And Twitter...it is impossible to explain the impact Twitter can have on the big picture with a group of students--I do not use Twitter directly at present, but I sure do use it as a backchannel outside of class. All of you who use it know the ancillary benefits that can come from every single view of your last 4 star rating on a book on Goodreads that student followers see.
So far, I think that I should err on the side of caution, which means Twitter will be a no-go for this year. Since I used it informally, I will be the only one who feels the instructional loss. I will miss the direct contact with students, but the most difficult part will be explaining that I must block them--they will want to smell censorship, so I will have to reassure them. And does my administration know that blocking them will not necessarily remove them from all interaction with me on Twitter? I am not sure.
How do you manage the gap between what you know works and your responsibility to protect your students?