The above Slideshare is about why Twitter is useful to Educators.
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For me, I get enough new information each day, simply by “Googling”, belonging to a couple of knowledge-sharing communities, and following various special interest Blogs. My information needs are asynchronous, and I do not need the “up to the moment” information supplied by the likes of Twitter. In fact Twitter would simply be information overload for me: (four different email accounts to check each day is more than enough) !
But for those who want to set up an account and try out Twitter, then the link below to the wiki written by Sue Waters, supplies an excellent and quite comprehensive set of instructions:
The following Slideshare supplies some possible classroom uses for Twitter.
Students might be engaged while using Twitter, (since so many of them are “communication junkies”), but my concern would be whether they would stay on-task, or just drift off into the idle gossip and chit chat of "Twitter Land".
Twitter is not currently high on my list of activities for the classroom.
I have watched my son use Twitter to follow what famous You Tube movie makers in England are doing on a day to day basis. I'm not sure how I would go convincing him that Twitter is just as good for following what English scientists are currently up to.