ARCHAEOTWEET 2018 - BRINGING ARCHAEOLOGY TO EVERY CLASSROOM
Archaeotweet 2018 will be the first Twitter conference about archaeology held specifically for teachers of History, Geography and Science. It is an opportunity for teachers to engage directly with Archaeologists - researchers, academics and those working in the commercial sector. It will also be an opportunity for teachers to share with each other, the ways in which they use archaeology and archaeological sources in their teaching and learning. All of the papers delivered will be of relevance and interest to teachers. They will link closely to the content, skills and cross-curricula priorities outlined in the Australian Curriculum, and every paper will have both resources and teaching strategies as take-aways for educators.
Why hold a Twitter conference? Hosting a conference on social media overcomes many difficulties that come part-and-parcel with the traditional conference model: first, an online platform creates the conditions for more equitable participation for everyone - it overcomes the tyranny of distance (and the costs associated with that) for the thousands of dedicated educators who live and work away from the major cities, and it also ensures that those who have other responsibilities, whether they be work, caring or other, can participate in the discussion after the fact, with no disadvantage; second, rich and robust conversations can continue well after the conference has officially 'ended', but still within the same platform; and last but certainly not least, it reduces the environmental footprint of the conference to virtually zero. This represents an ethical, responsible and inclusive attitude to the sharing of knowledge and practice.
How will the conference work? We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants, with the conference modelled on the format and structure of the World Seabird Twitter Conference (2017), the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference (2018), and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) Twitter Conference (2018).
The conference will be held live on Saturday 10th November 2018. Papers will be delivered by presenters in 15 minute slots, within a themed session. The themes of the sessions, content of the presentations and order in which they will occur is yet to be determined. The papers will be linked and searchable by using the hashtag #Archaeotweet2018. All threads will also be retweeted in full on Twitter by @archaeomeet and @archaeoeducator, and published on the Archaeomeet Facebook page.
All you need to participate in the conference and later discussions is a Twitter account. A short guide on how to do this can be found here: https://help.twitter.com/en/create-twitter-account
How do I become a presenter? The call for papers is now open! If you have an idea for a paper for the conference and you wish to discuss it first, feel free to send an email to Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Thea at email@example.com. For a formal submission of paper, please upload a 100 word abstract and 100 word biography to the shared Dropbox folder for the conference which can be found at this address: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wwogp1y971oo6uc/AACUQpKur13NTXJ1ohCj0ufLa?dl=0
The call for papers will close on Friday 14th September 2018.
For those wishing to present, because this is a Twitter Conference designed for teachers, the content of your papers should be relevant to the content and skills outlined in the Australian Curriculum. We are seeking contributions from archaeologists about the work with which they are currently engaged and other curriculum related topics. We are also seeking contributions from teachers - what interesting and innovative ways are you teaching archaeology and archaeological concepts? Would you be willing to share a snapshot of your ideas?
Here is a rundown of the nuts and bolts of how the conference will work:
To be considered as a presenter, submit an abstract and biography (no more than 100 words each). Give your presentation a snappy title of ten words or less. Include your Twitter handle somewhere in the document. Upload this as a single document to the Dropbox folder.
After the call for papers closes, the abstracts will be considered and arranged into themed sessions. You'll be informed by Friday 21st September if your paper has been accepted and the sessions in which it will be scheduled.
As the conference is primarily designed and pitched for Australian teachers, it is likely that we will have both international participants and audience. Session times may be adjusted within reason to help accommodate this. Having said this, there are a number of scheduling apps (including Tweetdeck and Buffer) which will enable presenters to schedule their tweets, if their session allotment proves to be too difficult to arrange. The arrangement of the sessions will be posted online for both presenters and participants.
When it is time for your paper, jump onto Twitter and post your tweets. You will have a 15 minute timelsot for tweeting your paper and initial discussion. You are more than welcome to hang around for longer than your allotted 15 minutes. Teachers are a curious bunch and will be keenly interested in what you have to say, so be prepared for lots of questions and discussion, perhaps for days afterwards. As a presenter we would ask that you do your best to engage with the discussion.
Your paper must be tweeted in 6 - 12 tweets. The first tweet should be a tweet which introduces you and your topic for discussion. The final tweet should be a wrap-up or a summary, finishing off your discussion. The remaining tweets for the body of your paper can be formatted and arranged however you like. Keep in mind that teachers will always be appreciative of images and links to resources, but these will, of course, reduce the number of characters available for you to to tweet.
We ask that your tweeted paper have at least one tweet in your thread that links your discussion to a teaching and learning strategy, or an idea for a classroom activity. The conference organisers Mel and Thea, besides being archaeologists, are also teachers with decades of classroom experience between them, and will gladly help you link your wealth of knowledge to innovative and engaging teaching and learning strategies.
The most effectively way to keep your tweets together in a coherent sequence for those following along with the conference is to thread the tweets together, or if that function is unavailable to you, reply to each tweet you post with your next tweet. Try to leave about one minute between each tweet if you are live tweeting each tweet separately. This will allow time for discussion in between tweets. If you thread your tweets together in a 'Tweetstorm', you need the thread ready to be posted at the very beginning of your allotted time.
The start of each tweet in your thread needs to be numbered, and contain the official conference hashtag #Archaeotweet2018, for example: (1) #Archaeotweet2018. This will ensure that however you tweets appear online, whether threaded or a single tweets, the thread may be followed easily by participants.
As is inevitably the case with real-time discussions on Twitter, it will progress in fits and spurts, and may not always follow a linear trajectory. This is both the frustration (and the joy) of Twitter. Embrace the opportunity to follow the multiple rabbit holes that present themselves.
Make sure that your tweets are not private or protected in your account, otherwise no-one will be able to see your tweets.
How do I find out more information? If you have any further questions, please leave a message on the contact form on this site, or email Mel directly firstname.lastname@example.org.