Educating Students using Twitter

twitter11By Paul Silli

Your students have already gone home for the day, and you forgot to remind them that homework is due tomorrow. A state of frustration runs through your mind knowing this assignment is key for them to turn in because it’s a major component of their final project. What can you do? Twitter them! Twitter has become one of the most popular micro-blogging applications. It is a free Web 2.0 service with near one million users called “twitterers” who can send and receive text messages via the web, short message service (SMS), and by instant messaging through cell phone communications.


For example, if you did forget to inform your students about an assignment, all you would have to do is login to your twitter account, type the message in the text box (you are allowed 140 characters per message), and then send the message directly to your students via cell phone text messaging. As you may know cell phones are a great educational tool – and just about every student has one. Using them as activity reminders is a wonderful, innovative method.


For students to get your messages they would need to subscribe to your twitter “feedwhich is a free application where students are only charged by their text messaging service which in most cases, they already have… I’m sure you’ve seen them texting messages to their friends all over campus. 🙂 


What exactly is Twitter?

According to Wikipedia online, twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets while on the internet or by use of a mobile phone service. Tweets are text-based posts which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.


For the past year many educators as well as popular newspapers, and TV shows have been using Twitter to connect with one another to share ideas and resources.


How to Sign Up for Twitter?

To get an account simply create an ID, password, and have a valid email address. Once logged in you can add pictures to your profile, and customize your color background. Then you can get online to find friends within the twitter network. To broaden your network tell your friends, co-workers and students to create a twitter account, and then they can subscribe to your feed so you can communicate with each other.


→ How else can Twitter be used in Education? Please add your comments.



7 Responses to “Educating Students using Twitter”

  1. Rael Jordan Says:

    Twitter is fun, but can get you into trouble with text message charges. Watch your limit account.

  2. Shasta Grim Says:

    Should kids be allowed to bring a cell phone to School?
    Cell phones today seem to be a big talk among teachers and parents. “Should kids be allowed to bring cell phones to School?” an article written by Paul Silli, talks about why some people say yes, and why others say no. There were several issues brought up in this article. One issue brought up was “what if there was an emergency?” Some people replied by stating “there is an office phone for the kids to use. “What if the student forgot that he/she had an after-school activity or program to attend, and the office was closed or the phone was occupied?” asked Paul Silli. Others think differently about the cell phones being allowed in school. Some parents want their kids to have a cell phone in school with them in case the parent needs to get hold of the child ASAP. Other people say “No”, because a child’s feelings may get hurt by not having the right style of phone or a phone in general. Parents and teachers are worried that the cell phones may get stolen or broken in school. Paul Silli states, “the schools don’t want that on their shoulders.”

    I feel that kids should be allowed to carry a cell phone with them to school. What if there is an emergency? Wouldn’t you, as an adult, like to know? What makes kids so much less than adults in not being allowed carry a cell phone in school? Try telling an adult to not carry his/her cell phone! The issue should be equal for both children and adults.

    Shasta Grim

  3. kyle nokes Says:

    i dont like twitter. it is whack.

  4. marissa m Says:

    i think that this is a good idea cuz i will help keep kids reminded about there homework and it will help them out

  5. lauren o Says:

    i think itz a good idea so that ppl will alwayz hav a reminder and wont forget

  6. Panikattacken Says:

    This design is wicked! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

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