It seems like people have mixed feelings about Twitter: to use or not to use? I personally believe in the use of Twitter to grow personal learning networks, and I understand the capabilities for literacy learning it provides to students who are already familiar with the micro-blogging tool. While Twitter by itself provides some great opportunities for collaborative learning with students, there are a number of apps that enhance that process.
Here are five of the most useful ones I have found:
- PollDaddy – allows users to create polls and post them easily on Twitter for other users to take (polls can be either multiple choice or open-ended)
- Outwit Me – source of hundreds of fun and intelligent games like hangman, trivia quizzes, word scrambles and puzzles, and more that users can play via Twitter responses
- Plinky – posts a new writing prompt or challenge question each day that users can respond to with text, images, audio and more (this would be a great Do Now! activity, even if you choose not to use it with Twitter)
- Twuffer – allows users to pre-create tweets and set up future post dates (this would be especially great for educators posting about future tests or assignments)
- GroupTweet – allows multiple users (2-1000) to tweet from the same account, facilitating discussions within one Twitter account (this would be especially useful in the classroom, as you can see in more detail here)