How I Use It
I used it as part of a weekly assignment with http://blogs.kqed.org/education/category/do-now/ that asks students to read about current events or arts and then join in a world wide discussion via Twitter.
Great tool to teach kids about the power of social media and how it can be used in an academic setting. This is an opportunity to help kids develop digital literacy and citizenship skills. It would be more effective if two teachers from separate schools used in the same way to get their kids to talk to each other during the course of the year, culminating in some kind of group project in real life. Then, it could be used to show how social media can create an academic community that can also work together in real life.