Following a chat with Tony C and some prompting from Tom Barrett's collaborative Twitter resource, I posted yesterday about creating fictional characters in Twitter that could be used as an educational resource. As my Twitter alter-egos, I have come up with the phrase "twalter-ego" to describe them...

I have now created the first of these: each character your create needs a different e-mail account to log in and create. The idea is to build up a character profile over time before 'releasing them' on the students, who could then be asked to engage with the characters in a number of ways.

What ideas do you have for how the students might interact with the characters ?

Some initial thoughts:
a) go through previous tweets and collate information on the background to the characters
b) prepare questions to ask them
c) suggest the next few weeks activity that might happen
d) create some new interactions between the characters that have been mentioned so far
e) produce a resource that the character could have created for a particular audience and shared via a social web tool
f) write a letter to / from the character on a related issue
g) create a new character who interacts with the character that has been created: a neighbour / colleague / relative (depending on the nature of the original character)

Frank is a pensioner from Rotherham, who has just sold his house and is going to move to a new house on the East Yorkshire coast.
You can follow FRANK on his Twitter account - the idea is to build up a range of details on the characters' life, to allow for some interaction and data collection.
For example here is the website of the village where Frank is moving to: Aldbrough on the Holderness Coast.
I am going to try to flesh Frank and his family out over the next few months...

Here's a GOOGLE MAP of the house that Frank has 'bought' and will 'move in to' in about 2 weeks time.

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I also really liked this mock-up of a twitter page from the 1600s - think that has possibilities as well.

Here's an interesting document on the potential educational impact of Twitter...
Can we use Twitter for educational activities?