Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Twitter 101

Twitter might become a weekly topic at The Scholastic Scribe. Ah, the irony...writing more words about Twitter than a single Tweet can hold!

The latest on the Little Blue Bird is that it's becoming an educational tool. Yup, you've got that right, Scribe Fans. Twitter...right up there with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. As Our Humble High School's Computer Guru wrote in a staffwide e-mail the other day, "Social networking is alive and well. Whether we like it or not, it is fast becoming part of the educational process."

She even posted the link for a
Twitter Cheat Sheet. Encouraging teachers to cheat...the very idea!

I can see using Twitter at the college level, as the Chronicle of Higher Education reports in its article
"The Wired Campus," for social...& intellectual...interaction. I might even give it a whirl in AP English Lang. But I can see lots & lots of downsides if a professora were to involve Our Humble High School's Unwashed Masses in this type of social interaction.

And right now, Mrs. Scribe is still trying to sort out Friend from Follower. Tweet from Twit. Tweeps from Peeps. Oh, but I did learn a couple of Twitter No-No's today:

  • Never Tweet about food or the weather. Boring, even for Twitter. And NEVER tweet about bathroom habits. Hmmmmmmmm...pretty sure this is a "Duh, Now Moment," but folks will "unfollow" you for the latter.
  • Don't Tweet more than 10 times a day, or 5 times an hour. Apparently there is such a thing as overload...even on Twitter.

In the meantime, Tom Barrett has put together a pretty neat slideshow that explains 22 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom.

Mrs. Scribe might just give it a whirl. Might be a tad more educational than watching "The Office" on Hulu, huh? In the meantime, you can reach me on Twitter. I'm MrsScribe.

14 comments:

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

So many things to keep up with. Twitters, Tweets, Facebook, Blogs, etc.
UGH. LOL.
Popping in to say good morning. Happy Tuesday Sista Friend.

Veggie Mom said...

I Tweet, too, but really don't understand the entire concept. Wish someone would offer a class in Twittering!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

One of the things I really appreciate about you, Ms. Scribe, is your ability to have one foot in one world and one foot in another. Some teachers would completely scoff at the idea of tweeting. Others would jump so wholeheartedly into it that they would lose their place as reflective practitioner of EDUCATION. But somehow, you have have the gift of being able to step into the lives of your students and yet still be the teacher. BRAVO to you!!!

Lynda said...

Tweet, tweet!

Tiffany said...

I just started using Twitter, but I don't really get it. And I will be posting food related things - I have a food blog. I'll try to keep it sort of interesing. Most of the tweets I've seen though aren't very interesting. Maybe it will just take a while of using it to understand it.

Karen said...

Hmmmm ... so far I've successfully avoided tweeting or twittering or whatever it's called...

Not sure if you can do it on the computer or your mobile phone or what..

I'm having a hard enough time keeping up with my blog !! :-)

Tara R. said...

I have memberships in so many social networks that I never have used to their fullest potential, mainly because I have no idea how to...that and I have a job and a family. I know that my college kid could not function without texting.

HappyChyck said...

So, I should not tweet about what I ate for dinner? What about when I find ripe mangoes at a good price? That's twitter-worthy! No weather? I guess I'll just continue to complain about it on my blog, then! I keep forgetting that I am trying to twitter more often. Hopeless.

Susie said...

I tweet about food all the time:-) So far, no fallen twitters:-)

Blog Stalker said...

I still don't twitter or face-book or anything but email and blog. And I barely have time for that......Where do people find the time? At least you educated me a little more on what tweeting/twittering is. lol

Have a great day!

Marrdy said...

I hope you enjoy twitter. That and blogging and Facebook, it all makes me tired!

LadyStyx said...

Oh my oh my. Like I really need one MORE thing to keep me leashed to my computer all day....

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