Archive | August, 2011


31 Aug

We will be using Twitter in class, both to spark discussion and do research. If you don’t have a Twitter account or you have a private Twitter account, you should sign up for one.

1. Go to

2. Enter your basic information on the home page and click “Sign up.”

3. Come up with a username and password. Agree with the Terms of Service (TOS). Click submit.

In order to get credit for your work on Twitter, I have to be able to see your tweets. This means you CANNOT set your account to “protected.” If you wish to keep your personal account private, then please create an account that you can use for class purposes.

Once you’ve signed up…

1. Send a tweet using the hashtag #np555 so that I know you are able to get online. It might look like this:

This is just a test #np555

40 seconds ago Favorite Reply Delete

2. Start searching and following people/groups that interest you.

3. Optional: Use Twitter’s option to search your contacts for people to follow.

How to look at our class’s Twitter posts…

I recommend using Simply type np555 in the hashtag box, and you will see all of the posts with that hashtag come up. You can change the “refresh speed” also to make sure you are up-to-date with the most current tweets.

Some useful Twitter lingo…

Tweet: a post

Retweet: post someone else’s post

Trending: the most popular topics on Twitter at that moment

Hashtag: the use of the “#” sign before a phrase to help tag/categorize posts. This makes them more easily found through the search engine.

For more terms, see Twitter’s Twitter Glossary.


Hello ENG1000Cers!

23 Aug

Welcome to Nicole’s ENG1000C Course. This course will probably feel very different from other English courses that you have taken over the years. Keep an open mind, and you’ll be surprised what you may learn.

I will be posting assignment updates, interesting resources, and other tidbits on this blog. The plan is to make our important course documents easily accessible, especially in the case that Blackboard experiences downtime.

You will all be creating your own course blogs. They will help you to track your thoughts throughout the semester, allow you to reflect on digital media, and give you an outlet to share your writing with a real audience that will provide authentic feedback.