I first published this post almost two years ago. You can see the responses were anemic at best. At that time, the most common reason for NOT using Twitter in education was that it was distracting–encouraged the wrong environment for students.
Now, Twitter has become accepted in schools, often a chosen method of communicating with parents. I’ve posted several articles about Twitter in Ed
…but it does so much more. Here are some reasons teachers tell me they use and love Twitter in their classroom:
- stay in touch with parents
- stay in touch with (older) students
- last-minute updates on projects, classwork
- kids have short attention spans–and Tweets must be short.
- teach students to write concisely, cogently
- collaboration among students
- kids love it–so they’ll read what you want to teach
Tell me why you use Twitter in your classroom ( or would if your Principal allowed it). If it’s not listed on the poll, add a comment at the bottom.
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.