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.