1.) Create a Twitter username for your course:

Creating a Twitter Account
http://bit.ly/aOxgbx

For example: http://www.twitter.com/Commun313
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Instructions on how to use Twitter for announcements:
http://tinyurl.com/twitter4learning
Instructions on how to use Twitter for dialogue and backchannel:
http://tinyurl.com/twitter4backchannel

2.) Creating a facebook fan page:

Click on this link to create a facebook fan page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

For example:

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Instructions on how to create a facebook fan page --> Facebook for Communicating http://tinyurl.com/fb4learning

3.) When you create your Twitter acct or Facebook account, a URL will be created, which is more reliable than the search we were trying to use. For example:

http://twitter.com/Commun310
http://www.facebook.com/pages/UWM-Communication-313/330045080751

--This URL should be what you use in your D2L Course Site navigation bar.

4.) How do I edit my D2L Course Site Nav Bar?

Here is a video I created walking you through the process.
http://screencast.com/t/ODUwNjBkY

Also, here are step-by-step instructions.
http://d2ltipsandtricks.blogspot.com/2010/08/editing-nav-bar-adding-external-link.html

5.) Link your twitter to facebook

Link twitter to your facebook fan page, so you only have to post announcements once:

Once you set-up your Twitter account and your Facebook fan page (directions in this morning's e-mail), I recommend using Graffiti to link the two together.

Here is a youtube video on setting this up, or feel free to come see me and we can set this up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2D5_6gC5Qg&feature=player_embedded

6.) Instructions for students for Twitter

Creating a Twitter Account
http://bit.ly/aOxgbx

Setting up your Mobile Phone to Receive Tweets
http://help.twitter.com/entries/110250-new-adding-your-phone-to-twitter-via-web

Following your course Twitter Account (via D2L)
http://bit.ly/bHKVfl

Hint:
http://twitter.com/settings/notifications
Under Settings, Notice -- Have students check to receive Direct Text Emails:
x Email when I receive a new direct message

7.) Instructions for student use of Facebook coming, but most likely not needed

How do I Become a Fan of the course fan page?
http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=12275

Click on the Facebook Link in D2L and login to facebook.

Once on the course facebook fan page, you click the "Become a Fan" button that appears next to the Page name. This allows you to receive news feeds on your wall from that fan page.

To Visit the fan page, click the "Pages" link in the left column of your Facebook profile page.

8.) Back Channel

http://www.tweetwally.com/

Twitter Experiment, University of Texas at Dallas (Back Channel)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WPVWDkF7U8



Other resources:

Twitter Boosting Student Engagement
http://mashable.com/2010/03/01/twitter-classroom/

Facebook, US History Course
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj-XCUIbbcE