Embedding Twitter Timelines

Twitter users or enthusiasts may at times wish to embed a timeline into their website. I have done this a number of times but just recently took a look at the many options available for doing this.

You can view directions from Twitter as detailed below. It is super easy.

Places to add a Twitter Timeline:

  • Blog
  • Website
  • Email Newsletter

I created a timeline both via storify and via Twitter for World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 and the Visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia where I served as Digital Content Manager.

How to embed a timeline (via Twitter)

Embedded timeline widgets give you the ability to embed a collection of Tweets (known as a timeline) on your own website. There are four types of embedded timelines available, all of which look and feel like timelines on twitter.com:

User Timeline: Display public Tweets from any user on Twitter.

Favorites: Show all Tweets a specific user has marked as favorites.

List: Show Tweets from public lists that you own and/or subscribe to.

Search: Display customized search results in real time (perfect for live events, conferences, brands, etc.).

Note: Embedded timelines will only show content from users that have public Tweets. Content from users with protected Tweets are not compatible with any Twitter embedded timeline widgets.

To add an embedded timeline to your website:

Sign in to Twitter.

Go to your settings and select Widgets.

Click Create new.

Choose the type of embedded timeline you’d like and start to configure it:

For User Timeline, enter the username of the user whose Tweets you want to display.

For Favorites, enter the username of the user whose favorites you want to display.

For List, select a public list that you own and/or subscribe to in the drop-down menu.

For Search, enter your search query (for advanced searches, use Twitter’s search operators).

Make sure to select Safe mode if you want to exclude sensitive content, profanity, etc.

Customize the design by specifying the height, theme (light or dark), and link color to match your website. You can also configure your embedded timeline to auto-expand Tweets containing media.


An Idea with Wheels – Notre Dame’s ACE Bus

Recently, the ACE bus made a stop in Philadelphia at St. Francis de Sales school. Accompanying the many guests were representatives from local Archdiocesan schools and from Camden Catholic Schools. I had first learned about the project via Ricky Austin from ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education, University of Notre Dame). He shared the story of the ACE bus via the online discussion, #catholicedchat which meets every Saturday morning on twitter. I hoped that when the bus came to Philadelphia, I might be able to attend.

An Idea with Wheels

When first I heard about Notre Dame University’s ACE bus, the idea struck me as an ingenious one.
A bus traveling from school to school would put a spotlight on Catholic education from coast to coast. Genius! A bus traveling round and round and celebrating … then it struck me.

When I first started working as Director of Technology in the central office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2006, I spoke with Bishop McFadden who was at the time overseeing of Office of Catholic Education. He said it would be a great idea to get a bus and go from school to school showcasing all of the great teaching and learning with technology. As there were many other programs operating full speed at the time, the bus idea never did come to fruition. The idea remained in my mind. I think this is why the ACE bus struck a cord in me. The idea of going around the country highlighting Catholic Education was a great one!

Bishop McFadden, a great champion for Catholic Education , went from being Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia to Bishop of Harrisburg. He also headed the Catholic Education committee for USCCB. When I first got to the school, the first familiar face I saw was Sister Jane McFadden, IHM Vice Principal at St. Francis de Sales. She also is Bishop McFadden’s sister. Though Bishop McFadden passed away in May of this year, it seems he would have been quite happy to see this bus spotlighting Catholic Education rolling into his hometown of Philadelphia to music, cheers and smiles!


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Like an Orchestra

As students at the school waited and guests arrived at St. Francis de Sales in Philadelphia, there was much excitement in the autumn air. Big smiles were evident as children either carried flags, waved excitedly or prepared their instruments for play. The student orchestra played as the bus rolled down the street to cheers and applause from the crowd.

Visitors and students then gathered in the school hall. Sister Constance Marie, IHM talked about the founding of their school in 1904 by Irish immigrants and it’s history of serving area students. Sister Jane McFadden, IHM greeted guests from Philadelphia Archdiocesan schools and Camden Catholic Schools. Students processed in with flags representing many nations. In fact, St. Francis de Sales School welcomes students from 47 different nations. She also mentioned two Philadelphia saints –  St. John Neumann the founder of many Catholic Schools and St. Katherine Drexel who dedicated her life and resources to serving children and schools. Students sang a beautiful song in both Swahili and English with a chorus ringing – ‘We are marching in the light of God’.

Fr. Timothy Scully, founder of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), presented awards. Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford was given a Champion of Education award for his inspirational work and service. Christine Healy was given the University of Notre Dame’s Sorin Award for her service in sustaining and transforming Catholic Schools. Christine Healy is the Chairman of the Board for the Catholic Partnership Schools of Camden and founder of the Catholic School Development Program.

Fr. Louis DelFra currently working at ACE hails from the Philadelphia area. In attributing the benefits of Catholic education, he said that ‘Catholic Schools changed the trajectory is his life. He told the audience that the ACE gathers each and every Monday morning and prays for all Catholic Schools.

‘The sky is the limit in achieving your dreams.’ Jim Coyne graduate of St. Francis de Sales, Notre Dame University and Theology teacher at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield, Pa.

Catholic schools like orchestras are made up of many different people playing various roles- teachers, students, parents, parishioners, priests and bishops and more! Each does their part to contribute to the success of each school. They work daily to keep in tune with one another to make a wonderful sound! It is surely one worth listening to and continuing to develop!

The ACE bus tour touting Catholic schools and its visit to Philadelphia was quite an uplifting event. For those present, the happy sound of students cheering along with musical accompaniment was music to our ears. It seems pretty certain that Bishop McFadden would have liked it too!



Google Classroom Links

Google continues to roll out resources for classrooms making connections easier, learning faster and teaching more collaborative. Here are some recent favorites:


1. Google Classrooms http://connectedclassrooms.withgoogle.com/#

Google collaborates with museums, NASA and other organizations to provide virtual fieldtrips via hangout

2. Watch Going Google Video from TechForum http://www.livestream.com/techlearning/video?clipId=pla_819ba779-f5db-4430-9713-eb14776876ca&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb

Great advice for implementation and in classroom use examples are provided here.

3. Google Drive Preview – by Amy Mayer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C7DPA5JpZ4

Nice overview of how to use Google Drive

4. Google Search Lessons http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html

5. Google+ signup plus.google.com




40 Apps for the 4C’s of 21st Century Learning


  1. Facetime
  2. Skype https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype-for-iphone/id304878510?mt=8
  3. Google+ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google+/id447119634?mt=8
  4. Podcasts
  5. Audioboo https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audioboo/id305204540?mt=8
  6. Twitter https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitter/id333903271?mt=8
  7. Lino https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lino-sticky-photo-sharing/id416718906?mt=8
  8. Linkedin https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/linkedin/id288429040?mt=8
  9. EasyBib https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easybib/id436768184?mt=8
  10. Resume Builder https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/resume-mobile-professional/id517974972?mt=8


  1. Flickr
  2. Haiku Deck https://itunes.apple.com/app/id536328724
  3. SonicPics https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/animoto-video-maker/id459248037?mt=8
  4. Showme
  5. Educreations https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educreations-interactive-whiteboard/id478617061?ls=1&mt=8
  6. FontArt
  7. Fotobabble https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fotobabble/id353078443?mt=8
  8. Animoto https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/animoto-video-maker/id459248037?mt=8
  9. 3 Minute Retreat https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3-minute-retreat-enhanced/id364683715?mt=8
  10. Doceri https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doceri-remote/id412443803?mt=8&ls=1


  1. Dropbox
  2. Edmodo
  3. Ted Talks https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/animoto-video-maker/id459248037?mt=8
  4. Groupboard
  5. Screenchomp
  6. Lecture Tools
  7. Socrative
  8. QuickOffice
  9. My Big Campus https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-big-campus/id464196976?mt=8
  10. Cloud On

Critical Thinking

  1. Khan Academy
  2. Mind Meister
  3. Scoopit
  4. Flipboard
  5. Digg
  6. Audiobooks Free
  7. Common Core Standards https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/common-core-standards/id439424555?mt=8
  8. Kindle Reader
  9. ItunesU
  10. Ibooks