Embed your Twitter Feed into a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

If you are a teacher who uses Twitter for teaching and whose institution has a virtual learning environment (VLE), such as Moodle or Blackboard, you may want to embed the feed into the VLE to give your students easier access to it if they themselves do not have a Twitter account.  I do this also so that there is one place to which I can direct my students to access all my electronic resources without needing to be very familiar with all of them.  If you would like to do this I have some instructions below, they are specifically for Moodle.  However, if you know your way around another VLE the same principles can be applied to it.

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At twitter.com

  1. Log into Twitter in a web browser.
  2. Click on Profile / Settings button.
    Choose “Settings” from the drop down menu.
  3. Click on “Widgets” in the menu (bottom left).
  4. Click “Create New”.
  5. Adjust settings for your new widget.
    I recommend the following for Moodle: Exclude replies, and 700 height.
  6. “Save changes”.  Then copy the html code.

Switch over to Moodle

  1. Login to Moodle, navigate to the course where you want the timeline embedded and click the “Turn editing on” button.
  2. Scroll to the section where you want to add the link for the timeline in the Moodle page.
  3. Click “+ Add activity or resource” and choose “Page” from the menu.
  4. Give the Page a name, e.g. Twitter Feed.
  5. Click the “html” button under “Page content”.
  6. Paste the html for the Twitter widget into this field.
  7. Click “Update” and then save the Page by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “Save and return to course”.
  8. Mission Accomplished!


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