At a conference as tech-oriented as EDUCAUSE, tweeting is an integral part of the agenda. Heading to Philly for the 2011 Annual Meeting and want to make sure you stay connected? Here are a few Twitter feeds to keep an eye on.
Official EDUCAUSE Twitter Feeds
This one’s a no-brainer. Follow @educause for up-to-the-minute announcements and tips preceding and following the conference. After you’ve left Philly, check out EDUCAUSE’s tweets for links to relevant podcasts, articles, and webinars; information on other EDUCAUSE events; proposal deadlines; and more.
If you’re leading a session at EDUCAUSE 2011, want to lead one in the future, or are just interested in improving your public speaking skills, this feed from the EDUCAUSE Speaker Concierge is a great one to follow. In addition to EDUCAUSE-specific presentation tips, @EDUCAUSESpeaker posts helpful links to articles about general presentation do’s and don’ts.
Follow @EDUCAUSEPodcast for news and discussion about the latest EDUCAUSE podcasts, which “provide information and conversation about a wide range of topics in higher ed.” One of the latest podcasts features an interview with General Session speaker danah boyd.
Superhero-Themed EDUCAUSE Twitter Feeds
Okay, this one’s just to keep you on your feet. @EDUCAUSE_HULK is a legend from the 2010 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. During last year’s conference, attendees noticed a curious participant in their Twitter chats. That’s right: @EDUCAUSE_HULK. Hulk shared his 140-character EDUCAUSE insights in limited superhero speak — OH, AND DID WE MENTION HE ONLY WRITES IN CAPITAL LETTERS?
If you want to get a sense of The Hulk’s style, here’s his Twitter bio:
EDUCAUSE HULK GO TO EDUCAUSE EVENTS! BE NICE! LOOK FOR EDUCAUSE HULK! EDUCAUSE HULK GREEN AND 8 FEET TALL! EASY TO SPOT! EDUCAUSE HULK FOLLOW BACK!
The feed was the brainchild of Michael Richichi, Director of Computing and Network Services at Drew University. If @EDUCAUSE_HULK’s recent tweets are any indication, it looks like he might be making an appearance at #edu11 as well!
General Session Speakers’ Twitter Feeds
A Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and a prolific tweeter and blogger, danah boyd will be leading an EDUCAUSE General Session talk on Thursday at 10:30 – 11:30 AM, entitled “Privacy in an Era of Social Media.”
Though author and entrepreneur Seth Godin doesn’t tweet, you can follow this Twitter handle, which retweets his blog posts. Seth will be leading a general session talk on Wednesday from 8 – 9:45 AM, entitled Invisible or Remarkable?.
If you’re interested in the U.S.’s IT-related initiatives, be sure to follow Aneesh Chopra, U.S. CTO, who will be leading a general session talk on Thursday from 9 – 9:50 AM, entitled “There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be an Innovator.”
Other Speakers’ Twitter Feeds
This isn’t by any means an exhaustive list, but if you’re planning on attending any of these speakers’ sessions, be sure to check them out on Twitter ahead of time. Consider it your homework.
William Allison, Director, Campus Technology Services University of California, Berkeley
Session: You Need to Go Mobile Now, but How? The UC/UCLA Mobile Web Framework
Lucy Appert, Director of Educational Tech, Liberal Studies Program, New York University
Session: The Sakai Open Academic Environment: Envisioning Learning, Curriculum, and Networking in a Global Context
Mark Askren, Chief Information Officer, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Sessions: Updating the Value Proposition: Using Services to Define Your IT Organization, Seminar 01A – Discussing the Big Questions for CIOs and Enterprise IT Leaders
Steve Brukbacher, UWM Security Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Session: Mitigating Cloud Security Risks Through the Right Partnerships
Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Session: Chronicle Tech Trends: Challenges for the Future “Unbundled” University
John Foliot, Manager, Stanford Online Accessibility Program, Stanford University
Session: Developers’ View of Web Accessibility: Pitfalls, Gotchas, and Solutions
Jude Higdon, Director of Innovative Learning and Academic Technology, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
Session: Opportunities and Challenges in Leveraging and Supporting Cloud Computing and Personal Devices
Bruce Maas, CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Session: The Right Stuff: Insights for Next-Generation Technology Leaders and the CIOs Who Mentor Them
Mark Milliron, Deputy Director, Higher Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Session: Analytics Today: Getting Smarter About Emerging Technology, Diverse Students, and the Completion Challenge
Jim Twetten, Director, Academic Technologies, Iowa State University
Session: Desperately Seeking Community: How to Create and Sustain Successful Ed Tech Collaboration
Don’t worry, we’ve put all these accounts and more onto this handy Twitter list for you: http://twitter.com/#!/knewton/educause2011