways-to-get-ted-talks #altc|
|PollEv app||Vote in Class with your mobile – free for a class of upto 50! https://www.polleverywhere.com/ #appventcityunilead #altc|
|Padlet||A wall for your collaboration? Try this app out. Padlet.https://padlet.com/ #appventcityunilead #altc|
|Canva||Great for posters and lots more! Canva https://www.canva.com/ #appventcityunilead #altc Pls RT|
|Stackables||Image editing on your mobile device? Try Stakeables http://stackablesapp.businesscatalyst.com/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Lucidchart||Create charts easily with Lucidchart. https://www.lucidchart.com/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Adobe Comp CC||Plan layout, really fast, great for students in projects http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/comp.html #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Paper||Drawing and sketching app, add photos and text https://www.fiftythree.com/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Skitch||Get your point across to students better. Try Skitch.https://evernote.com/skitch/ #alc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|123D Catch||Create 3D Models from photos, great for #STEM subjects http://www.123dapp.com/catch #alc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|–||This week’s #appventcityunilead apps will be a mixture of creation and reading apps #altc Pls RT|
|Aurasma||Create Augmented reality via this app, useful to bring things to life. https://www.aurasma.com/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Adobe Voice||Adobe Voice Turn stories into animated video quickly. https://standout.adobe.com/voice/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|3D Brain||Great for neuroscience and health studies 3D Brain http://www.g2conline.org/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|blinkist||Book summaries – 1 free a day https://www.blinkist.com/en/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|iTunes U||Some excellent free University materials for your students http://www.apple.com/uk/support/ios/itunes-u/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|BrowZine||Academic Journals in a beautiful format http://thirdiron.com/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Google Apps||Google Apps for Education https://www.google.com/edu/products/productivity-tools/ #productivity #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|–||This week’s #appventcityunilead apps will be about #productivity #altc Pls RT|
|Quizlet||Create your own study materials or browse others Quizlet https://quizlet.com/mobile #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Evernote||Every note you every make, in one place. https://evernote.com/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Save and read later, on any device https://getpocket.com/a/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|Todoist||A free online to do list with apps for devices https://en.todoist.com/ #altc Pls RT #appventcityunilead|
|–||Hoped you enjoyed #appventcityunilead from @cityunilead, please reply back and share your experiences, we’d love to hear from you 🙂|
|–||Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from @cityunilead, we look forward to working with @cityunilondon staff in 2016 🙂|
|Happy New Year from @cityunilead, we look forward to working with you this year!|
Having scheduled these tweets, I thought of other topics in the run up to Christmas that might be useful for your audience. They could be 24 case studies, 24 ideas for group work or educational development, already in your resources area that you can re-purpose in this way. By using the run up to Christmas in this way, can engage your internal and external audiences before Christmas, in a way that’s low effort for you.