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Aspden, Elizabeth J. and Thorpe, Louise P. (2009). "Where do you learn?": Tweeting to inform learning space development. Retrieved March 28, 2010, from http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/WhereDoYouLearnTweetingtoInfor/163852


This article focuses on the use of Twitter for data-collection as well as a way to check on the decision making process of the participants.


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Bloom, Molly (2009). Eanes' Westlake High School experiments with Twitter. Retrieved March 28, 2010 fromhttp://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/education/entries/2009/04/27/westlake_high_school_experimen.html


This newspaper blog highlights an Austin high school for adding Twitter as a line of communication between administrators and the students and parents.

Campbell, Nick (2009). Twitter for education. Retrieved March 6, 2010, from http://www.tienetwork.org/content/view/302/


This article provides an overview of Twitter and how to utilize it for education. The author points out how Twitter can be used to provide extra information to students. With newer cellular technologies, students can immediately access the information. The website can be used to post a topic and encourage discussions amongst students. Due to character limits on posts it also forces students to get right to the point. 

Dunlap, Joanna C. (2009). "Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence". Retrieved March 28, 2010 from http://www.patricklowenthal.com/publications/Using_Twitter_to_Enhance_Social_Presence.pdf


This article addresses the use of Twitter in distance learning as a way to engage the students socially. It also has some suggested guidelines for the integration and use of Twitter.

Ganis, Frank (2009). "Social Learning" Buzz Masks Deeper Dimensions: Mitigating the Confusion Surrounding "Social Learning". Retrieved March 28, 2010 fromhttp://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/45/bd/4a.pdf


This report takes a look at "Social Learning" and it's pros and cons. It applies Albert Bandera's four step model to the use of social learning and points out what is needed in the field.

Grosseck, Gabriela, and Holotescu, Carmen (2008). Can We Use Twitter for Educational Activities? Retrieved March 4, 2010 from http://adlunap.ro/eLSE_publications/papers/2008/015.-697.1.Grosseck%20Gabriela-Can%20we%20use.pdf


This article provides a description of what Twitter is and gives a few examples of other micro-blogging sites across the world.  It also provides a long list of potential educational uses for Twitter and discusses some of the drawbacks of using Twitter in the classroom.  It then outlines some guidance that should be adopted before using Twitter in the classroom. 

Java, A., Song, X., Finin, T., and Tseng, B. (2007, August). “Why we Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities.” Proceedings of the Joint 9th 

WEBKDD and 1st SNA-KDD Workshop 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2008, from 



This article discusses why we use Twitter in society and how it can be used in an educational setting.

Kurtz, Jeff  (2009).  Twittering about Learning: Using Twitter in an Elementary School Classroom   Retrieved March 4, 2010 from http://eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/45/8c/d8.pdf


This article describes how a 1st and 2nd grade teacher uses Twitter to enhance student learning and parent communication.  The author explains that as a class they "tweet" several times a day about what they are learning or doing.  Students work as a class or in partners to edit the writing to make it fit in a 140 character limit. Parents and grandparents follow the class Twitter postings to find out about the students are doing.

Parry, David (2008). Twitter for Academia. Retrieved March 6, 2010 from http://academhack.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/


This article discusses the benefits of using Twitter in a classroom setting. It points out students using Twitter can convey thoughts instantly and also develop better relationships compared to those developed when just seeing each other one or two hours a week in class. The article indicates how Twitter has a number of features including tracking certain words in order to track certain subjects, and it also provides a good way for students to share ideas and brainstorm.

Silverman, Emily; Coffman, Margaret; Younker, Betty (2007). Cheep, Chirp, Twitter, and Whistle. Retrieved March 28, 2010 from http://www3.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?news_story_ID=53291&print=yes


This article gives an in depth look into one interdisciplinary lesson plan using Twitter. It is activity based and designed for the third and fourth Grade classroom.

Waller, Martin (2009). Multiliteracies and Meaningful Learning Contexts in the Primary Classroom. Retrieved March 28, 2010 from http://www.changinghorizons.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/uklapaper09.pdf


This article highlights using a variety of technology resources in the primary classroom.  They use film, an interactive whiteboard as well as twitter.  They tweet on a daily basis to promote reflective learning. Using twitter to reflect upon their activities, forces children take the time to think about what they are learning. They also read and discussed responses to their postings to promote whole class discussion.

Williamson, Debra (2008). College Students Online: Driving Change in Internet and Mobile Usage. Retrieved March 28, 2010 from http://www.emarketer.com/Reports/All/Emarketer_2000524.aspx?utm_source=Adweek&utm_medium=TextReportCollegeStudent&utm_campaign=AdWeek0908&aff=Adweek


This article highlights current numbers and the trends for increased Internet usage by American college students. It also provides current statistics on cellular phone owners among students and states how students are the main driving force for the popularity of social networking sites. 

Woodard, Amber (2009). From Zero to Web 2.0: Part 1. Retrieved March 28, 2010 fromhttp://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb6365/is_200909/ai_n39230628/


This article gives us insight on how a library was able to start integrating new technologies, including social networks.

Young, Jeffrey R. (2009). 10 High Fliers on Twitter. Retrieved March 28, 2010 from http://chronicle.com/article/10-High-Fliers-on-Twitter/16488


This article gives us an understanding on how Twitter is currently being used by 10 professors and administrators. They each share what they get out of using Twitter.


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