Twitter is definitely making itself known to the mainstream masses. In fact, outside of Facebook and Firefox, Twitter is the only other site I’ve mentioned to my real life friends who are not technically inclined.
We all know that a million Twitter projects and experiments have sprouted everywhere like the Twitter Packs project. I recently spotted a few other Twitter projects that I thought would be pretty cool to share.
Youth Twitter is one of the most interesting Twitter related projects I’ve ever seen.
We’re a safe, school-based twitter-like blogging network for students Paul Alison started Youth Twitter at the end of January 2008. Every teacher or adult who registers is immediately made into an Administrator with the same access that Paul has. Here’s a note from his blog about how Youth Twitter started. Paul has been teaching in the New York City public schools for 25 years and he is the Technology Liaison for the New York City Writing project. To learn more about Paul follow the link at the bottom of this quotation, and find “My Work Online.”
Utilizing the Prologue WordPress theme by Automattic, Youth Twitter is used for students to reflect on daily assignments, ask questions and of course, keep track of replies.
Remember the AOL Homework Help forums? You can look at Twitter Youth as an evolution of that. Social networks and social media applications are being used more and more not only for personal reasons, but also as educational tools. It would nice to see more projects like this, possibly for courses and universities across the US.