I am not new to Twitter, I have been using it for a few years. However, the way I was using it before, was nowhere near how I am using it for this class. I was on a completely different end of twitter, the Twitter with funny memes and all types of jokes. For this class, I made a new Twitter so that I could experience a different side of it. I did not realize how helpful the educational side of Twitter was. I just thought Twitter was a funny app that I go to in order to get a few laughs. I have started following other people in the ECMP 355 class who share many interesting ideas and resources.
I was also introduced to the new idea of the TweetDeck. I had never heard of this before and found it really interesting. I had no idea that you could even do that on Twitter. Through the TweetDeck, we joined in on the Saskedchat. I knew that people communicated in this type of way through Twitter, but I had no idea that there could be so many people participating all at once. I thought that this was a really great idea to get people involved in discussing different ideas in education.
I think that Twitter in the classroom could be very beneficial and a great way to get students engaged. If you had older students in the classroom, it would be a good idea to have your own version of the Saskedchat during class as a way to get the whole class participating and sharing their ideas. It could also be helpful to have a classroom Twitter page as a way to keep parents updated with what is happening in the classroom.