With Twitter widgets you can embed live Twitter content in another webpage so that instead of looking at Twitter at Twitter.com you are looking at Twitter content in your own website (like a Canvas course website), in the sidebar of your blog, etc. etc. Here's a screenshot of a Canvas Page that has a Twitter widget; it's the Twitter stream for the weekly #FolkloreThursday event, which is always useful for my classes. Every time someone tweets a new item with that hashtag, it shows up automatically in my course space:
How does it work? You go to publish.twitter.com to create a widget, specifying the content you want to use. The content that I find most useful in widgets would be a handle (i.e. a specific Twitter account), a hashtag (like #FolkloreThursday above), a list (multiple Twitter accounts displayed as a single stream), or a moment (a group of individual tweets that you create tweet by tweet). I'll have more to say about each type of widget in future posts.
<a class="twitter-moment" data-dnt="true" href="https://twitter.com/i/moments/964963060015419392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">Myth-Folklore 3043</a> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
And I can then iframe that Canvas File into a Canvas Page using this HTML code which does not contain a <script> tag:
<p><iframe style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://canvas.ou.edu/courses/56095/files/9818553/download" width="600" height="11000"></iframe></p>
Here's the result:
Depending on when you click and go to the Canvas page, you may or may not see the same item here in the screenshot. The Twitter widget updates in near-real-time, which means that when I add a new tweet to this Moment and change the cover tweet (more about all that later), you will see something new... automatically.
And that is the value of Twitter widgets: they bring live content to your Canvas course space with just a single click as you tweet or retweet in the Twitter-verse. I'll have more to say about all of that in future posts. Meanwhile, feel free to chime in here with questions or ask me @OnlineCrsLady at Twitter. I'm hoping very much that in the process of "spring cleaning" my Twitter4Canvas materials, I can make them more useful and more user-friendly to all!