Embedding Twitter Feeds within Canvas


Today we’re going to talk about embedding
social media tools in your course. You may think they’re just for socializing. But
tools like Twitter and Facebook can promote peer-to-peer and peer-to-instructor discussion.
Plus, they’re a great way to look cool in front of your students, and who doesn’t
want to be the cool teacher? So we’re going to look at Twitter, but this
process works the same for any social media tool or any application that works with Canvas,
so once you’ve mastered this you can use it to embed any application. So start by going
to the settings area in the bottom left hand corner of your course. Then click on the Apps
tab here. Now, what works best for me is to click on the link that says, Click here to
see some LTI tools that work great in Canvas. Click on this and it takes you to the Edu
Apps page. Scroll down and then click on the Twitter icon.
Scroll down and you see the URL, the configuration URL right here? Highlight it and copy it.
It’s going to become important in a minute. Go back to your apps page in your course and
click on view app configuration. This is where you’re going to find all of the apps that
are connected to your course. Here click on the blue button that says new app and that
opens up this window. So let’s name the App. We’ll call it Twitter. Now this is
a public application so you don’t need a consumer key or a secret key to get into it.
But you do need to enter something in the consumer key area or Canvas isn’t going
to accept the app. So I’m going to put the number 1. Scroll down to configuration type
and go to URL and then paste in the configuration URL into the configuration URL window. And
then click submit. So now you can see that Twitter is enabled
in you course. So now you’re configured. But what about that Twitter feed? That’s
super easy to set up. First you start a page in Canvas and put it in edit mode. You can
see there’s one here but we’re going to go ahead and edit that page and take you through
the process and delete that. See the blue bird here in the rich text editor in edit
mode? This means Twitter is configured. Click on the bird and you’ll get a box that says
embed Twitter results. So what’s that? Well, this window is where
we’re going to put the code for the Twitter results for this page. But we do need to tell
Twitter what to look for. So let’s log into Twitter. Yes, you will
need a Twitter account to use this but it takes about 30 seconds to set one up. So now
I’m in my account now and I’m going to click on the gear here in the top right hand
corner and scroll down to settings. In this window I’m going to select widgets right
here and then create new widget. The widget is what is going to appear in your
course. So let’s click search right here and we’re going to create the search parameters
related to this widget. It’s usually hashtag something as you can see right here. The search
term should be something that relates to your course content. In this case I’m going to
search hashtag WorldSeries because that’s just what happens to be going on right now.
You can see there are other options pon this page, but the default options work just fine
in Canvas. So once you’re happy with the settings you can click on Create Widget.
See that code in the bottom right corner? That’s our embed code. Highlight it and
copy it, then go back to your Canvas course and paste that embed Twitter results code
in your embed Twitter results box and click add.
And it’s a big yellow box. Congratulations. Actually, no what we need to do is click on
save changes. Once the page recycles you have a Twitter feed based on the results you used
in your hastag. That’s it. Five minutes of work and you’ve
connected with your students in a meaningful way that communicates with them using a tool
they already understand and use. That’s our training for today. I look forward to
working with you in future sessions.

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