We have been overwhelmed by the take-up and interest in our Twitter app since its launch and the post on the Teacher Toolkit blog. It seems that the beta version is already useful in helping teachers to find good people to follow, which is fantastic news.
Being honest, we weren't sure how (or if) people would use the app so didn't spend a huge amount of time on the options. We apologise for not having a full list of subjects; these are currently being added on request. We will soon be starting work on version 2.0 and want to make sure that it's even more useful than the current version. Having had lots of interest from overseas teachers we will be making the next version international.
Apart from improving the look and functionality, we will be adding more searchable options, while trying to retain the simplicity. It's really important that this time we get the data structure right, so we are opening it up for feedback and discussion here, using the commenting system below. Please add your thoughts and opinions and we will do our best to make everyone happy (though that can't be guaranteed!).
The app populates the following fields by calling the Twitter API:
Tweets, Followers, Following, Location In version 1, you can choose from the following subjects:
Design and Technology
Here are the proposals and questions we need to answer for version 2:
Any missing subjects?
What should we do with things that aren't really subjects, like SEN, Leadership, ICT - create a separate field or add a few key areas to the main subject list?
We intend to add a 'Phase' field, containing the UK Key stages
...And a country field (in addition to the current API-populated Location field)
Since the next version will be international, we want everything to be 'mappable'. You will select the country first, so depending on your response, the options will be presented as, for instance, Math instead of Maths. Most of these will be straightforward, but I have no idea what the equivalent of PSHE is in the States, nor exactly how Computing is referred to.
We also want to map the Key stages and find a simple way of breaking up the phases of education that works for everyone. The following is not 100% accurate but it's probably close enough for our purposes:
Early Years = Pre-school
Key stage 1 = Kindergarten
Key stage 2 = Elementary
Key stage 3 = Middle School
Key stage 4 = High School - Freshman / Sophomore
Key stage 5 = High School - Junior / Senior
Finally, should the number of selections of subjects be limited? If so, what should be the maximum? Many thanks for any feedback. We look forward to launching BATTT 2.0 to the World!