It is… Twitter is 140 character miniblog that answers the question "What are you doing?". Each post is known as a tweet and users 'follow' the tweets of their network.
How can it be used in the classroom? Keep students connected through another line of communication. Group members will have an idea of what each other are working on. Communication for collaboration. Forces users to be brief and to the point. 140 character limit gives students direction rather than clog the discussion forums. Twitter can hold students accountable to what they are working on. Twitter can be used in a call to everyone for assistance like the bat signal was used for Batman.
Here are a few thoughts: I would say it has opened a whole new world for me- teachers flood it with things they are doing and tools they are using – sharing, software, sites, pictures, projects etc. @melhutch Twitter has allowed my parents who normally could not be a part of our classroom the opportunity to visit with us at any time. @sessmartypants I love how my students can network with other students in our school about learning. @pendergrasspals
Here are some of our tweets! PendergrassPalshad a most excellent time on the bowling trip today. My class got me the BEST gift! Thanks loves!5:43 PM May 13th from web SESSmartyPantsWe are getting ready to send home rest mats and work packs today! We have 4 more days until Kindergarten Recognition!9:30 AM May 11th from web Zac2001Zac is ready to play some baseball... Go Gators!10:43 AM May 9th from web SESSmartyPantsTrey-We went to the playground after lunch. I played with Katie. We just ranned around.
Twitter Glossary Twelepathy: is when a tweeter is so predictable that you can tell what they're going to tweet before they even tweet it Tweeps gansta for Tweeple. For those who you specifically talk to through twitter*sorry tweeps, but I got to get some sleepsSee Tweeps vs Tweeple Twidium is watching a game and twitting each play. Arsenal and Man U play to day I will meet you at the Twidium Tweeple peope who tweet and are twitters *rtwty is a request to have your tweet retweeted over and over. *Tweskank is someone who twitters while on a date.noun."That girl sitting in the corner with that cute boy, yeah she's such a tewskank.” Twexting is the act of tweeting via text messagingverb."twexting is easier for me since I am literally attatched to my phone." *tweeting, the definition of someone who is actually writing out their commentsverb"I'm tweeting right now, go away.” Twitphilia is a phsychological obsession with twitter and a compulsion to tweet."I don't sleep anymore since I can't update that way.” Twitanoia is an intense psychological aversion to all things twitter."You tweet?! OMG! Get away from me. I'll pray for you."