10 Days of Twitter UOD Day 2: How to Write a Tweet

Welcome to Day 2! of 10 Days of Twitter for the University of Derby

This video will demonstrate how to produce and write content for your Twitter profile.

Some Examples found in the video:

  1. Write a simple message, this could be about what you are doing and if you are going to any relevant events. 
  2. Crowd Source, asking and engaging our audience in a poll. 
  3.  Using daily Trends to see what people are interested in. Use hashtags and writing content about the top trends from the home page, if they are relevant to you.  
  4. Retweet a piece of content that is appropriate and interesting for your audience. 
  5. Links from a website or page, that you again find is useful and interesting. 

Other examples: 

  1. Live tweet an event, which is tweeted for a certain amount of time. 
  2. Send Direct Messages (DM) to someone privately about your chosen topic. 
  3. @ message directed to someone. Ask someone a question, comment or reply to a tweet. 

Tip: Remember to use hashtags # and @name to connect with other profiles on Twitter in Tweets. 


Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

Ten Days of Twitter has been adapted by Technology Enhanced Learning for use at UOD, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

We are extremely grateful for the work put in by Helen Webster, the LD5Digital Things team and the University of Sussex’s Technology Enhanced Learning Team, and for sharing their great resources with the community!

10 Days of Twitter UOD: How to make an account and profile

Welcome to the the 10 Days of Twitter for University of Derby

Over the next 10 working days, we will show you how to create a professional Twitter account/profile, and how to make this effective as as a student or member of staff.

Twitter is a social media platform, that Is well known and used to microblog about various topics. However, many businesses and individuals are using Twitter to established and promote themselves on.  With over 300 million monthly active users on twitter, it can be a useful tool for anyone to use.  

Day 1: How to make a Twitter Profile 

This short video will teach you how to make a Twitter account. With all the basics of how to get started to make your profile look more attractive and professional. Starting a Twitter account can therefore be a useful tool, especially whilst at University, after when you have graduated or even as a member of staff. 


Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

Ten Days of Twitter has been adapted by Technology Enhanced Learning for use at UOD, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

We are extremely grateful for the work put in by Helen Webster, the LD5Digital Things team and the University of Sussex’s Technology Enhanced Learning Team, and for sharing their great resources with the community!

REVIEW: Office Mix for PowerPoint

Supporting the teachers and students when it comes to interaction, Office Mix transforms Power Point presentations into online lessons.

The tool might be useful for someone who wants to deliver a lesson, or a training for example, but has no knowledge of video editing.

Office Mix offers a wide range of tools, created to help those who struggle making presentation and it even integrated a few new options, which PowerPoint does not have.

Apart from the fact that the presentation you will be creating can be available online, you can also screen record, digital ink, add audio and video, add quiz, play at a slower or a faster speed and many more other options.

For installing Office Mix, you need to have the PowerPoint version from 2013, or a newer one.

You can download Office Mix from here:  https://mix.office.com/

The setup is very simple to install and you can use it right away.

The tool opens with a few instructions for you to understand what is it about.

For a more detailed introduction to Office Mix, check out their tutorials right here: https://mix.office.com/watch/7o6kt118pguk .

(Welcome to Office Mix! In this quick tutorial you will learn how to install the Office Mix add-in, how to record audio and inking and lastly, you will learn how to securely upload and share your mix. Happy mixing!)

User guide


Go to Insert and click on Audio. You will find two options there. If you want to upload an audio file from you PC click on the first option, but if you want to record, click on Record Audio.


Go to Insert and click on Video. There will be two options. Either you upload a video from your PC, wither one from YouTube or any other site which provides you the embed code.


Go to Draw for using the digital ink tool. You will find there quite a few options, from different types of Pens, Colours and Thickness, to Eraser or Lasso Select (which helps you move/delete everything you select at once). Click on Draw with Touch to start drawing.
















  • QUIZ

Go to Mix and click on Quizzes Video App. You will be able to see a few quiz options. Choose one, trust it and you can now see how the quiz will look like. Fill the quiz questions and answers, adjust or move the quiz if you want to, but do not forget to preview it and make sure everything is in its place.

Here is a short tutorial, for a better understanding of this tool: https://mix.office.com/watch/xnj2969nukmb?lcid=1033 .



Go to Mix a click on Upload to Office Mix. The process is not too complicated, but check out this short tutorial that shows you what can you do after uploading the presentation online.

Here is the tutorial: https://mix.office.com/watch/s5fz3htbj72d?lcid=1033 .

What’s in your pocket?

What's in your pocket?

Have you ever left your phone at home and felt that you have had a limb taken away from you? 4 out of 5 UK adults apparently now have a Smartphone so the TEL team asked the Student Digital Champions to let us know what apps they use regularly on their Smartphones.

So…What’s in your pocket?



I use WhatsApp to message friends and family, as it is a good way to stay connected. Its multi-purpose aspects transform the traditional messaging app into phone calls, video messaging and as an image sender. This makes the app more useful and appealing to use. I use this app if I am abroad or if family go abroad to make phone calls and to stay in contact. I normally use the app every day to stay connected to friends.


SpotifyI use Spotify to explore new music, listen to chart music and to keep me motivated when going to the gym with the playlists. I enjoy using Spotify for the simplicity of finding artists and music using the search engine, or by browsing the playlists. I use the app when I am at home, studying, chilling out or at the gym as a motivation

Santander appSantander

As a student, this app is very useful, it helps me to see how much money I have in my bank account; as well as to see the different transactions made. As a student, we tend to borrow money so it is very ideal and convenient to send people money in the comfort of your own home. I use this app a few times a week to check my balance, which in turn helps me monitor and manage my money at University better.


YouTubeThis is by far my favorite app; I use the YouTube app for entertainment and educational purposes. I enjoy watching other YouTubers and finding viral videos. Additionally, I enjoy using YouTube as an educational platform. As a visual learner, I enjoy watching videos and find it easy to learn about new topics. I use the YouTube app every day to watch various genres of content.

VeronicaI love music, taking pictures, and making videos of things that catch my attention. The apps that I use the most will have to be my Music app, Snapchat, Notes, Calculator, Afterlight, Lloyds Bank, Twitter, Tumblr and the university’s mobile app.

These apps perform different functions for me with regards to how I feel or where I am.

Music app- This has a variety of songs from all genres so if I have heard a song I like, I can search the name and start to listen for however long.

Snapchat- This combines messaging, and the camera features with amazing filters. I have started a YouTube channel where I share things I am passionate about. The videos and pictures I take/save on this app, I combine to tell a story and publish. However, this app takes up a lot of space so I have to delete once in a while and focus on other things.

Notes- I am always thinking about something and I do not like to forget so I have sort of turned my notes app to my little creative corner. I write down ideas, to do’s, assignment titles or deadlines.

Calculator- Let’s just say my mental math needs a little bit of work lol. I reach out for this app when I am at the stores mostly to get those figures right before I get to the till to pay.

Afterlight- This is a photo editor app. It helps me to edit my pictures to my liking and share on my social media.

Lloyds Bank- This mobile app shows my bank statement and my current and savings balance so that I can budget properly.

Twitter- I use my twitter to interact with my followers, share my thoughts and gather opinions. Also, primary research for my dissertation; there is an option to create polls e.t.c so I plan to use that to gather information for my project.

Tumblr- Tumblr is sort of a digital journal for me. I share posts, music, projects I’ve worked on e.t.c I love to look back on my posts and appreciate growth.

University’s Mobile app- This app has saved me so many times. I get notifications as soon as they are published. I do not always carry my laptop around but I have my phone so I can quickly search course resources and find out what time my class is and what my tutor has asked us to prepare for the next class.

There are 5 apps which I use most frequently: The Google App, Drive Mode, IFTTT, Unibus Finder and Wunderlist. While the Google App seems quite self-explanatory, there are some features which I find most useful. Firstly, the app updates in real time, providing me with information about my likely travel plans, such as estimated time of arrival and level of traffic. Secondly, the app collates various bits of information such as dates of renewal and estimated arrival times for various online orders. Finally, the app allows voice search and the ability to control my phone with my voice.   
Drive Mode
is an app which is native to AT&T phones. It automatically detects when the user is driving an prevents the phone from easily being used, while this is great, in terms of increasing aggregate driver safety, the main benefit for me is the lack of notifications and the automatic text responses which allow people trying to contact my that I am driving.

IFTTT is an interesting app. It stands for ‘If this, then, that’. It can be used to program automatic actions on your phone, online accounts and various other things such as digital lighting as an example. My main use for it is to automatically turn the sound off on my phone when I enter University and to turn it back on when I leave university.

Unibus Finder is quite a basic app which does what it says it does. I simply use it to try and best time catching Unibuses.

Wunderlist is a very useful app which is essentially a to-do list app. My main reason for using this above any other to-do list app is because Wunderlist has a Google Chrome extension, which replaces the new tab screen allowing me to see all my to-do lists.

I have the usual run of student apps on my phone: Derby uni app (naturally), two mail apps (servicing different accounts – googlemail gets my forwarded unimail and my hotmail account my personal stuff), some games, as well as a photo editor, FX. I use my phone quite a bit for photos but my shots always need tidying up.

Messenger is on there reluctantly as it drinks more power than I drink coffee on a Monday morning, and that is saying something.  It is there only while I work through a couple of projects and then it will be removed. It will not be missed. Likewise, facebook and other social media I only use via a browser because of their thirst for power, so that while I use them a lot, you’ll never guess from my home screen. Pocket is my fave pocket app. It allows me to send an article, video or image to a directory for later – just like grabbing a copy of something and putting it in my pocket for me to read over yet another cup of coffee. I have copies of this on my laptop and tablet so that they all synced and by tagging entries, I can keep my list of places to check out for vacations separate from essay research etc.

I have got the Microsoft and Google applications  on my phone which I mostly use for assignment checking and notes when I get a quick idea on the move. I mostly use OneNote to definitely note my little thoughts that can probably leave the moment my attention is drawn somewhere else. If I use PowerPoint and Word for anything special I can edit it on the go as well and not wait till I get on my laptop.

Google maps is like my escort when I go to a new place and I also use it to get the earliest bus to and from home so that I don’t keep bus times in my head and get home early still, since I have three buses I can use to get home.

I am not much of a social media person but to communicate with people I use WhatsApp and Messenger.

Instagram is like a news app for me, short and precise videos and thoughtful pictures without too much reading of it and if I need more then I go where I can have more of it and I post a  few pictures when I am in the mood for pictures and check up on some of my few friends around the world.

Bank apps are as good as walking around with my money but just in numbers and I can get to send and check payments anywhere I am, I use two banks Lloyds and Barclays Bank.

I figured that Netflix is big and I have an account but those two I have on my phone are lovely, you don’t get all the latest movies but definitely you get up to date series for free with Show Box and Cartoon HD and if I feel like watching these on a bigger screen I can use All Cast or Screen Mirroring for Samsung.

I am a guy of faith so I carry around a pocket bible as well for reading and reference to the bible whenever I have the feeling to.

Even if I have loads of apps on my phone, I can say that I am probably only using half of them. When I have free time, I always look on my phone to discover something new. I still have a lot to learn about it.

All my apps are organised by categories. The social apps that I am using daily are Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Yahoo Mail.

Facebook is usually used for chatting and posting photos or sharing articles, while Snapchat is often used for chatting as well, but also for creating stories with photos and videos. Instagram is my favourite app when it comes to posting photos and for checking my emails I use Yahoo Mail.

Even though the apps mentioned before are complex, I am also using Twitter, Skype and WhatsApp, even if it’s mostly the same thing, but on a different platform. This is because, as a becoming journalist, I like to have a wide knowledge when it comes to social apps, and I like to extend my profile as much as I can, so I can create contacts from different backgrounds.

YouTube is not missing from my list, but I am not using it that much on my phone.

Because photography is my passion, I downloaded couple of apps for editing photos, and some of them are even for sharing the photos and create an online portfolio, like Instagram is almost doing. For example, VSCO is becoming more and more popular lately, as well as Snapseed and Darkroom.

There are also apps like Pinterest, that I am using for inspiration; Bitmoji which creates you own avatar and works as an extension to Snapchat; DJI GO for filming with an Osmo camera or a drone; WhatsCall helps me place calls using the internet, even if I don’t have credit on my phone.