Communication technologies such as text messaging and microblogging connect people electronically. These things are enjoyed mostly by adolescents, college age students and other adults under the age of 50. The most common form of microblogging is Twitter. These social media technologies are huge, and an important part of lives, and they aren’t going away any time soon.
These communication technologies can also be used as educational technologies. They can provide ways for teachers to communicate with students outside of class as well as a way for students to collaborate even if they are far apart in distance. They can also provide ways to share educational content such as articles and images related to classroom content.
These communication tools come from a long line of communication technologies such as the printing press, telephone, and television. However, these new technologies have decreased the for these devices by doing the same jobs in simpler and faster ways. Text messaging and microblogging differ from things that use the printing press because information can be spread quicker and without the use of paper. However, they have to same purpose, to communicate and spread thoughts and new ideas.
I think text messaging and microblogging could play several roles in the future for classroom teaching and academic learning. Many of their roles are starting today. Teachers can use group text services to send reminders to their students about assignments and upcoming events. Students could collaborate and communicate with projects through this also. Microblogging could also let students and teachers spread their ideas about a topic see what the opinions of people around the world on a subject.
Here is a great post from the New York Times about this topic: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/ask-teachers-about-twitter-and-microblogging-in-the-classroom/?_r=0