Academhack came up with some great ideas on how to use Twitter in the classroom.  I agree it can be an exciting tool to engage students outside of the classroom. Mr Dooley expanded on the idea by offering an extensive list of resources, ideas, hints, tips, and tricks on how to positively affect your classroom with the use of Twitter on his own blog.

Classroom Community:
I believe this to be a very useful way to “hook” non-believers into Twitter. Create the community by having all students follow each other and yourself. Tweet a few minor writing assignments and the community will be off and running. Students will undoubtedly be engaged in rich discussion (some more than others though), which should stimulate ongoing interaction beyond school walls. An interesting tidbit that academhack mentions is Clive Thompson sixth sense of Twitter.

Track a word or phrase:
Students can track specific words and phrases through Twitter which could help them keep tabs on current events. This could be really helpful in classes where Current Events is relied on heavily.

Student can follow professionals:
Following people of interest (and there are LOTS of them) can help stimulate the “believability” of Twitter’s usefulness to students. Have students find political figures, rocket scientists, colleges, or famous people!