Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Twitter Widget Ready-to-Use: OU History Dept.

The OU History Department recently began making active use of Twitter as @OUHistDept, and I enjoy their stream very much, so I wanted to make it a widget. Professors in the department who are already using Canvas could add a page like this to their courses, for example, which might widen the reach of the History Twitter effort. Using a Canvas table layout, it would also be possible to add additional useful links in the left-hand column, so that the page could contain whatever information would help put that Twitter feed in context such as links to the department website, etc. — it seems to me that could be a potentially useful addition to any History course using Canvas. See also the History of Science Collections widget from yesterday, and of course anyone can make widgets like these: Getting Started with Twitter for Canvas.

What I have done here is to create the Twitter widget, and then I published it in my https webspace (thank you, Reclaim Hosting!), and then I created a Canvas page to display the Twitter widget. The whole process takes about 5 minutes, and you can see the widget in action at the Canvas page: OU History Dept. Twitter in Canvas.

Even better: now you can just copy-and-paste the iframe snippet which you see there if you want to create your own Canvas page with the History live stream.

You don't need a Twitter account, you don't need your own webspace: just copy-and-paste into your own Canvas webpage, and you will have the latest History tweets.

I've also pasted in the Twitter widget below. And if you make your own Canvas Twitter widgets — this Twitter4Canvas Self-Guided Workshop explains how to do that — you can also choose to share them in this way! If you have a Canvas4Twitter example to share, let me know, and I'll spread the word.

Keep on tweeting, everybody!

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