Twitter was one of those things I heard about and saw frequently, but I was never really sure what the attraction was. I am still not sure exactly, but time will tell.
The other day the writer of the One Mind blog commented on this blog, and when I looked at her site, she had written an entry on using Twitter in the classroom. It was intriguing, so I gave the service another look. I started my own and have been playing around with it. Here are some ideas I have had about it after using for one day.
I don’t think I would get my whole class to do it, because it would take too much time to monitor. I would probably go for the low tech notebook approach. I think it would take too long to evaluate entries. I would only suggest that students try it in English, because the entries are short, and it seems to be a format that would suit my students’ desire to keep in constant contact with friends. I really liked the idea in One Mind of using Twitter as a kind of concordance tool by searching for a specific word or phrase.
Since I started I have been trying to twitter in English and Japanese for my own language learning, and so I can have some experience of what my students may encounter with posting in their second language. That means that people have to look at two posts. Maybe I could alternate between English and Japanese, or write half in English, half in Japanese, but that would make for pretty short posts. I don’t want to go the extent of making two twitters.