I have been thinking a bit about Twitter and evaluating its usefulness to me as a teacher.
Firstly, it is invaluable as a means to come across different ideas. This is especially the case when people link their twitters to a url or blog post.
Secondly, with certain apps it has this neat function which updates your Facebook status which is another step in meshing (yeh I know mashing I mean) together different Web 2.0 tools I use
Thirdly, as a social networking tool it works well for people I know. However, for those I don’t know that well it takes a while to see the whole context of their online existence.
Fourthly, I like the way you can import your address book – though I am not sure those in my address book like it 🙂
Fifthly, all of the above is fun and great for my professional development.
Sixthly, I need to get twitter behind the firewall for it to be more useful for me in the classroom. I have now got blogs behind the firewalls. I am working on a student centred Personal Learning Environment (PLE) which I can see would be really enhanced with some sort of Twitter type application.