By far one of the biggest developing communication mediums on the internet these days is twitter. With an alexa traffic rank of 26 (link), it is undoubtedly quite popular. Also, the other existing mediums that are utilising the service is extraordinary. Many live TV programs I have watched recently have had Phone, E-mail and twitter as interaction mediums, its quite the fashion.
So, how can we use it for learning? In a previous post I mentioned how twitter can be used for research, but it is so much more. The fact that it can be used for research is testament to how much information is on there that users have posted, it was only a short time ago that twitter emerged into the mainstream headlines as the platform that brought us the story of the New York plane crash.
But, what is twitter? A great video (below) shows the service off in a simplistic and understandable way:
So, back to education. It is a distribution method, how can we utilise this? The best way I feel is to get a conversation going outside the classroom. Yes there are other ways of doing this, but none have the commercial appeal and fashion that is associated with twitter, and as we know, our students love consumerism!
Why not create an account, or a seperate additional one and get all students to do the same and follow each other? This easily then facilitates a conversation, links them into a global network and gets them thinking outside the box. There are multiple twitter clients that support multiple accounts, so it is easy to flick between your personal twitter feed and ‘learning feed’ arent we used to this in email?
Another great post around this topic here.