Twitter: a tool for a new generation of academic conversation or Not? (Updated)

You might remember various Technology in Higher Education posts exploring:

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Should we not leave Twitter out as a tool for a new generation of academic conversation? A brief piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on how Ed Techie, an education blogger, finds On Twitter, Academic Debates Fall Short.  Note:  Comments on the The Chronicle of Higher Education post, include suggestions for sharpening the use of Twitter for such excercises. Read all about it (and more) on Ed Techie’s blog.

What do you think of Twitter as a tool for educational conversation AND creating virality in education?  Something you’d be interested in trying w/ESN?

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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One Comment

    Lhynard commented on February 9, 2009 Reply

    I must admit that I can’t see any valuable purpose for Twitter, academic or otherwise, but I’m becoming a grouchy old man, so what do I know.

    In all seriousness though, Twitter is too limited by length of comments; real dialog needs complete arguments. I think it is a (sad) sign of the times that people want information only in bite-size bits. A good argument cannot be made out of bite-size bits.

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