Twitter: A Productive and Learning Tool for the SMS Generation3“Shorty Awards”
. This is a prize which aims to identify the best twitters on the planet, and itis ganning a lot of interest into the Twitter community. We believe that Twitter will emergeas a new educational tool in the future.Taking all of the above into account, in this paper, we present details of a teachingexperiment which used Twitter to complement the Portuguese lessons of 10th grade students.The activities were intended to assist and train students with their writing skills, to developreasoning and analytical competence, and to improve their capacity for summarize andcreativity, research activities, analysis and information sharing. Students had to write microstories and biographies, create Haikus
, write a diary, poems, and post news, thoughts,proverbs, aphorisms and riddles. These are some of the activities that were done by thestudents both inside and outside the classroom and published on Twitter.
After the spread and success of social networks now is the time for microbloggingapplications to enter into education. To Zago (2008) microblogging is a kind of "simplifiedblog”, because essentially it has the blog format, but in a simplified form. The maindifference seems to be size limitation, because each update can only be up to 140 characters.Twitter is the most serious social web after Google, YouTube and Facebook and it is now themost popular microblogging tool on a global scale (Zago, 2008).York (2007) presents ten ways to use Twitter:
as a source of news and views
a knowledge network
"virtual water cooler" - a time of "chatter"
keeping up with friends
tool for marketing or public relations
as a daily lesson in humility and succinctnessThe Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
, through its list of the 100 bestlearning tools in 2009, allows us to know the opinion and selection tools for education byprofessionals involved in teaching and training. Among all these tools, Twitter is one of them.Jane Hart (in Esains, 2009) suggests several reasons for the popularity of Web 2.0 tools foreducational purposes. One is that these tools are available to any user, teacher or student, who
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The haiku is derived from a previous form of poetry in vogue in Japan between the ninth and twelfth centuries,known as tanka. It had 3 lines, 5-7-5 syllables, treated religious themes or attached to the court. In thenineteenth century, the master Masaoka Shiki gave it a name: haiku (by the addition of words haiku andhokku). Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), was considered the first major Japanese haiku poet, was born samurai andadopted simplicity both in life and in poetic creation.