Twitter is a free social network service that allows registered members to broadcast short posts called tweets. Tweets and replies to tweets can be sent by cell phone text message, desktop client or by posting at the Twitter.com website.
According to some specialists, there are some reasons of why Educators should use Twitter. Some of these reasons are:
- To be exposed to new ideas and methods.
- To enrich your professional organization membership.
- To keep up with trending news in education
1) Why is this particular tool or technology relevant to language learning? What approaches to language learning or research underpin the use of this technology?
According to Carpentera, Krutkab and others (2014) While the microblogging service Twitter is increasingly popular among educators and offers numerous affordances for learning, its relationship with formal education systems remains complicated by generally ambivalent educator attitudes and institutional policies. However, Twitter can be useful even to use with a group of students, to have communication with them and to develop writing activities that need authentic communication in order to use English in the reality.
2) How might you use it to foster language learning? Think about your target audience.
As I said above, there are many opportunities that Twitter can bring to a classroom. Since nowadays almost everyone has a cellphone or any technological device, it can be easily downloaded from all around the world. There many different ways to use social networks with teaching purposes, by creating a group or a network of information for an specific class, to create an approach with students that cannot attend a physical classroom or to send useful information to an specific group of people.
3) What limitations can you see with the use of this technology for the purposes of language learning?
As this device consist on micro-blogging information, only short messages can be sent by using it. Perhaps it is not as complete as a real blog such as WordPress or Tumblr but anyway it allows you to create bridges of communication with the students.