Dr. Monica Rankin, a professor at the University of Texas Dallas, and her students sound-off on the benefits of using Twitter in the classroom. Most notably, the quieter kids in class have a platform where they can speak up and Rankin sees a higher-ordered exchanging of ideas.
If you are new to Twitter, this article is an excellent resource explaining the benefits of using the social media platform in the classroom, as well as instructions on how to use Twitter both professionally and personally.
Article author and educator Stephanie Hedge uses Twitter to turn distractions into "classroom-focused activities." She also views Twitter as a tool to include and engage all her students both in class as well as out while giving them an opportunity to practice their writing skills at the same time.