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1 Definition

“Is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via SMS, instant messaging or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook.” (Ramsden, 2008/Wikipedia).

2 In education

Daniel K. Schneider thinks that twitter replicates very much what people do with SMSs and instant messaging. Therefore one could use this technology to implement mobile learning/ubiquitous learning type of things, e.g.:

  • data gathering scenarios (learners send data about something they observe to a central place)
  • ideas gathering (including back channels for classroom and lecture hall teaching.

Furthermore, this kind of microblogging

  • what is hot/going on in large multi-session conferences
  • to rely important last minute informations / reminders to students

Since messages are very short, they also can be sent from a cell phone.

3 Links

4 Examples

5 Bibliography

  • Ramsden, Andy (2008). How and why are people using Twitter: A small group study. Technical report, University of Bath, Abstract_/PDF