I just read a blog post about shy students using Twitter in class by Michael G.
Michael said in his post, “And besides, receiving Tweets in class is so unprofessional.What, am I supposed to stop my class so I can check my phone for a Tweet?” There are several ways you can use Twitter.
First of all, if the students are under 13, they are not to be on Twitter. So have a class account and they can Tweet on the one account. This making it so the teacher can delete anything inappropriate, but also allowing the student to ask without even being known. Students can ask questions and interact in class.
Also, if you have a scrolling Twitter page up all the time with the interactions of the students, then you can glance at it while teaching and focus on what they are asking. I know teachers who use Twitter in their classrooms of both over and under the age of 13.
There are many benefits to teaching with Twitter and other social networks that will not interfere with teaching and giving attention to students. You do not have to be on your phone or computer to interact with students, but this could be an added bonus.