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Have students tweet as a historical character (either real or fictional). Their tweets must be historically accurate in terms of details and language. A couple of good examples include Charles Darwin (@cdarwin) and C.S. Lewis (@cslewis).
I think it is a great idea. If you can "force" students to collaborate... go for it. When I taught high school I had many students who weren't willing to talk and share in the class because they weren't comfortable sharing their thoughts in an open forum. If you are discussing poetry in class, you could split the class in two or three groups and have each group work on something very specific. Have questions or prompts ready for the groups and make sure that you have permission from their parents, you monitor the responses, and only use twitter during class hours as a group. Never communicate with students from home, late at night.
From experience I can tell you that students that are not very talkative will open up and share with their group.
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