Twitter on its own is a nice simple tool suitable for keeping students up to date with subject news, deadlines, homework etc. It can also be used as a class discussion tool and for Q&A sessions. Another good use of Twitter is to get students to summarise their learning in the 140 character limit. Twitter is quite easy to manage which makes it a good introduction to using real social media with students as part of a sensible esafety strategy. I am in the process of trying to get parents following me as well to help them know what their child is doing in Business Studies.
Remember to create a hashtag to help categorise your tweets: for Business Studies I use #fhebiz and for ICT I use #fhesict.
If you are new to Twitter or would like some ideas for how to introduce your students to it see Twitter VLE lesson A lesson I created for Year 9 students
Twitter third party tools are constantly being developed and can add some really nice features that can also have educational benefit. Below are my favourites.