My first computer took a walk to the cafeteria and a cup of coffee to boot up. The letters on the screen were orange.
When I got a mouse, the IT guy told me to play solitaire to practice dexterous mouse-moving. So I went home and took out the cards...
Now many work and play on computers night and day. Some carry their computers everywhere in a phone.
Students use these networks and text message their friends just to stay in touch--I think back to that multifolded note passed in class.
Which brings me to The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies and Twitter as a classroom tool.
Twitter is an easy online tool to master--only 140 characters allowed in a tweet and the site counts for you, prohibits longer posts.
Jim Burke describes it in Tweeting Your Way to Better Grades as “the concept of communicating in a short note.”
Twitter allows users to quickly share tidbits of thoughts, ideas, information simultaneously with many who are their followers.
Kind of like broadcast text messages....which you can also read on your cell phone or Blackberry.
Twitter is one vehicle--the latest, trendiest vehicle--that's all about communicating in writing--a place to start with simple parameters.
It's one of those online tools that the teens mentioned in Writing between the Lines—and Everywhere Else are using outside of school.
It’s a tool with much potential to enable learning both in and out of school as noted in Tweeting.