You definitely could. However, using something like Twitter could embolden the quieter/less-likely-to-speak-up student. It also allows others in the world potentially to join in the conversation. Take this forum for example - I started it so that the teachers at Salem High School could share their thoughts about the tablets they are playing with. We could have done that in-house. But because we used this forum, we have had amazing ideas, suggestions, comments from educators across the country. I would see a Twitter conversation as:
1. More fun in the kids' eyes
2. More inclusive
3. Harder to not participate in
4. Harder for one person to dominate - we've all had classes like this
5. A great brainstorming/discussion starter technique - people can respond to other people's response
6. A way to connect what the class is doing with the rest of the world
I'd probably have the Twitter response be the Do Now/Bell Ringer activity that then led into the larger, deeper, and more traditional classroom discussion.
Give it a shot and let me know how it works. I think all your ideas are good but from the perspective of management and value to the student, I am not convinced. I have considered doing this type of stuff inside the forum in Moodle but it just keeps coming back as alot of time and management for very little payoff, in other words there is not much of a cost benefit in tweeting opposed to just setting up a forum where thier responses could be longer and still include multipe kids but with much deeper thought involved. I like trying new stuff so I totally think you should do it if you think it can work.
for the students
for the teacher
Does anyone out there have a list of procedures or practices they used when implementing a 1:1 tablet initiative?
Rules for kids?
Communications with parents/community?
Procedures for lost/broken/stolen tablets?
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!