Looks like opinions are shifting though. Personally I see the marketing and social aspects of twitter being as biggest piece, larger than the information piece. Along with you, I feel as though I am leaving the need to be on the cutting edge behind and shifting my focus back to the non-techie teacher as you have.
The gap between what is happening on Classroom 2.0 and what ordinary teachers (speaking elementary here) can realistically be expected to implement in their classrooms is growing wider. Twitter, Voicethread, YouTube, and many more tools used with regularity are blocked in my district. Most of our teachers do not have the basics like a laptop, projector or document camera. So, twitter? Not ready for it yet, it may still happen at some point down the road but I don’t see it in the next few years.
Information/content remains the important piece for me, I can still get that here and look forward to the day when an application surfaces that feeds my homepage with all of the content I get from different sources; bloglines, google docs, facebook, email, etc. I will leave you with this article. I enjoyed the idea of going green with information, especially today!
Hey- just what we were talking about this morning Stu...wondering about the true use of twitter and what this post refers to as noise- definitely NOISE. I was glad to see this http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/04/17/web-30-will-be-about-reducing-the-noise%e2%80%94and-twhirl-isnt-helping/
link that Elise posted.
TechCrunch has been talking about Twitter lately, if you haven't read the latest it is pretty interesting. I like the reference to noise. I couldn't help but make the connection between twitter noise, teacher noise, and student noise. TechCrunch's reference to Web 3.0 being about reducing noise and getting to the point at the same time struck a chord with me. Pardon the pun! Anyway, you can find the TechCrunch post here.