Using Twitter

This week I was officially awarded a Professional Development Grant, which will make my travel to San Fran for 4Cs much easier on the wallet. I’m also 1 week away from receiving final exam essays from the students I asked to start Twitter accounts. Their responses will be the basis of my presentation, and I already know that I’m going to continue with this research next semester b/c I’ve learned so much from them in terms of what their 1st semester college freshman experiences.

This semester I let students protect their updates and only follow me as a way to let them explore the informal writing space; however, I think next semester I will require students to follow all their peers in class too. That way, especially for my online writing courses, we can build community and more easily and quickly share resources. The discussion board posts can evolve to be more formal writing responses and Twitter can remain informal.

More on this once I see if my current students even feel that maintaining the timeline helped them reflect on their tech literacy, but here’s a video created by the folks at Twitter about how and why some people use the microblogging tool. If you notice, nearly everyone is updating from their phones…something I plan to point out to my students!

How Do You Use Twitter? from biz stone on Vimeo.

6 thoughts on “Using Twitter

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  2. Twitter has become very important tool for many organizations, it comes in handy when we have to update our customers or relatives very urgently. Besides we can use it free of cost.

  3. Hi, I discovered your blog via Twitter! that’s one of my favorite things about it. I have been too lazy to enable updating via my Blackberry. I’m sure it’s not impossible, but it’s too had to do without my reading glasses on (an age difference between this user and your student pool!). I am hesitating over asking my students to use Twitter in class because I’m trying out so many new things, but I will explain it to them and see if they already do it or are interested.

  4. What sucks for me is that nobody I know is on Twitter! Many of them are just catching up on the Facebook craze, LOL. Guess my friends aren’t techno-savvy enough..

  5. I think that it is awesome that you are begging to help get your students more into social networking to develop their skills.

    Very cool idea!

  6. Twitter is one of my favourite places to go on the web. It’s such an interesting tool and you can reach everyone with the push of a button. No wonder it’s overtaking some other web technologies.

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