Everyone from A-list stars to your youngest charge will now be familiar with Twitter. But how can it help in the classroom?
When you saw that this article was about Twitter, did you sigh and shake your head? Maybe even curse the micro-blogging craze that you can't help but hear about every other day? It was no surprise then that when Sir Jim Rose's latest review proposed that schools include it in the primary curriculum, the news was met with a mixture of horror and disdain.
Many teachers have already learnt the hard way that maintaining some kind of online presence on Facebook can have disastrous consequences when they discovered that pupils were able to access half-nakeddrunkenold (delete as appropriate) photos of them that friends had lovingly tagged.
Twitter is often described as a website, but it's really a platform providing a service that allows users to write up to 140-character status updates at any time - hence the term micro-blogging. Egocentric celebrities have been keen to sign up. In Stephen Fry's case, that means sharing pictures and minute-by-minute updates when he's stuck in a lift. But few teachers would be so willing to put their personal lives on display. When it comes to Twitter for pupils, keeping their attention when they are "tweeting" on computers or mobile phones would surely be a challenge.