Tweet Homework assignments, classroom events, Classroom successes (make sure you have permission before using student names), have students tweet recall answers, exit polling, informal assessment, microblog a story... depends on what you want them to learn!
Hi Jenny, although I have used twitter for my own network for 18 months, I have only started using it in the classroom. I use it mainly for my students if they need resources, links or ideas. eg they were studying semantic award applications and gaming in educations. After a couple of tweets they had quite a few ideas and resources. It had been blocked for 6 months at school. Then we found it had become unblocked. You can read my post.
Once we found it was unblocked and students saw its power, they immediately joined themselves. So I want to work twitter a lot harder and am interested in the responses that you get to this post.discussion
I only recently joined twitter myself. I see some of the educational benefits of twitter, but is there a general consensus on whether it is a "safe" place to promote for student/classroom usage? Are there any best practices for keeping students safe on a site like twitter?
What about a site like edmodo.com instead of twitter? Is that a better alternative?
Interested to hear what people think of this issue.
Tim, I did not know about edmodo.com. I checked out the site, and it does appear to be a safer mode of communication for students. It might be an easier site to deal with instead of having to worry about safety. Thanks for the information.