This post will review a few of these options, but remember, these may change further. N.B. If you don't want to read it all, scroll down to the bottom and watch the screencast...
There are a number of Twitter Widgets that can be customised (colours, etc) and embedded in Moodle. Access these by going into your Twitter settings (accessible via the cog icon in the top right), and clicking into Widgets.
You can create 4 different types of 'timeline' widget based on what it is you want to achieve;
- User Timeline - display tweets from a particular user's timeline
- Favourites - display a particular user's favourited tweets
- List - display tweets from members of a particular twitter list
- Search - display tweets matching a particular hashtag (#).
The major difference since the API changes, is the requirement of a Domain. If you wanted to embed the widget into a Moodle unit would need to enter the domain. e.g. moodle.mmu.ac.uk (you don't need to include the 'http://www' here.
When you are finished customising the widget, click the 'Create' button and you will see the HTML code that can be copied and pasted into Moodle (more on this later)...
The four options here are to create buttons to carry out a specific function;
- Share a link
- Follow a user
- Tweet a Hashtag
- Mention a user
Each button has options to customise, e.g. links, hashtags, usernames, etc. Again, this shows a Preview window and provides the HTML code that can be copied and pasted into Moodle.
What to do with the HTML code
- Decide where you want the widget/button to appear e.g.
- in a label within a week/topic (Add a resource > Label)
- or in a HTML block in the right hand column (Blocks > Add > HTML)
- You should see the pretty standard HTML editor (unless you are using Google Chrome). Look for the 'Toggle HTML Source' button on the editor toolbar - It looks like this: < >
- Pressing the 'Toggle HTML Source' button deactivates most of the buttons and leaves the plain HTML text view. This is what Google Chrome users would automatically see, as HTML editors in general have problems with Chrome (one of it's few downsides)
- Go ahead a paste the HTML code that you copied from the Twitter website, and click 'Save'.
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