"I was questionable from the beginning of its purpose but found out that I did benefit from it more than I had predicted."
"With that being said, it was very difficult for me to personally get many benefits out of twitter. Since the time that I am leisurely sitting at the computer does not exceed 30 minutes, and 30 minutes is complete max, I didn’t find that twitter was overly helpful to me. I would ask questions regarding assignments or class notes and wouldn’t get immediate responses therefore I thought of twitter more as a casual email. When asking questions over email responses take a while and I felt that twitter was the same way.
Whenever I sat down to write a paper, whether it was for this class or not, I would log onto twitter. I would say something on twitter just for participation points, and that’s all it was for, participation points. I would post comments knowing that I would not receive any responses. Knowing that people wouldn’t respond to my comments because there was nothing to respond to gave me a sense that I did my participation for twitter and then I was done. Since I rarely got responses back from twitter I feel that it was a lot like the blogging done in class. I got very few comments on my blogs and I too didn’t comment on too many people’s blogs. There was a lack of communication both in twitter and in blogging, though I do take fault in."
"I also feel that twitter would have been more beneficial if we would have been a closer knit group of students. Patrick was the only student in the class that I knew, and for some reason we never saw each other’s twitters posts, therefore I felt like I had no one to personally talk to on twitter. For all I know every time someone read my post about being at the library they could care less. My name was in my screen name on twitter so I think they knew who I was in class yet I was not acknowledged by other students both on twitter or in class and I too didn’t acknowledge them either."
"I would recommend continuing to have students use twitter but two pieces of advice I would suggest would be to try to get your students more involved with one another and also try to get to know your students and their internet usage. I wouldn’t hold the non-internet savvy students accountable for their lack of twitter use. As long as you see that they are trying to make a conscious effort I would take that into consideration that their internet use had increased, even if just a little bit. And it’s all because of twitter!"