[<< wikibooks] Introduction to Information Literacy in the K12 Classroom/Chapter 6.5
== Overview ==
Socializing is becoming more and more important in the digital age.  Being able to communicate in real time at anytime makes socializing easier and more effective.  Twitter, the  idea which came from Jack Dorsey, makes these interactions possible.  Individuals are able to post comments in 140 words or less.  These short interactions enable people to communicate quickly and at anytime.  Using Twitter as an educational tool extends the classroom beyond the classroom by allowing students to communicate with each other and the instructor at anytime and in any place.


== Personal Accounts ==
The article Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence lists several typical experiences of students and teachers using Twitter:
“A student is reading something in the textbook and has
a question about the chapter on multimodal learning.
She immediately tweets (i.e., posts) her question to the
Twitter community, and gets three responses within ten
minutes)-two responses from classmates, and one
from Joni (her professor). This leads to several
subsequent posts, including comments from two
practicing professionals.”
“A student is working on an assignment and is
wondering about embedding music into a slideshow
presentation. He tweets a question to the group and gets
a response from Patrick (his professor) and a practicing
professional. Both point the student to different online
resources that explain how to embed music and provide
examples to deconstruct. Within a half hour, the student
has embedded music in his slideshow presentation.”
“A student finds a great video about storyboarding on
YouTube and posts the URL to Twitter. Her find is
retweeted (i.e., reposted) three times because others also
think the video is great and worth sharing.”


== Benefits ==
Twitter offers many benefits to the education experiences.  It creates a place where information can be communicated timely.  If students have a question or concern, they can tweet their question and receive responses very quickly.  The simplicity of Twitter makes it appealing.  Students and teachers can communicate easily in an informal way.  Twitter, by connecting a broad variety of people, provides students with a wider range of resources and helps strengthen their social skills.


== References ==
Dunlap, J. C., et al., Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence. Journal of Information Systems Education v. 20 no. 2 (Summer 2009) p. 129-35
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